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Jessi: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from? 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 Where are you from? In French this is
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous?
The first word in the question is
Ingrid: D'
Jessi: which is the contracted version of the word for From in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) D'
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Ingrid: D'
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Ingrid: où
Jessi: meaning where.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) où
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: où
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: D' où
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: venez
Jessi: meaning come.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) venez
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: venez
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: D' où venez
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Ingrid: D' où venez vous
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from??
Ingrid: Je viens des États-Unis.
Jessi: "I'm from America.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Ingrid: (Slow) Je viens des États-Unis.
{pause}
D'
preposition
n/a
Jessi: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Ingrid: Je
Jessi: meaning I.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Je
Jessi: Now repeat
Ingrid: Je
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: viens
meaning come.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) viens
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: viens
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Ingrid: des
meaning something like from the.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) des
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: des
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: Je viens des États-Unis.
which is United States.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Je viens des États-Unis.
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: Je viens des États-Unis.
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, I'm from America., and then repeat.
Ingrid: Je viens des États-Unis.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace from the U.S. with from France.
Ingrid: de France
Jessi: from France
Ingrid: (slow) de France (regular) de France
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with from France
Ingrid: Je viens de France.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace from the U.S.. Say I'm from America.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je viens de France.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace from France with from Japan.
Ingrid: du Japon
Jessi: from Japan
Ingrid: (slow) du Japon (regular) du Japon
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with from Japan
Ingrid: Je viens du Japon.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for from France. Say I'm from America.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je viens du Japon.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace from Japan with from Brazil.
Ingrid: du Brésil
Jessi: from Brazil
Ingrid: (slow) du Brésil (regular) du Brésil
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with from Brazil
Ingrid: Je viens du Brésil.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for from Japan. Say I'm from America.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je viens du Brésil.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and someone asks you where you're from. You're from from the U.S.. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous? (five seconds) Je viens des États-Unis.
Jessi: Now, imagine you're from from France Respond to the question.
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous? (five seconds) Je viens de France.
Jessi: Now, imagine you're from from Japan. . Answer the speaker's question.
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous? (five seconds) Je viens du Japon.
Jessi: Imagine you're from from Brazil. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous? (five seconds) Je viens du Brésil.
Jessi: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: D'où venez-vous?
Jessi: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Je viens d'Irlande.

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je suis viens du indi

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Je viens d’Australie

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Salut! Je viens du Sri Lanka❤️️

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