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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 2, Expressing What You Want.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for expressing what you want.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "I want a book for Christmas."
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël.
Yasmine: [slow] Je veux un livre à Noël.
Eric: The pattern for expressing what you want has 3 elements. First, a pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to want," conjugated in the first person singular.
Yasmine: veux.
Eric: Third, a complement, in this case a noun phrase meaning "a book for Christmas."
Yasmine: un livre à Noël.
Eric: Altogether, we have "I want a book for Christmas."
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël. [slow] Je veux un livre à Noël. [normal] Je veux un livre à Noël.
Eric: First you have the pronoun, then the verb "to want" conjugated according to the pronoun. Lastly, the complement expressing what it is you want. In the case of a noun, an article is needed before it and also after the verb. The article is modified according to the gender and number of the noun. In case of a verb, it should be in the infinitive form.
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël.
Eric: So remember, to express you want something, say "I," plus the verb "to want," plus the complement. Be aware of the number and gender in case of a noun.
Eric: Here’s another example meaning, "I want to win this contest." First, a pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to want," conjugated in the first person singular.
Yasmine: veux.
Eric: Third, a complement, in this case a verb phrase meaning "to win this contest."
Yasmine: gagner ce concours.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Je veux gagner ce concours. [slow] Je veux gagner ce concours. [normal] Je veux gagner ce concours.
Eric: "I want to win this contest."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux gagner ce concours.
Eric: How do you say - "I want to go on vacation." To give you a hint, "to go on holiday" is...
Yasmine: partir en vacances. [slow] partir en vacances. [normal] partir en vacances.
Eric: "I want to go on vacation."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux partir en vacances. [slow] Je veux partir en vacances. [normal] Je veux partir en vacances.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux partir en vacances.
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 want a book for Christmas."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël.
Eric: "I want to win this contest."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux gagner ce concours.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux gagner ce concours.
Eric: "I want to go on vacation."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux partir en vacances.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je veux partir en vacances.

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for expressing what you want, as in...
Yasmine: Je veux un livre à Noël.
Eric: meaning "I want a book for Christmas."
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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Listeners, what do you want?

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Wednesday at 03:06 PM
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Bonjour Maria,

Bravo, ta phrase est correcte ! Bon travail ! 😄


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Maria
Tuesday at 05:25 PM
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Je veux des gâteaux pour mon anniversaire.