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Jessi: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 1: What's your name? in French In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for French learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question What's your name? In French this is
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous?
The first word in the question is
Ingrid: Comment
Jessi: meaning How in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Comment
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Ingrid: Comment
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Comment vous
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: appelez
Jessi: meaning call.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) appelez
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: appelez
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez vous
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What's your name??
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Anne Proust.
Jessi: "My name is Anne Proust.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Ingrid: (Slow) Je m'appelle Anne Proust.
{pause}
Comment
adverb
n/a
Jessi: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Ingrid: Je
Jessi: meaning I.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Je
Jessi: Now repeat
Ingrid: Je
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Ingrid: m'
which is the contracted version of the word for me.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) m'
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: m'
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Ingrid: appelle
meaning call.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) appelle
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: appelle
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Ingrid: Anne Proust
which is the name Anne Proust.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Anne Proust
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: Anne Proust
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, My name is Anne Proust., and then repeat.
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Anne Proust.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace Anne Proust with David Smith.
Ingrid: David Smith
Jessi: David Smith
Ingrid: (slow) David Smith (regular) David Smith
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with David Smith
Ingrid: Je m'appelle David Smith.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Anne Proust. Say My name is David Smith.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je m'appelle David Smith.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace David Smith with Marie Girard.
Ingrid: Marie Girard
Jessi: Marie Girard
Ingrid: (slow) Marie Girard (regular) Marie Girard
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Marie Girard
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Marie Girard.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name David Smith. Say My name is Marie Girard.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Marie Girard.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace Marie Girard with Matthieu Thomas.
Ingrid: Matthieu Thomas
Jessi: Matthieu Thomas
Ingrid: (slow) Matthieu Thomas (regular) Matthieu Thomas
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Matthieu Thomas
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Matthieu Thomas.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Marie Girard. Say My name is Matthieu Thomas.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je m'appelle Matthieu Thomas.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting France and someone asks you your name. Your name is Anne Proust. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous? (five seconds) Je m'appelle Anne Proust.
Jessi: Now, your name is David Smith Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous? (five seconds) Je m'appelle David Smith.
Jessi: Imagine your name is Marie Girard. . Answer the speaker's question.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous? (five seconds) Je m'appelle Marie Girard.
Jessi: Imagine your name is Matthieu Thomas. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous? (five seconds) Je m'appelle Matthieu Thomas.
Jessi: You want to learn that person's name. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: Comment vous appelez-vous?
{pause}
Jessi: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 1

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