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Sam : Hello and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. I'm joined here by my two friends...
Alex: Bonjour c’est Alexandre.
Sam : And...
Céline: Céline.
Sam : Well, I think they're my friends. No, I'm joking. They're my friends.
Céline: Bien sûr.
Alex: Of course!
Sam : Today we have Newbie Series, lesson 23: How Much? So, before we get started, what's the backdrop for today's lesson?
Alex: The focus of this lesson is to ask about prices.
Céline: Tout à fait. This dialogue follows the previous one and takes place in the subway where a man continues his conversation with Julie, asking for subway ticket prices.
Sam : Ok. So is this going to be formal French or informal French, Alex?
Alex: They will be speaking formally.
Sam : Oh, ok. Sounds great. Let's go. But before we start, let's remind our listeners that they can reinforce what they learn by using the flashcards in the learning center. At some point in time, we've all used flashcards during our study. The bottom line is they work. At FrenchPod101.com, we understand this and we have flashcards for you to study from. So let's get into today's conversation.
Céline: C’est parti!
Sam: On y va!
Alex: Combien coûte le ticket Paris-visite?
Céline: Ça fait vingt-sept euros cinquante!
Alex: Deux tickets, s’il vous plaît.
Céline: Ça fait cinquante-cinq euros s'il vous plaît!
Sam : One more time, slowly.
Alex: Encore une fois, lentement.
Alex: Combien coûte le ticket Paris-visite?
Céline: Ça fait vingt-sept euros cinquante!
Alex: Deux tickets, s’il vous plaît.
Céline: Ça fait cinquante-cinq euros s'il vous plaît!
Sam : One more time with the English.
Alex: Encore une fois, avec l’anglais.
Alex: Combien coûte le ticket Paris-visite?
Sam : How much is the ticket Paris Visite?
Céline: Ça fait vingt-sept euros cinquante!
Sam : It’s 27.50 Euros, please!
Alex: Deux tickets, s’il vous plaît.
Sam : Two tickets, please.
Céline: Ça fait cinquante-cinq euros s'il vous plaît!
Sam : It’s 55.00 Euros please!
Sam : So guys, when you're traveling around Paris, are there any special offers for tickets or monthly passes?
Alex: Yeah. If you're going to be in Paris for a month, you can get the monthly pass, allowing you unlimited trips on the subway.
Céline: Yes, and also on busses and trains in Paris.
Sam : Ok. Now, can tourists and French citizens get this special pass?
Céline: Tout à fait.
Sam : Oh! Great.
Alex: I think you can even order it, now, via internet. Before you got France even, you know, you can get it.
Sam : Wow. You can do everything on the internet now, can't you?
Alex: Incredible.
Céline: C’est vrai.
Sam : Ok. Now, let's look at the vocabulary and phrases from this lovely lesson. The first item is?
Céline: Euros.
Sam : Euros.
Céline: Euros. Euros.
Sam : Next.
Alex: Coûter.
Sam : To cost.
Alex: Coûter. Coûter.
Sam : Next.
Céline: Combien.
Sam : How much.
Céline: Combien. Combien.
Sam : Next.
Alex: Ça fait.
Sam : It costs.
Alex: Ça fait. Ça fait.
Sam : Next.
Céline: Ticket.
Sam : Ticket.
Céline: Ticket. Ticket.
Sam : Next.
Alex: Deux.
Sam : Two.
Alex: Deux. Deux.
Sam : Next.
Céline: Vingt-sept.
Sam : Twenty-seven.
Céline: Vingt-sept. Vingt-sept.
Sam : Next.
Alex: Cinquante.
Sam : Fifty.
Alex: Cinquante. Cinquante.
Sam : Now let's take a look at how some of these words and phrases are used in the conversation.
Céline: Oui, Sam. The first word is "coûter." This verb is "to cost" in English.
Alex: "Coûter" belongs to the regular verbs. Par exemple: ça coûte 5 euros.
Sam : This cost five Euros.
Alex: Voilà !
Céline: Tout à fait, and in the dialogue, the man asks, "Combien coûtre le ticket Paris-visite?"
Sam : How much is a Paris visit ticket?
Céline: Tout à fait.
Sam : Great.
Céline: You can also ask, "Combien ça fait?"
Sam : How much is this?
Céline: Oui. So next word is... Alex?
Alex: Ça fait.
Sam : This costs.
Alex: In this phrase, even though the verb "faire," meaning "do" or "make" is conjugated, the expression is about indicating a price.
Céline: In the dialogue, Julie says, "Ça va vingt-sept euros cinquante." She could have said "Ça coûte vingt-sept euros cinquante."
Sam : And both of those basically mean this ticket costs twenty-seven point five Euros.
Céline: Tout à fait.
Sam : Ok. The next word is vingt-sept.
Alex: Well, actually it is a number. Number vingt-sept. It is the occasion to remind you that all the numbers under a hundred take a dash between each word. Donc entre “vingt” et “sept” you have a dash. Vingt-sept.
Céline: On a lighter note there's a controversy in France about part of this number.
Sam : On twenty or seven?
Céline: It is the number 20 by itself. Some people pronounce the last "t" and others don't.
Alex: For example, some say "vingte" and some say "vingt". What do you say, Céline?
Céline: Moi je dis “vingt”.
Alex: Moi aussi, moi je dis “vingt”.
Céline: Like wine.
Alex: But I think, it's original habit more than anything else right?
Sam : Yeah, such as "Po-tae-to, Po-tA-to." Shall we move on to some grammar?
Alex: Bien sûr!
Sam : Ok.

Lesson focus

Céline: Today's grammar point is "how much." To give or ask for the price of things you want to buy, you have to use the verb "coûter" or "faire."
Alex: "Faire" has many meanings and can be used in many situations. It's as versatile as the verb "to do" in English. "Coûter" has a specific definition about indicating the financial value of something.
Céline: Combien ça coûte?
Sam : How much is it?
Alex: Or "Combien ça fait?
Sam : How much is it?
Céline: Ca coûte deux euros cinquante.
Sam : It's two and a half Euros.
Alex: Ca fait deux euros cinquante.
Sam: It's two and a half Euros.
Alex: Combien can also be used to ask for the quantity of something, as in: Combien de poissons rouges tu as?
Sam : How many goldfish do you have?
Alex: In this context, its English equivalent is "how many" or "how much."
Céline: Also you use "combien d' " for a noun that starts with a vowel.
Sam : Ok. That's a good point there and easy to remember.
Céline: Voilà.
Alex: Give us an example, Céline, please.
Céline: Combien d’argent tu as?
Sam : How much money do you have?
Alex: Rien.
Sam : Nothing? Ok. And how much time do we have left for this lesson? I think that's it.
Céline: Bravo! Combien de temps nous avons pour la leçon?
Sam : We're finished.
Céline: On a fini.
Sam : Ok.
Alex: Déjà?
Céline: Oui déjà!
Sam : Already!
Céline: Alex tu es triste?!
Alex: Oui.


Sam : But no fear. We've got many more lessons to come. But before we leave, I have to remind our listeners about something very interesting. Be sure to use the line-by-line audio in the learning center. The conversations are broken down into comprehensible, bit-sized sentences you can listen to at your own convenience. Simply click on the Flash button and listen to the recordings of native French again and again and again and again, until every word and syllable becomes clear. The perfect complement to the voice recording tool. So until next time.
Céline: Merci Sam!
Alex: Merci à tous! A la prochaine!
Sam : Merci. A la prochaine.


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