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Gabriella: Salut chers auditeurs ! Je m'appelle Gabriella. Bienvenue à Lower Intermediate French, Season 2, Lesson 6 - Where to Learn About Foreign Cultures in France.
Jeremy: Moi, c'est Jeremy.
Gabriella: Let's get started. Quel est le sujet de la leçon d'aujourd'hui ?
Jeremy: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about numeral prefixes.
Gabriella: This conversation is a newspaper article read by Vincent, while playing a roleplaying game at home.
Jeremy: C’est donc du français formel.
Gabriella: Are these centers common in France?
Jeremy: Yes, you can find them in all the big cities—Paris, of course, but also in Toulouse, Lyon, and Bordeaux. France, as we already said in another lesson, is a multicultural country.
Gabriella: Quelles nationalités sont présentes en France?
Jeremy: Principalement des Espagnols, Italiens, Arabes, Polonais, Anglais et Allemands.
Gabriella: All the countries around France, basically.
Jeremy: Tout à fait! Et d’autres comme les Vietnamiens et les Algériens.
Gabriella: Because France had a huge colonial empire in the 19th century, right?
Jeremy: Right, so when these countries declared their independence, some people decided to move to France.
Gabriella: And the French have many dialects too, such as Breton or Occitan.
Jeremy: Oui, c’est déjà à l’origine une société multiculturelle !
Gabriella: It’s wonderful!
Gabriella Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. Jeremy, what’s our first word?
Jeremy: A disposition de.
Gabriella: Literally, it’s “at your disposal”, but also “available” or “for public use”.
Jeremy: It’s not necessarily for free, but when it is, it’s mentioned.
Gabriella: Can you use it in a sentence?
Jeremy: Lors de l’embauche, une voiture et un appartement seront mis à votre disposition gratuitement.
Gabriella: “When you’re hired, a car and an apartment will be at your disposal for free.”
Jeremy: Je reste à votre disposition.
Gabriella: "I remain at your disposal."
Jeremy: It’s really formal and used at luxury hotels and in official letters.
Gabriella: Got it! Quel est le prochain mot?
Jeremy: Centre, “center” in English.
Gabriella: And what is a center in France?
Jeremy: This word is mainly used for cultural centers, or in centre commercial.
Gabriella: "a mall or shopping center". So when centre is a building, it’s a gathering of a lot of different places, such as shops?
Jeremy: Oui, pour les centres culturels, tu peux trouver un café, une bibliothèque, des salles d’exposition.
Gabriella: "Coffee shops," "libraries," "exhibition rooms," and I bet there are some activities too?
Jeremy: Yes, concerts and shows!
Gabriella: Sounds really interesting! What’s our last word?
Jeremy: Bimensuel.
Gabriella: "Bi-monthly," so it’s published twice a month, right?
Jeremy: Yes, but it’s often misused in French. Les gens l’utilisent pour dire “tous les deux mois”.
Gabriella: Ok, Je ferais attention! Okay, now onto the grammar.
Gabriella: In this lesson, you’ll learn about numeral prefixes.
Jeremy: Oui, on va parler de UNI, BI, TRI et MULTI.
Gabriella: These prefixes come from Latin and mean "one," "two," "three," and "many."
Jeremy: Yes, since these are used in English and in many languages, they're quite simple to get.
Gabriella: Do you have a sentence from daily life?
Jeremy: Ce magazine de science-fiction est trimestriel.
Gabriella: "This science fiction magazine is a tri-monthly magazine."
Jeremy: Je préfère jouer à des jeux multijoueurs.
Gabriella: "I prefer to play multiplayer games." I don’t like multiplayer games!
Jeremy: (laughs) it’s never easy to get the right partners!
Gabriella: Il ne porte que des vêtements unicolores.
Jeremy: “He only wears plain clothes.”
Gabriella: You can also find UNI in unique, which is “one of a kind” in English.
Jeremy: So, only one item!
Gabriella: But you can also use these Latin prefixes for "four," "five," and more, right?
Jeremy: Oui, on les retrouve dans les mois par exemple!
Gabriella: "November," the ninth month in an old French calendar.
Jeremy: Exactly! And quadri stands for quatre, as in quadricolore.
Gabriella: You can also talk about age with it.
Jeremy: Oui, on parle de sexagénaire pour quelqu’un qui a entre 60 et 69 ans.
Gabriella: Or Octogénaire, for someone in their eighties. I think I get it.
Jeremy: These kinds of words are used for people starting from their forties.
Gabriella: So quadragénaire.
Jeremy: You got it!
Gabriella: merci! There's also déci, for "ten" as in décimal. All these words are the same in English, it’s easy.
Jeremy: Oui, tout à fait, c’est assez simple. Les Français ont aussi des préfixes grecs!
Gabriella: Which ones?
Jeremy: Tetra, which stands for quatre. You find it in tétraplégique.
Gabriella: Penta, as in Pentagone?
Jeremy: Oui, comme aux Etats-Unis!
Gabriella: I’ll remember this one easily, I guess.
Jeremy: Sure you will! Then you have poly, which is “many”.
Gabriella: ...as in polyglotte?
Jeremy: Oui, ça veut dire qu’on parle plusieurs langues!
Gabriella: Sounds quite easy!
Jeremy: Oui, ce n’est pas très difficile.
Gabriella: Donc, n’hésitez pas à pratiquer dans les commentaires!
Jeremy: Bonne chance, et à la prochaine!
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Jeremy: Okay, that’s all for this lesson.
Gabriella: Remember to check the lesson notes to reinforce what you’ve learned here, and leave us a comment. Thank you for listening everyone, and we’ll see you next time. Bye!
Jeremy: Salut!


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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Bonjour tout le monde ! Vous connaissiez ces centres culturels ?

Hi everyone! Did you know about these cultural centers?

Friday at 6:33 am
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Hi Marcia,

Thank you for your comment !

Vous devriez venir en France pour visiter ces centres culturels ! :grin: (You should come to france to visit these cultural centers !)

Have a nice day,

Marie Alice

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Marcia Dowell
Wednesday at 3:05 am
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Je ne connais pas ces centres culturels.