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Jessi: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 11: How old are you 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. You'll also improve pronunciation and fluency by repeating the words and phrases out loud after hearing them.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question "How old are you?" In French this is
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous?
The first word in the question “How old are you?” is
Ingrid: Quel
Jessi: "meaning something like What" in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Quel
Jessi: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
Ingrid: Quel
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the English translation, breaking it down by syllable, and then giving it once more at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question, How old are you? is
Ingrid: âge
Jessi: meaning something like age in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) âge
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: âge
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Quel âge
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: avez
Jessi: meaning have in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) avez
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: avez
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez vous
{pause}
Jessi: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question How old are you??
Ingrid: J'ai 18 ans.
Jessi: "I'm 18 years old.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Ingrid: (Slow) J'ai 18 ans.
{pause}
Quel
adjective
masculine
Jessi: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Ingrid: J'
Jessi: which is the contracted version of the word for I.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) J'
Jessi: Now repeat
Ingrid: J'
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: ai
meaning have.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) ai
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: ai
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Ingrid: 18
meaning 18.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) 18
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: 18
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: ans
meaning years.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) ans
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: ans
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 18 years old., and then repeat.
Ingrid: J'ai 18 ans.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 18 with twenty.
Ingrid: vingt
Jessi: twenty
Ingrid: (slow) vingt (regular) vingt
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with twenty
Ingrid: J'ai vingt ans.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 18. Say I'm twenty years old.
{pause}
Ingrid: J'ai vingt ans.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace twenty with 35 (thirty-five).
Ingrid: 35 (trente-cinq)
Jessi: 35 (thirty-five)
Ingrid: (slow) 35 (trente-cinq) (regular) 35 (trente-cinq)
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 35 (thirty-five)
Ingrid: J'ai 35 (trente-cinq) ans.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for twenty. Say I'm 35 (thirty-five) years old.
{pause}
Ingrid: J'ai 35 (trente-cinq) ans.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 35 (thirty-five) with 31 (thirty one).
Ingrid: 31 (trente-un)
Jessi: 31 (thirty one)
Ingrid: (slow) 31 (trente-un) (regular) 31 (trente-un)
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 31 (thirty one)
Ingrid: J'ai 31 (trente-un) ans.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for 35 (thirty-five). Say I'm 31 (thirty one) years old.
{pause}
Ingrid: J'ai 31 (trente-un) ans.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you how old you are. You are 18. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous? (five seconds) J'ai 18 ans.
Jessi: Imagine you are twenty Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous? (five seconds) J'ai vingt ans.
Jessi: Now imagine you are 35 (thirty-five). . Answer the speaker's question.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous? (five seconds) J'ai 35 (trente-cinq) ans.
Jessi: Imagine you're 31 (thirty one). Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous? (five seconds) J'ai 31 (trente-un) ans.
Jessi: You want to learn how old the stranger is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: Quel âge avez-vous?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 11

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Bonjour! J'ai quarante-cinq ans.

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Bonjour ! J'ai 29 (vingt-neuf) ans.

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