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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella: Bonjour chers auditeurs! Je m'appelle Gabriella. Bienvenue à FrenchPod101.com. This is Lower Intermediate, Season 2, Lesson 25 - The Sad Story of a Little French Goldfish.
Jeremy: Moi, c'est Jeremy.
Gabriella: Let's get started. Quel est le sujet de la leçon d'aujourd'hui ?
Jeremy: In this last lesson of the series, you'll learn how to express regret and grief in French. The conversation is between Laure, Vincent, and Marc.
Gabriella: Ok, donc c'est une conversation familière ?
Jeremy: Oui, et Marc est très triste, son poisson rouge est mort...
DIALOGUE
Marc: Mon poisson rouge est mort...
Vincent : Comment ça se fait ? Tu ne l'as pas nourri ?
Marc : Si, je lui donnais de la pizza, des haricots... de tout, quoi !
Laure : Mais ça ne mange pas ça, un poisson. Tu aurais dû nous demander...
Marc : Si j'avais su, j'aurais fait plus attention...
(plus tard)
Vincent : C'est horrible pour le poisson mais... il m'a fait penser à Petit Gibus !
Laure : "Si j'aurais su, j'aurais pas venu !"
Gabriella: Now let's hear it with the English translation.
Marc: Mon poisson rouge est mort...
Marc: My goldfish is dead...
Vincent : Comment ça se fait ? Tu ne l'as pas nourri ?
Vincent: How come? You didn't feed it?
Marc : Si, je lui donnais de la pizza, des haricots... de tout, quoi !
Marc: I did! I fed it pizza, beans...everything, really!
Laure : Mais ça ne mange pas ça, un poisson. Tu aurais dû nous demander...
Laure: But fish don't eat any of that at all. You should have asked us...
Marc : Si j'avais su, j'aurais fait plus attention...
Marc: If I had known, I would've been more careful...
Vincent : C'est horrible pour le poisson mais... il m'a fait penser à Petit Gibus !
Vincent: It's horrible for the fish...but it reminded me of Petit Gibus!
Laure : "Si j'aurais su, j'aurais pas venu !"
Laure: "If I had known, I wouldn't have come!"
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Gabriella: How sad… But who is Petit Gibus?
Jeremy: It’s one of the main characters of the movie La Guerre des Boutons.
Gabriella: The War of the Buttons… What a strange title!
Jeremy: It’s originally a novel written in 1912. It tells of children in the French countryside, from two different towns. And they fight because of this difference.
Gabriella: You mean… Because they're from different towns?
Jeremy: Yes, this is actually a novel and a movie against the stupidity of war.
Gabriella: Oh, d’accord. C’est vrai que “ville” et “pays”, après tout, c’est pareil !
Jeremy: Eh oui.
Gabriella: But what’s the point of the buttons?
Jeremy: It’s like a trophy. The children started to cut the buttons from their enemies’ vests to make them get told off by their parents.
Gabriella: That’s mean!
Jeremy: Oui, c’est méchant, mais les adultes font pareil. Et la phrase de Petit Gibus est devenue célèbre! “Si j’aurais su, j’aurais pas venu”.
Gabriella: Eh bien, je devrais regarder ce film, ça a l’air intéressant!
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Gabriella: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. So, what’s our first word?
Jeremy: haricot.
Gabriella: "Bean"
Jeremy: It can be used like that, but the French usually specify which type of beans they are talking about, referring to the color.
Gabriella: Il y a donc les haricots verts et les haricots rouges…
Jeremy: "French or green beans," and "kidney beans." Il y a aussi les haricots blancs...
Gabriella: "navy beans"…
Jeremy: et les haricots beurre !
Gabriella: "Butter beans"?
Jeremy: "Yellow French beans," actually. We say butter in reference to the color!
Gabriella: Ok; je vois ! Next word?
Jeremy: Poisson rouge.
Gabriella: "Goldfish." But the French say "red fish.”
Jeremy: Yes. You can also describe someone with a short memory with this word.
Gabriella: (laughs), that’s funny!
Jeremy: Le dernier mot est une expression - faire penser à.
Gabriella: "To remind someone of."
Jeremy: Let’s hear an example - Fais-moi penser à prendre du pain.
Gabriella: "Remind me to buy some bread." Ok! Let’s move on to the grammar!
GRAMMAR POINT
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to express regret and grief.
Jeremy: Oui, nous allons apprendre à exprimer le regret et le chagrin.
Gabriella: Regret and grief. Poor Marc!
Jeremy: Yes, it’s really sad, and he regrets his mistake a lot.
Gabriella: So, how did he express his regrets?
Jeremy: He used the conditional mood. The most common is the verb avoir followed by a present participle.
Gabriella: In English, we would use “I should have…”
Jeremy: Exact. Voilà la conjugaison - j’aurais, tu aurais, il/elle aurait.
Gabriella: "I should have," "you should have," "he or she should have."
Jeremy: nous aurions, vous auriez, ils/elles auraient.
Gabriella: "We should have," "you should have," "they should have."
Jeremy: Voilà un exemple - J’aurais dû étudier plus sérieusement à l’école.
Gabriella: "I should have studied more seriously at school."
Jeremy: Un autre qui vient du dialogue – Tu aurais dû nous demander…
Gabriella: "You should have asked us….”
Jeremy: You can also add si j’avais su, like Petit Gibus.
Gabriella: "If I had known…"
Jeremy: This is used to increase the feeling of regret or grief. Si j’avais su, j’aurais étudié plus sérieusement à l’école.
Gabriella: “If I had known, I would've studied more seriously at school."
Jeremy: Si j’avais su, j’aurais fait plus attention...
Gabriella: "If I had known, I would've been more careful..."
Jeremy: Once you know the conjugation, just add the present participle of a verb and it’s ok!
Gabriella: It seems easier explained this way.
Jeremy: Oui, c’est exact. C’est plus facile qu’on ne le pense !
Gabriella: Donc, n’hésitez pas à pratiquer dans les commentaires!

Outro

Jeremy: Bonne chance, et à la prochaine!
Gabriella: That brings us to the end of this series. We hope you enjoyed it, and found it useful. Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you again in another series! Salut!

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Bonjour tout le monde ! Est-ce que vous connaissez la Guerre des Boutons ?

Hi everyone! Do you know this movie, La Guerre des Boutons?

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Is the grammar not the conditional passé? Should it say past participle not present participle?