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There is a wide variety of French food, and your job as a visitor is to eat as much of as many things as possible. However, before you start eating, you have to get to the table. So, in today's lesson, we'll cover getting to the table in a restaurant. As for ordering, well, you'll just have to wait till next week.
When entering a restaurant in France, you'll be greeted with Bonjour or Bonsoir, depending on the time of day.
In French, the polite greeting when entering a place of business is also Bonjour or Bonsoir. Now, usually, the first question you'll be asked is "How many people in your party?" which in French is Combien de personnes?
Let's hear it once again, Combien de personnes?
Now, let's break it down by syllable: Com-bi-en de per-sonnes?
The first word, Combien, means "how many" or "how much."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time.
Com-bi-en, and combien.
This is followed by De, which in French is "of."
De. De, and de.
Lastly, this is followed by Personnes, which in French is "people."
Personnes. Per-sonnes, and personnes.
So, altogether, we have Combien de personnes? Literally, this means "How many people?"
Now, let's go over how to answer.
First, let's just recap the numbers here: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq. Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.
Now, let's put them together with "people." Une personne, deux personnes, trois personnes, quatre personnes, cinq personnes.
Bonjour and Bonsoir are your universal greetings in France.
Whether in a formal business setting, in a shop, or returning home to friends or family, this is the greeting used. Nice, isn't it? At least, this part of the French language will be simple.


Okay. To close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what we've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it out loud in French. You'll have just a few seconds before I give you the answer. So, bonne chance. That means "good luck" in French. Okay. Here we go.
"How many people?"
Combien de personnes?
Combien de personnes?
Combien de personnes?
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”
Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.
Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.
Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.
This is the end of today's lesson. See you soon! À bientôt!

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