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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 19. Using the Verb "to Sound."
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for communicating one's approval or disapproval.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "This music sounds good."
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien.
Yasmine: [slow] Cette musique sonne bien.
Eric: The pattern for communicating one's approval or disapproval has 4 elements. First, the adjective "this," in this case in the singular feminine form.
Yasmine: Cette.
Eric: Second, the noun, in this case "music."
Yasmine: musique.
Eric: Third, the verb "to sound," conjugated in the third person singular.
Yasmine: sonne.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "good."
Yasmine: bien.
Eric: Altogether, we have "This music sounds good."
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien. [slow] Cette musique sonne bien. [normal] Cette musique sonne bien.
Eric: First you have the adjective "this," either in the masculine, feminine or plural form, depending on the following noun's gender. After that comes the verb "to sound" modified in gender and number according to the noun, and lastly the adjective, also modified in gender and number according to the noun.
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien.
Eric: So remember, to give your opinion about something, first start with the adjective "this," followed by a noun. Then we have the verb "to sound" modified in gender and number according to the subject, and finish with an adjective that describes your feelings.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "These compliments sound sincere." First, the adjective "this" in this case in the plural masculine form.
Yasmine: Ces.
Eric: Second, the noun, in this case "compliments."
Yasmine: compliments.
Eric: Third, the verb "to sound" conjugated in third person plural.
Yasmine: sonnent.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "sincere."
Yasmine: sincères.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Ces compliments sonnent sincères. [slow] Ces compliments sonnent sincères. [normal] Ces compliments sonnent sincères.
Eric: "These compliments sound sincere."
[pause]
Yasmine: Ces compliments sonnent sincères.
Eric: How do you say - "This idea sounds wonderful!" To give you a hint, "wonderful" is...
Yasmine: merveilleux. [slow] merveilleux. [normal] merveilleux.
Eric: "This idea sounds wonderful!"
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette idée sonne merveilleuse! [slow] Cette idée sonne merveilleuse! [normal] Cette idée sonne merveilleuse!
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette idée sonne merveilleuse!
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: "This music sounds good."
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien.
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien.
Eric: "These compliments sound sincere."
[pause]
Yasmine: Ces compliments sonnent sincères.
[pause]
Yasmine: Ces compliments sonnent sincères.
Eric: "This idea sounds wonderful!"
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette idée sonne merveilleuse!
[pause]
Yasmine: Cette idée sonne merveilleuse!

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for communicating one's approval or disapproval, as in...
Yasmine: Cette musique sonne bien.
Eric: meaning "This music sounds good."
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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😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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How does heavy metal music sound to you?

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Wednesday at 09:06 PM
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Bonjour Carey,


Il faut dire "cette idée sonne bien" ou "c'est une bonne idée".


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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careyxxx
Wednesday at 05:02 AM
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What is the difference between "Cette idée sonne merveilleuse" and "C'est une bonne idéa"? Which phrase is used more often? Can I say "Cette idée sonne bonne"?

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Saturday at 09:37 AM
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Bonjour Mulushewa !

Merci pour votre commentaire.


Il faut dire: "Très bien, merveilleux !"


Bonne journée

Marie Alice

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Mulushewa Abera
Monday at 06:38 PM
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Trè bon! merveillenuse!