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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know French Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 14. Talking About the Past.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for talking about something in the past.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "I went to the post office this morning."
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Yasmine: [slow] Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Eric: The pattern for talking about something in the past has 3 elements. First, the pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb conjugated in the first person singular, feminine and perfect tense. In this case, "I went."
Yasmine: suis allée.
Eric: Third, the complement, in this case "to the post office this morning."
Yasmine: à la poste ce matin.
Eric: Altogether, we have "I went to the post office this morning."
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin. [slow] Je suis allée à la poste ce matin. [normal] Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Eric: First you have a pronoun, then a verb conjugated in the perfect tense. The writing of the verb varies depending on if the speaker is a man or a woman. Finally you have the complement.
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Eric: So remember, to talk about something that happened in the past, start with a pronoun, then a verb in the past tense, and then the thing you want to talk about.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "I went to the beach." First, the pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb conjugated in the first person singular, feminine and perfect tense. In this case, "I went."
Yasmine: suis allée.
Eric: Third, the complement, in this case "to the beach."
Yasmine: à la plage.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la plage. [slow] Je suis allée à la plage. [normal] Je suis allée à la plage.
Eric: "I went to the beach."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la plage.
Eric: How do you say - "I went to the hairdresser's." To give you a hint, "to go to the hairdresser's" is...
Yasmine: aller chez le coiffeur. [slow] aller chez le coiffeur. [normal] aller chez le coiffeur.
Eric: "I went to the hairdresser's."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée chez le coiffeur. [slow] Je suis allée chez le coiffeur. [normal] Je suis allée chez le coiffeur.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée chez le coiffeur.
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in French. Here we go.
Eric: "I went to the post office this morning."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Eric: "I went to the beach."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la plage.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la plage.
Eric: "I went to the hairdresser's."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée chez le coiffeur.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis allée chez le coiffeur.

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for talking about something in the past, as in...
Yasmine: Je suis allée à la poste ce matin.
Eric: meaning "I went to the post office this morning."
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on FrenchPod101.com. Thanks, everyone, see you next time!
Yasmine: A la prochaine!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What did you do last weekend?

romainé
Monday at 07:09 AM
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😁😁

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Wednesday at 05:22 PM
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Bonjour French Girl,

Could you perhaps explain in what ways the lesson was lacking? What made it so confusing?

As for the PDF, the lesson PDF is organized in sections and seems to be quite clear, while the lesson transcript PDF follows the audio of the lesson perfectly. Everything seems fine to me, I really have trouble pinpointing what the problem is here. If you could be a little more precise, I'd appreciate it!


Bonne journée,

Marion

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french girl
Tuesday at 12:13 AM
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i get the point of it but the lesson was incomplete

the pdf was bad too

why?

parce que le pdf ce ne fait tell me about avoir and it le pdf was so twisted and confusing

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Thursday at 09:56 PM
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Bonjour Denitsa,

Merci pour ton commentaire ! Tu as raison, il a fait beau le weekend passé. Moi aussi je suis allée me promener ! 😄


À bientôt,

Marion

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Denitsa
Monday at 08:32 AM
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Je suis allée me promener a l'extérieur. Il faisait beau le week-end.

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Monday at 03:45 AM
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Bonjour Marcela,


Merci beaucoup pour ce gentil message !😄


Il faut dire "mon dernier week-end".


Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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Marcela
Friday at 10:07 PM
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❤️️ J'ai adoré le cours. Merci d'avoir fait quelque chose de très bien et pour un prix accessible.


What did you do last weekend?


Mon derniére weekend je sui allée au cinema et J'assistée les adorables femmes.

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Wednesday at 10:14 PM
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Bonjour Maria !


Merci pour votre commentaire !


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À bientôt,

Levente

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Sunday at 09:55 PM
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Bonjour Mia,


Thank you for your comment.

It is a metaphoric expression, meaning "overnight", "from one day to another".


Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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ANN E TAYLOR
Thursday at 11:34 AM
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👍 J'ai etudie pour deux ans a l'universite en Floride. Ce n'est pas possible a recommencer mes etudes; je travail au plein temps. Merci!