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INTRODUCTION
Sam: Hello and welcome back to FrenchPod101.com. Today we have Newbie Series, Lesson 18: Restroom, Please. Hello, Alex!
Alex: Hello, Sam! Hello, Céline.
Céline: Bonjour, Alex. Bonjour, Sam.
Sam: Hey, guys, welcome back. So what’s the focus of today’s lesson?
Alex: The focus of this lesson is giving directions in French.
Sam: Oh, fantastic.
Céline: Yes, and this conversation takes place in a department store.
Sam: And I think the conversation is between, Clever Robert and a woman.
Alex: The speakers will be speaking in formal French.
Sam: Now listeners, if you have an iPod, click the center button. If you’ve got an iPod Touch or an iPhone, tap the screen so you can see the notes for this lesson while you listen. Ok. Shall we start?
Céline: C’est parti.
Sam: Let’s go!
DIALOGUE
Céline: Où se trouvent les toilettes, s’il vous plaît?
Alex: Elles sont là, euh... tout droit.
Céline: Et pour les toilettes des dames?
Alex: En face des toilettes des hommes!
Sam: One more time, slowly.
Céline: Où se trouvent les toilettes, s’il vous plaît?
Alex: Elles sont là, euh... tout droit.
Céline: Et pour les toilettes des dames?
Alex: En face des toilettes des hommes!
Sam: Now once more with the English translation.
Céline: Où se trouvent les toilettes, s’il vous plaît?
Sam: Where are the restrooms, please?
Alex: Elles sont là, euh... tout droit.
Sam: They’re there, straight ahead.
Céline: Et pour les toilettes des dames?
Sam: And the ladies’ restrooms?
Alex: En face des toilettes des hommes!
Sam: In front of the men’s restrooms!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Céline: Did you know, Sam, that in Belgium and in Quebec, we don’t say “les toilettes?”
Sam: So what do you say in Belgium and Quebec?
Alex: Ok, in Belgium you say, “la toilette” et “les cabinets”.
Sam: How about in Quebec?
Céline: “Salle de bains” ou “salle de toilette”. So it’s a little bit different. The French is different than in France.
Sam: But it all means the same thing, right?
Céline: Exactement.
Sam: So, Céline, if I’m in France or other French-speaking countries outside of Belgium, and I say “les toilettes” or “les cabinets” will the people understand me?
Céline: If you’re in France and you use the French from Quebec, it’s a little bit-- yeah. Maybe they will make fun of you a little bit, but they will understand.
Sam: Oh, ok. Great. Because the toilet is an important place.
Céline: Très important. Very important. How about “dame pipi”? Do you remember?
Sam: “Dame pipi”? Who is she?
Céline: Alex, who is “dame pipi”?
Alex: Alors la dame pipi c’est, ce sont les dames qui travaillent aux toilettes.
Sam: Oh! The lady that works in the toilet. Or the cleaning staff.
Alex: Voilà!
Céline: Yeah. And we call them “dame pipi.”
Sam: Ok.
Céline: What’s the translation for “dame pipi” in English?
Sam: Custodian.
Céline: Oh. But the literal translation? Lady...
Sam: Lady peepee?
Alex: Lady pee.
Céline: Lady pee. Lady woowoo.
Sam: I think the best word might be “custodian”.
Céline: Oh, d’accord. So why don’t we check the vocabulary?
VOCAB LIST
Sam: Ok, let’s go. The first item is?
Alex: Où.
Sam: Where.
Alex: Où. Où.
Sam: Next.
Céline: Toilettes
Sam: Restrooms or toilets.
Céline: Toilettes. Toilettes.
Sam: Next is a phrase.
Alex: Où sont les toilettes?
Sam: Where are the restrooms?
Alex: Où sont les toilettes? Où sont les toilettes?
Sam: Next.
Céline: Là.
Sam: There.
Céline: Là. Là.
Sam: Next.
Alex: Tout droit.
Sam: Straight ahead.
Alex: Tout droit. Tout droit.
Sam: Next.
Céline: Dames.
Sam: Ladies.
Céline: Dames. Dames.
Sam: Next.
Alex: En face.
Sam: In front of.
Alex: En face. En face.
Sam: Next.
Céline: Hommes.
Sam: Men.
Céline: Hommes. Hommes.
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Sam: Now guys, let’s look at the usage of some of these items from the lesson.
Céline: The first word is...
Alex: Toilettes.
Sam: Restrooms, loo.
Céline: Oui. Toilettes. It’s an interesting word as we always use it at the plural in French to talk about restrooms.
Alex: And you have “toilettes pour dames” and “toilettes pour messieurs”.
Sam: Toilets for ladies and toilets for men.
Alex: Voilà.
Céline: Yes. Always separated in France.
Sam: How would you say, “I want to go to the restrooms?”
Alex: Je veux aller aux toilettes.
Sam: Next we have...
Céline: Où sont les toilettes?
Sam: Where are the restrooms?
Alex: “Où sont” meaning “where are.” You can use this pattern for many things, but only in the plural form.
Céline: Example. Où sont les enfants?
Sam: Where are the kids?
Alex: So you put “où sont” afterwards object or people. As in “Où sont les femmes?”
Sam: Where are the women? Hmm. I don’t know. Well, there’s one next to me.
Céline: Oh merci Sam. So next is “s’il vous plaît.” “Please.” The magic phrase in French.
Sam: “S’il vous plaît” is formal. So in French, can I ask “The restrooms, please?”
Alex: Sure. It will be, “Les toilettes, s’il vous plaît?”
Céline: So you can say every single word, and if you add “s’il vous plaît” this is the easiest way to ask for something in French.
Sam: Great! Thank you for that. Next we have...
Alex: Tout droit.
Sam: Straight ahead.
Alex: “Droit” being straight.
Céline: Yes. Don’t confuse it with “droite” meaning “right”. Droite.
Sam: Right.
Alex: Droit, which means?
Sam: Straight.
Alex: Où sont les toilettes?
Sam: Where are the restrooms?
Céline: À droite.
Sam: On the right.
Alex: Où sont les escaliers?
Sam: Where are the stairs?
Céline: Tout droit.
Sam: Straight ahead.
Alex: Next is “les dames.”
Sam: Ladies’.
Céline: Dame is a refined woman. We hardly use this word now, but we use it for women’s restrooms.
Alex: Carla Bruni est la première dame de France.
Sam: Carla Bruni is the First Lady of France.
Céline: Sympa l’info. Nice information. And finally we have “hommes.”
Sam: “Hommes” means “men”.
Céline: We also say “Homme” when we talk about the human race, “l’Homme” in general, and in that case the “h” is in majuscule.
Sam: So guys, sometimes when I go shopping, I like to test some cheap colognes. I’ve seen the phrase “pour hommes” on the cheap bottles of cologne that I like to sample. What does that mean?
Alex: It means “for men.”
Sam: Oh! Great.
Alex: But not only on the cheaper Eau de Cologne. On all of them for men.
Céline: In France, we don’t say “Eau de Cologne”. We say “eau de toilette” ou...
Alex: … Eau de parfum
Sam: What’s the difference?
Alex: Eau de parfum is much stronger than eau de toilette.
Sam: Oh, so “eau de toilette” is like a lighter scent.
Alex: Yes.
Sam: It’s more subtle.
Céline: And cologne is totally different.
Sam: What’s cologne?
Céline: Cologne is maybe after the shower, or-- You should use eau de toilette.
Sam: So, are you saying I smell?
Céline: No, I just say that you should use “eau de toilette” if you want to be deep inside the French culture.
Sam: I’m already deep inside the French culture, right?
Céline: Not if you use Eau de Cologne.
Sam: Oh. Sorry. I’ll make that change.

Lesson focus

Céline: Ok. So, let’s see if we like today’s grammar point.
Alex: So, basically, if you’re looking for some place, the clue sentence is “Où” plus “est” plus place name. For example, “où est la station de métro?”.
Sam: Where’s the subway station?
Alex: Où est la station de métro?
Céline: For a plural noun, like in the dialogue, “les toilettes,” that would be “Où sont” plus place name. For example, “Où sont les toilettes?”
Sam: Where are the restrooms?
Céline: Où sont les toilettes? Or "Où sont les Champs Élysées?"
Sam: Where are the Champs Élysées?
Céline: Où sont les Champs Élysées?
Alex: Là-bas.
Sam: Over there.
Alex: Là-bas. Où est le magasin?
Sam: Where's the store?
Alex: Où est le magasin?
Céline: En face de la poste.
Sam: In front of the post office.
Céline: En face de la poste. So don't worry. If you don't understand the answer, you can just say, “Pouvez-vous me montrer sur ma carte?”
Sam: Can you show me on my map?
Céline: Pouvez-vous me montrer sur ma carte?
Alex: That's very useful, if you have a map with you.
Céline: Yeah, but you won't go sight-seeing without a map.
Alex: Well, I do. I like to get lost in big cities, though. That is the reason.
Sam: I think that's more fun. Very insightful, guys.
Céline: Yes.

Outro

Sam: Shall we wrap up there?
Alex: Sure.
Sam: Ok. So thank you guys for listening to FrenchPod101.com and don't forget to stop by the website, leave us a question, a comment, or any feedback. So until the next time.
Alex: Au revoir!
Céline: À bientôt!
Sam: Bye-bye!

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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What is your strangest, funniest thing which happened when going to or looking for the restrooms?

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Hello Edgar deSouza,


Thanks for posting! Have you tried listening to the slow pronunciations in the Vocabulary List in the Lesson Materials? If you haven't yet, please do so. :smile:


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Erica

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Edgar deSouza
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It would be nice to have the ability to hear the pronunciation for the individual words in a sentence - especially the multisyllabic ones.

Shyralei
Friday at 10:53 pm
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Well, when I was living in New Orleans, I was the DD for all my friends. We typically wound up our evenings in the French Quarter at Cafe du Monde. One of my friends was especially drunk and thought she was going to be sick, so I took her to the restroom. I was going to stay, but she said she'd be fine and would find us at the table.


An half-hour later, she still hadn't joined us.


So we all (men and women) went to les toilettes des dames to find her, and she wasn't there! We then searched the cafe. And then the closest parts of the Quarter. By then it was getting really late (or really early, if you want to get technical). When we got back to the dorms, she was already there, passed out in bed!


Apparently she was so drunk that she didn't remember where she was and wandered out of the cafe after leaving the bathroom. Some sweet married couple felt sorry for the aimlessly wandering girl and took her back to campus, as they saw her keys with the college tag on it.


And this, monsieur et madames, is why I do not drink to excess. :grin:

Keith
Wednesday at 1:44 am
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Hi Clo,


Thanks for pointing this out to us. It should be working now. if you're still having problems with the PDF, please let us know :)

Clo
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Pdf link isn't working.