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A: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 15: Do you have a cell phone 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 "Do you have a cell phone?" In French this is
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable?
The first word in the question “Do you have a cell phone?” is
B: Avez
A: "meaning Have" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Avez
A: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
B: Avez
{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, Do you have a cell phone? is
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 the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Avez vous
{pause}
And next
B: un
A: meaning a in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) un
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: un
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: Avez vous un
{pause}
And after that
B: téléphone
A: meaning phone in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) téléphone
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: téléphone
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
B: Avez vous un téléphone
{pause}
And after that
B: portable
A: meaning something like mobile in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) portable
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: portable
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Avez vous un téléphone portable
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question Do you have a cell phone??
B: Oui, j'ai un iPhone.
A: "Yes, I have an iPhone.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Oui, j'ai un iPhone.
{pause}
No, sorry.
Avez
verb
n/a
A: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: Oui
A: meaning yes. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Oui
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: Oui
{Pause}
A: And next
B: j'
which is the contracted version of the word for I. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) j'
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: j'
{Pause}
A: And next
B: ai
meaning have. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) ai
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: ai
{Pause}
A: Next is
B: un
meaning a. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) un
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: un
{Pause}
A: And next
B: iPhone
meaning iPhone. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) iPhone
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: iPhone
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I have an iPhone., and then repeat.
B: Oui, j'ai un iPhone.
{pause}
A: To make another phrase, replace iPhone with home phone.
B: téléphone maison
A: home phone
B: (slow) téléphone maison (regular) téléphone maison
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with home phone
B: Oui, j'ai un téléphone maison.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace iPhone. Say Yes, I have an home phone.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'ai un téléphone maison.
A: To use a different phrase, replace home phone with cell phone.
B: téléphone portable
A: cell phone
B: (slow) téléphone portable (regular) téléphone portable
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with cell phone
B: Oui, j'ai un téléphone portable.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for home phone. Say Yes, I have an cell phone.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'ai un téléphone portable.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace cell phone with smartphone.
B: smartphone
A: smartphone
B: (slow) smartphone (regular) smartphone
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with smartphone
B: Oui, j'ai un smartphone.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for cell phone. Say Yes, I have an smartphone.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'ai un smartphone.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you if you have a cell phone. You have a iPhone. Respond to the question.
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable? (five seconds) Oui, j'ai un iPhone.
A: Now imagine you have a home phone Respond to the question.
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable? (five seconds) Oui, j'ai un téléphone maison.
A: Now imagine you have a cell phone. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable? (five seconds) Oui, j'ai un téléphone portable.
A: Now imagine you have a smartphone. Respond to the question.
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable? (five seconds) Oui, j'ai un smartphone.
A: You want to learn if the stranger has a cell phone. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable?
{pause}
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: Avez-vous un téléphone portable?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 15

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Oui, j’ai un téléphone portable. C’est un Samsung. J’ai un Samsung Note 5. Je n’ai pas d’Iphone. Je suis heureux avec mon smartphone.