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A: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 14: How tall 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 tall are you?" In French this is
B: Combien mesurez-vous?
The first word in the question “How tall are you?” is
B: Combien
A: "meaning something like How much" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Combien
A: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
B: Combien
{Pause}
A: 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 tall are you? is
B: mesurez
A: meaning measure in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) mesurez
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: mesurez
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Combien mesurez
{pause}
And next
B: vous
A: meaning you in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) vous
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Combien mesurez vous
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question How tall are you??
B: Je mesure 1m80.
A: "I'm 180 cm tall.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Je mesure 1m80.
{pause}
Combien
adverb
n/a
A: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: Je
A: meaning I. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Je
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: Je
{Pause}
A: And next
B: mesure
meaning measure. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) mesure
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: mesure
{Pause}
A: And next
B: 1m80
meaning 180cm. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) 1m80
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: 1m80
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 180 cm tall., and then repeat.
B: Je mesure 1m80.
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace 180 with 150 cm.
B: 1m50
A: 150 cm
B: (slow) 1m50 (regular) 1m50
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 150 cm
B: Je mesure 1m50.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 180. Say I'm 150 cm cm tall.
{pause}
B: Je mesure 1m50.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace 150 cm with 160.
B: 1m60
A: 160
B: (slow) 1m60 (regular) 1m60
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 160
B: Je mesure 1m60.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for 150 cm. Say I'm 160 cm tall.
{pause}
B: Je mesure 1m60.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace 160 with 145.
B: 1m45
A: 145
B: (slow) 1m45 (regular) 1m45
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 145
B: Je mesure 1m45.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for 160. Say I'm 145 cm tall.
{pause}
B: Je mesure 1m45.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you how tall you are. You are 180. Respond to the question.
B: Combien mesurez-vous? (five seconds) Je mesure 1m80.
A: Imagine you are 150 cm Respond to the question.
B: Combien mesurez-vous? (five seconds) Je mesure 1m50.
A: Now imagine you are 160. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Combien mesurez-vous? (five seconds) Je mesure 1m60.
A: Imagine you're 145. Respond to the question.
B: Combien mesurez-vous? (five seconds) Je mesure 1m45.
A: You want to learn how tall the stranger is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Combien mesurez-vous?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 14

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Merci Basil et merci pour votre commentaire !

1m75 c'est déjà grand !


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Basil
Tuesday at 1:00 pm
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Je mesure un mètre soixante quinze. Je suppose que je suis de taille moyenne. Je ne suis pas si grand.

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Wednesday at 1:33 am
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Bonjour Asim et merci pour votre commentaire !


1m74 ce n'est pas si petit ! Beaucoup des mes amis font cette taille. C'est la génétique aussi !

Votre correction : "Je suis petit pour un mec mais je n’ai pas mangé mes légumes verts quand j’étais plus jeune. "


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Abigail
Friday at 9:58 pm
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Je mesure 1 mètre 60

Asim
Friday at 5:28 pm
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Je mesure 1 mètre 74. Je suis court pour un mec mais je n'ai pas mangé mes légumes vertes quand j'étais plus jeune.

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Bonjour Gloria !


Merci pour votre commentaire !

Moi je mesure 1m72 ! :smile:


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Gloria
Monday at 10:06 am
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Je mesure 1 mètre 55.

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Hello Jim,


Merci pour votre commentaire ! En france on parle en "mètres" : je mesure 1 mètre 50.


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Jim
Wednesday at 5:38 am
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Je suis de cinq pieds dix