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A: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 24: Have you been to Paris 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 "Have you been to Paris?" In French this is
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris?
The first word in the question “Have you been to Paris?” is
B: Est
A: "meaning is" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Est
A: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
B: Est
{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, Have you been to Paris? is
B: ce
A: meaning something like it in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) ce
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: ce
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce
{pause}
And after that
B: que
A: meaning something like that in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) que
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: que
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que
{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 the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous
{pause}
And after that
B: êtes
A: meaning something like have in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) êtes
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: êtes
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous êtes
{pause}
And next
B: déjà
A: meaning already in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) déjà
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: déjà
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 6 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous êtes déjà
{pause}
And next
B: allé
A: meaning something like been in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) allé
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: allé
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 7 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous êtes déjà allé
{pause}
And after that
B: à
A: meaning to in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) à
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: à
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 8 words of the question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous êtes déjà allé à
{pause}
And next
B: Paris
A: meaning Paris in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) Paris
A: Listen again at natural native speed, and repeat.
B: Paris
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: Est ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question Have you been to Paris??
B: Oui, j'y suis allé deux fois.
A: "Yes, I've been twice.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) Oui, j'y suis allé deux fois.
{pause}
No, unfortunatly.
Est
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: y
meaning something like there. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) y
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: y
{Pause}
A: And next
B: suis
meaning something like have. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) suis
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: suis
{Pause}
A: And after that
B: allé
meaning something like been. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) allé
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: allé
{Pause}
A: And next
B: deux
meaning two. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) deux
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: deux
{Pause}
A: And next
B: fois
meaning times. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
B: (Slow, by syllable) fois
A: Again at natural speed. Repeat.
B: fois
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, Yes, I've been twice., and then repeat.
B: Oui, j'y suis allé deux fois.
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace twice with two years ago.
B: il y a deux ans
A: two years ago
B: (slow) il y a deux ans (regular) il y a deux ans
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with two years ago
B: Oui, j'y suis allé il y a deux ans.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace twice. Say Yes, I've been two years ago.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'y suis allé il y a deux ans.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace two years ago with in November.
B: en novembre
A: in November
B: (slow) en novembre (regular) en novembre
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with in November
B: Oui, j'y suis allé en novembre.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for two years ago. Say Yes, I've been in November.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'y suis allé en novembre.
A: To expand on the pattern, replace in November with the last year.
B: l'année dernière
A: the last year
B: (slow) l'année dernière (regular) l'année dernière
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with the last year
B: Oui, j'y suis allé l'année dernière.
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for in November. Say Yes, I've been the last year.
{pause}
B: Oui, j'y suis allé l'année dernière.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you Have you been to Paris?. You want to answer Yes, I've been two years ago.. Respond to the question.
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris? (five seconds) Oui, j'y suis allé deux fois.
A: Now you want to say Yes, I've been in November.. Respond to the question.
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris? (five seconds) Oui, j'y suis allé il y a deux ans.
A: You want to say Yes, I've been the last year.. . Answer the speaker's question.
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris? (five seconds) Oui, j'y suis allé en novembre.
A: Imagine you're the last year. Respond to the question.
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris? (five seconds) Oui, j'y suis allé l'année dernière.
A: You want to ask the stranger if they have been to Paris. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris?
{pause}
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: Est-ce que vous êtes déjà allé à Paris?
{pause}
A: This is the end of Lesson 24

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Bonjour Umut et merci pour votre message !


Avez-vous aimé visiter Paris ?


Bonne journée et à bientôt !

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umut ersoy
Wednesday at 9:05 pm
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J'y suis alle il y a un an

Aymane
Tuesday at 6:12 am
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on writing test I said " go " on allé and it said wrong , thats imposible , says "been" , fix this 😅


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Bonjour Becky !


Thank you for your help and your comment! We will fix it ASAP.


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Becky
Sunday at 10:34 am
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Hello! This is great!

Just wanted to mention though that in the quiz portion, the first 3 responses to the questions do not match up with the questions.


Thanks,


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Bonjour Amy et merci pour votre commentaire !

C'est une bonne question !


"il y a" = ago (in this situation)

"il y a" has several uses and meanings. But when followed by a temporal adverb or a period of time, it is the equivalent for "ago".

"Il y a deux ans" = two years ago


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Amy
Wednesday at 2:19 pm
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Hello, how come there is an 'il y a' in the reply 'Oui, j'y suis allé il y a deux ans' and what does it mean in this context? Thank you!

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We appreciate your feedback and it will be considered while working on new material.


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pritvii
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😞 they should give us more notes

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Bonjour Diana !


You can use the international keyboard, which requires a simple control panel configuration on your computer !


Otherwise :


à : ALT + 133 À ALT + 0192


â : ALT + 131 Â ALT + 0194


ä : ALT + 132 Ä ALT + 142


ç : ALT + 135 Ç ALT + 128


é : ALT + 130 É ALT + 144


è : ALT + 138 È ALT + 0200


ê : ALT + 136 Ê ALT + 0202


ë : ALT + 137 Ë ALT + 0203


î : ALT + 140 Î ALT + 0206


ï : ALT + 139 Ï ALT + 0207


ô : ALT + 147 Ô ALT + 0212


ù : ALT + 151 Ù ALT + 0217


û : ALT + 150 Û ALT + 0219


ü : ALT + 129 Ü ALT + 154


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