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A: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 19: What's wrong 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 "Are you alright?" In French this is
B: Ça va?
The first word in the question “Are you alright?” is
B: Ça
A: "meaning something like it" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Ça
A: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
B: Ça
{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, Are you alright? is
B: va
A: meaning goes in English.
B: (Slow, by syllable) va
A: Now repeat.
B: va
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Ça va
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question Are you alright??
B: Ça va, merci.
A: "I'm fine, thanks.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Ça va, merci.
{pause}
Ça
pronoun
neuter
A: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: Ça
A: meaning it.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Ça
A: Now repeat
B: Ça
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: va
meaning something like goes. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) va
A:Now repeat.
B: va
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: merci
meaning thank you. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) merci
A:Now repeat.
B: merci
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, I'm fine, thanks., and then repeat.
B: Ça va, merci.
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace okay with okay.
B: Ça va un peu
A: okay
B: (slow) Ça va un peu (regular) Ça va un peu
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with okay
B: Ça va un peu, merci.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace okay. Say I'm fine, thanks.
{pause}
B: Ça va un peu, merci.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace okay with very well.
B: Ça va super bien
A: very well
B: (slow) Ça va super bien (regular) Ça va super bien
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with very well
B: Ça va super bien, merci.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for okay. Say I'm fine, thanks.
{pause}
B: Ça va super bien, merci.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace very well with quite well.
B: Ça va pas trop mal
A: quite well
B: (slow) Ça va pas trop mal (regular) Ça va pas trop mal
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with quite well
B: Ça va pas trop mal, merci.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for very well. Say I'm fine, thanks.
{pause}
B: Ça va pas trop mal, merci.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you if you are all right. You want to answer I'm fine, thanks.. Respond to the question.
B: Ça va? (five seconds) Ça va, merci.
A: Now you want to say I'm fine, thanks. Respond to the question.
B: Ça va? (five seconds) Ça va un peu, merci.
A: You want to say I'm fine, thanks.. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Ça va? (five seconds) Ça va super bien, merci.
A: Imagine you're quite well. Respond to the question.
B: Ça va? (five seconds) Ça va pas trop mal, merci.
A: A stranger looks like they are in trouble, and you want to know if they are all right. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Ça va?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 19

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