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INTRODUCTION
Céline : Bonjour, je m’appelle Céline.
Sylvain: Et moi c’est Sylvain.
Sam: Sam here. Newbie Series, Lesson 1. Bonjour à tous! We'd like to welcome you to the first lesson of the Newbie Series in FrenchPod101.com. Isn't that great!
Céline : It sure is.
Sam: So brush up on that French that you started learning long ago or start learning now.
Céline : Exactly Sam. This conversation takes place all over France anytime of the day.
Sam: Let's get into today's conversation.
Céline : Sam, aren't you forgetting something?
Sam: Oops, excusez-moi. I'm sorry. We will have two dialogues, one informal and one formal.
Céline : That's better, Sam!
Sylvain: Ah les Françaises, quel charme!
Céline : Bien sûr!
Sylvain: The French women, they're so charming.
Sam: Ah oui, quel charme!
Sylvain: Oooh! Sorry.
Sam: We should really be doing video-casts, so you could see the look in Céline 's eyes.
Céline : Eh oui les Françaises sont mystérieuses.
Sam: French women mysterious.
Sylvain: And charming.
Sam: Let's start.
DIALOGUE
Julie Martin: Bonjour Monsieur.
Robert DuPont: Bonjour Madame.
Julie Martin: Comment-vous vous appelez?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
Sam: One more time, slowly.
Céline: Ok c’est parti, plus lentement.
Julie Martin: Bonjour Monsieur.
Robert DuPont: Bonjour Madame.
Julie Martin: Comment-vous vous appelez?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
Sam: One more time, with the English.
(formal)
Julie Martin: Bonjour Monsieur.
Julie Martin: Hello, Sir.
Robert DuPont: Bonjour Madame.
Robert DuPont: Hello, ma’am.
Julie Martin: Comment-vous vous appelez?
Julie Martin: What is your name?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
Robert DuPont: I’m Robert.
(informal)
Julie Martin: Salut.
Robert DuPont: Salut.
Julie Martin: Comment tu t’appelles?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
(slowly)
Julie Martin: Salut.
Robert DuPont: Salut.
Julie Martin: Comment tu t’appelles?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
Robert DuPont: I’m Robert.
Julie Martin: Salut.
Robert DuPont: Salut.
Julie Martin: Comment tu t’appelles?
Julie Martin: What is your name?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Céline : So let's talk about "vous" and "tu." This is an important part of the French language. So you may use "tu" with friends, people you are not familiar with, pets, animals like Sylvain,
Sylvain: Thank you for the image.
Céline : Yeah, ok. And how about "vous?"
Sylvain: For "vous" you can use it for people that you don't know, bosses, elderly people.
Céline : But unless the other person says it's ok use "tu," don't use "tu." Yeah, you should use "vous."
Sam: So "vous" is always safe?
Céline : Yes. Always.
Sylvain: Always safe.
Céline : But sometimes it can be really cold. For example, if I said “Tu vas bien?” “Oui ça va merci, et vous?” . That's for keeping distance. Ok. I don't want to be your friend.
Sylvain: To be too polite sometimes, puts a distance to people.
Sam: Ah. So sometimes being too polite is not a good thing.
Céline : Non.
Sylvain: Yes, for example, if somebody's insisting to use "tu" with you, and you respond with "vous" always, then the relationship won't be good. Tu vas bien?
Céline : Oui très bien, merci. Et vous?
Sam: Are you well? Yes, I am. And you?
Sylvain: Tu veux une pizza?
Céline : Non merci.
Sam: Do you want pizza? No thank you.
Céline : Et vous?
Sam: If you noticed Sylvain used "tu" and Céline used "vous." In that situation, maybe it's better for Céline to use "tu," because Sylvain insists on using "tu," therefore he wants to create some comradery.
Céline : And Céline doesn't want to.
Sylvain: And he will eat his pizza alone tonight.
Sam: Oh, no. Mon Dieu!
Céline : Quelle catastrophe!
Céline : So, also, if one person keeps saying "vous" and you want the person to use "tu" with you, you can say “tu peux me tutoyer”. It means…
Sam: You can use "tu" with me. You don't have to use "vous."
Céline : Exactement.
VOCAB LIST
Sam: Now we'll take a look at the vocabulary and phrases for this lesson. First...
Céline: Salut.
Sam: “Hello, hi, bye.”
Céline: Salut. Salut.
Sam: Next.
Sylvain: Bonjour.
Sam: “Good morning, good day, good afternoon.”
Sylvain: Bonjour. Bonjour.
Sam: Next.
Céline: Monsieur.
Sam: “Mister.”
Céline: Monsieur. Monsieur.
Sam: Next.
Sylvain: Madame
Sam: “Madam.”
Sylvain: Madame. Madame.
Sam: Next.
Céline: Mademoiselle.
Sam: “Miss.”
Céline: Mademoiselle. Mademoiselle.
Sam: Next, we have a phrase.
Sylvain: Je m’appelle.
Sam: “My name is.”
Sylvain: Je m’appelle. Je m’appelle.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Céline : So now let's have a look at the usage for some of the words. The first word we will look at is, "Bonjour."
Sam: Céline , can you give us an example sentence please?
Céline : Bonjour Sylvain!
Sylvain: Bonjour Céline!
Sam: Hello, Sylvain . Hello, Céline .
Céline : It's the most common French greeting.
Sam: Céline , sometimes I see people say "bonjour" when they say goodbye.
Céline : No! No, no. Not with "bonjour."
Sylvain: Not with "bonjour," but we can use "salut" like "goodbye."
Céline : Yeah. "Salut" is really informal, so if you want to be polite, you can use “au revoir”. Au revoir.
Sam: Let's have an example with "salut."
Céline : Oh, salut Sylvain!
Sam: Good day, Sylvain.
Céline : Ok, so the main difference between "salut" and "bonjour," apart the meaning of course, is that just as their English counterparts, "salut" is an informal greeting while "bonjour" is a formal one. Do you understand, Sam?
Sam: If you say "salut," does it mean "hello" or "goodbye?"
Céline : Both.
Sam: But "bonjour" only means hello.
Céline : Exactly.
Sam: C’est chouette. That's cool!
Céline : Yes. So, ok. The next vocabulary word is "madame." It's like in English, almost. "Mademoiselle" for a single woman, and "madame" for a married woman.
Sylvain: When you meet a nice-looking lady, like Céline , and you say to her “Bonjour, euh, madame ou mademoiselle?”?
Sam: Hello, Mrs. or Miss?
Céline : It can be impolite, you know? This question can be particularly impolite. Guys.
Sylvain: Sorry. But no worries. French women can be really direct and clear.
Céline : Yeah.
Sylvain: You will know immediately if you are bothering them.
Céline : Yes, for sure. Like now.
Sam: Next we have a phrase...
Céline : Je m’appelle Céline.
Sam: My name is Céline.
Céline : Ok, in this case there are no formal or informal cases, because I am referring to myself.
Sam: Perfect! This wraps it up for the vocabulary usage.
Céline : Ok.

Lesson focus

Sam: Because it is our first lesson and it is focused on greetings, we only have one small grammar topic to talk about.
Céline: Yes and the topic is “je m’appelle”.
Sam: “My name is.”
Céline: “Je m’appelle” is literally, “I call myself,” but the best translation is, “My name is.” Also, “je suis”, “I am,” can be used in French.
Sam: Yes, but remember that “je m’appelle” is the most common.
Céline: Exactement.
Sam: Let’s practice.
Céline: A-ha. Bonjour. Je m’appelle Céline. “Hello, my name is Céline.”
Sylvain: Je m’appelle Sylvain. “My name is Sylvain.”
Sam: Je m’appelle Sam, “My name is Sam.”
Céline: OK, Sam, let’s put more energy.
Sylvain: Attends!
Sam: Bonjour, je m’appelle Sam.
Céline: Okay, that’s better.
Sylvain: Okay. Let’s practice a little bit conversation with a simple question. “What’s your name? My name is...” I’ll ask Sam what his name is. Bonjour! Comment-vous appelez-vous?
Sam: Je m’appelle Sam. “Hello, what’s your name?” “My name is Sam.” Okay, let’s practice again. Bonjour, tu t’appelles comment?
Céline: Je m’appelle Céline.
Sam: “Hello, what’s your name?” “My name is Céline.” Bonjour, tu t’appelles comment?
Céline: Je m’appelle Céline!
Sam: “Hello, what’s your name?” “My name is Céline.”
Céline: Okay, and now I’m going to ask Sam “and how about you?” Et toi?
Sam: Je m’appelle Sam.
Céline: Ok and now I’m going to ask Sam: Comment tu t’appelles?
Sam: Je m’appelle Sam. So the question was, “What’s your name?” The answer was, “My name is Sam.”
Céline: Exactement.
Sylvain: Parfait, parfait, parfait.

Outro

Céline: Ok so this is the end of today’s lesson.
Sam: Be sure to check out the vocabulary list with audio and the learning center at Frenchpod101.com . Also ask us a question in the forum, or leave us a comment.
See you soon!
Céline: A bientôt!
Sylvain: A bientôt!
Céline: Merci beaucoup!
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Julie Martin: Bonjour Monsieur.
Robert DuPont: Bonjour Madame.
Julie Martin: Comment-vous vous appelez?
Robert DuPont: Je m'appelle Robert.

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