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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Words Often Used In Daily Conversation
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine!
Eric: This is Must-Know French Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 24. In this lesson you'll learn Words Often Used In Daily Conversation.
Eric: People use these all the time in daily conversation.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Yasmine: blague
Yasmine: vachement
Yasmine: machin
Yasmine: en fait
Eric: Yasmine, what's our first expression?
Yasmine: blague
Eric: When it's used as a slang expression it means "joke."
Yasmine: [SLOW] blague [NORMAL] blague
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: blague
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this expression when you want to talk about jokes. It is less formal than "
Yasmine: plaisanterie,
Eric: which has the same meaning, and shorter, which is why many people use it.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Sa blague était très drôle. [SLOW] Sa blague était très drôle.
Eric: "Their joke was very funny."
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Sa blague était très drôle.
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Yasmine: vachement
Eric: literally meaning "very." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "really."
Yasmine: [SLOW] vachement [NORMAL] vachement
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: vachement
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to emphasize something. It can be both used with positive or negative words. It is stronger than
Yasmine: très,
Eric: meaning “very”.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Ce gâteau est vachement bon! [SLOW] Ce gâteau est vachement bon!
Eric: "This cake is really good!"
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Ce gâteau est vachement bon!
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Yasmine: machin
Eric: literally meaning "thing." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "thingamabob, thingy."
Yasmine: [SLOW] machin [NORMAL] machin
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: machin
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you talk about something you don't remember the name of. It can also be used to replace people when you don't remember their name.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Ta réunion de travail avec Machin s'est bien passée? [SLOW] Ta réunion de travail avec Machin s'est bien passée?
Eric: "Did your business meeting with what's-his/her-name go well?"
Yasmine: [NORMAL] Ta réunion de travail avec Machin s'est bien passée?
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Yasmine: en fait
Eric: literally meaning "in fact." But when it's used as a slang expression it means "actually."
Yasmine: [SLOW] en fait [NORMAL] en fait
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Yasmine: en fait
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to give your honest opinion about something.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Yasmine: [NORMAL] En fait, ce n'est pas tout à fait ça. [SLOW] En fait, ce n'est pas tout à fait ça.
Eric: "Actually, that's not quite it."
Yasmine: [NORMAL] En fait, ce n'est pas tout à fait ça.
QUIZ
Eric: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Eric: You use this word to add emphasis to an adjective.
Yasmine: vachement
Eric: "really"
Eric: You want to show that what you said wasn’t true, you just said it to entertain your friends.
Yasmine: blague
Eric: "joke"
Eric: You are talking to your friends, and add this in front of the sentence to add emphasis.
Yasmine: en fait
Eric: "actually"
Eric: You use this word to replace another one which you can’t remember.
Yasmine: machin
Eric: "thingamabob, thingy"

Outro

Eric: There you have it; you have mastered four French Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at FrenchPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Yasmine: Au revoir!

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