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A: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 18: What are you doing 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 ""What are you doing?"" In French this is
B: Que faites-vous?
The first word in the question “What are you doing?” is
B: Que
A: ""meaning What"" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Que
A: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
B: Que
{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, What are you doing? is
B: faites
A: meaning do in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) faites
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: faites
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Que faites
{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: Que faites vous
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question What are you doing??
B: Je réfléchis.
A: ""I'm just thinking.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Je réfléchis.
{pause}
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 after that
B: réfléchis
meaning think. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) réfléchis
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: réfléchis
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, I'm just thinking., and then repeat.
B: Je réfléchis.
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace thinking with singing.
B: chante
A: singing
B: (slow) chante (regular) chante
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with singing
B: Je chante.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace thinking. Say I'm just singing.
{pause}
B: Je chante.
A: To use a different phrase, replace singing with doing homework.
B: fais mes devoirs
A: doing homework
B: (slow) fais mes devoirs (regular) fais mes devoirs
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with doing homework
B: Je fais mes devoirs.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for singing. Say I'm just doing homework.
{pause}
B: Je fais mes devoirs.
A: To use a different phrase, replace doing homework with watch television.
B: regarde la télévision
A: watch television
B: (slow) regarde la télévision (regular) regarde la télévision
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with watch television
B: Je regarde la télévision.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for doing homework. Say I'm just watch television.
{pause}
B: Je regarde la télévision.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you what you're doing. You are thinking. Respond to the question.
B: Que faites-vous? (five seconds) Je réfléchis.
A: Now imagine you are singing Respond to the question.
B: Que faites-vous? (five seconds) Je chante.
A: Imagine you are doing homework. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Que faites-vous? (five seconds) Je fais mes devoirs.
A: Imagine you're watch television. Respond to the question.
B: Que faites-vous? (five seconds) Je regarde la télévision.
A: You want to know what the stranger is doing. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Que faites-vous?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 18

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Bonjour Carlos !


Vous allez bien ?

Il faut dire "j'étudie le Français".


A bientôt !

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Carlos
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J'étude le Francais!!!


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Je travaille jusqu'à tard. ?

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Bonjour Marie Alice,


Aujourd'hui je vais très bien. Merci beaucoup pour votre grande aide. Toujours j'ai besoin d'aide avec une nouvelle langue.


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Bonjour Gloria !


Merci pour votre message !

Comment allez-vous ?

Il faut dire : "j'aime étudier une nouvelle langue"


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Gloria
Thursday at 07:14 AM
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J'étudie le français. J'aime étudier autre langue.

(I'm studying French. I love to study another language.)