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Jessi: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 4: What do you do? 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 What do you do? In French this is
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie?
The first word in the question is
Ingrid: Que
Jessi: meaning What in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Que
Jessi: Listen again and repeat.
Ingrid: Que
{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: faites
Jessi: meaning do.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) faites
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: faites
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Que faites
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Que faites vous
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: dans
Jessi: meaning something like in.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) dans
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: dans
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Que faites vous dans
{pause}
Next is
Ingrid: la
Jessi: meaning something like the.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) la
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: la
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Que faites vous dans la
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vie
Jessi: meaning life.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vie
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vie
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Ingrid: Que faites vous dans la vie
{pause}
Jessi: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question What do you do??
Ingrid: Je suis éditeur.
Jessi: "I'm an editor.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Ingrid: (Slow) Je suis éditeur.
{pause}
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 after that
Ingrid: suis
meaning am.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) suis
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: suis
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: éditeur
meaning editor.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) éditeur
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: éditeur
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, I'm an editor., and then repeat.
Ingrid: Je suis éditeur.
{pause}
This is how you say I'm an editor. if you are male. If you're female, simply replace the word
Ingrid: éditeur
with the word
Ingrid: éditrice
Jessi: meaning editor in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) éditrice
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: éditrice
{Pause}
NOW, Listen to the entire response as you would say it if you were female and repeat.
Ingrid: Je suis éditrice.
{pause}
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace editor with doctor.
Ingrid: docteur
Jessi: doctor
Ingrid: (slow) docteur (regular) docteur
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with doctor
Ingrid: Je suis docteur.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace editor. Say I'm an doctor.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je suis docteur.
Remember, this is how to answer the question if you're male. If you're female, use
Ingrid: éditrice
Instead of
Ingrid: éditeur
Jessi: Let's try it with the feminine version
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace doctor with driver.
Ingrid: conductrice
Jessi: driver
Ingrid: (slow) conductrice (regular) conductrice
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with driver
Ingrid: Je suis conductrice.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for doctor. Say I'm an driver.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je suis conductrice.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace driver with translator.
Ingrid: traductrice
Jessi: translator
Ingrid: (slow) traductrice (regular) traductrice
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with translator
Ingrid: Je suis traductrice.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for driver. Say I'm an translator.
{pause}
Ingrid: Je suis traductrice.
Remember, this is how to answer the question if you're male. If you're female, use
Ingrid: éditrice
Instead of
Ingrid: éditeur
Jessi: Let's try it with the feminine version
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and someone asks what you do. You are a editor. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie? (five seconds) Je suis éditeur.
Jessi: Imagine you are a doctor Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie? (five seconds) Je suis docteur.
Jessi: Imagine you are a driver. Remember to think abou the gender of your words!. Answer the speaker's question.
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie? (five seconds) Je suis conductrice.
Jessi: Imagine you're translator. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie? (five seconds) Je suis traductrice.
Jessi: You want to learn what that person does. Imagine you are speaking to a male and Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: Que faites-vous dans la vie?
{pause}
{pause}
Jessi: On another day, imagine you meet a female stranger. What do you say?
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: (Feminine version) Que faites-vous dans la vie?
Jessi: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Jessi: Or
Ingrid: (Feminine version) Que faites-vous dans la vie?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 4

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Wednesday at 6:03 am
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Bonjour Aime and thank you for your comment!


It is polite but not so formal.

Do not hesitate to ask this way 😄


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Aime
Saturday at 10:34 pm
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Bonjour!

I would like to ask if "Que faites-vous dans la vie" is formal or not, merci!



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Thursday at 1:31 am
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Bonjour Carlos et merci pour votre commentaire.


Vous aimez le tarot ? Moi aussi ! Savez-vous tirer les cartes ?


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Carlos
Thursday at 5:04 pm
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Oui, je l'aime. Mais je suis intéressé par des autres métiers aussi comme la psychologie, le tarot et les langues.

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Merci Carlos pour votre message !


Aimez-vous votre métier ?


Bonne soirée et à bientôt !

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Carlos
Thursday at 4:19 pm
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Salut!


Je suis comptable!

Frenchpod101.com
Wednesday at 6:57 am
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Bonjour Martha,


Vous allez bien ?

Merci pour votre message.


Vous pouvez dire "autrice", pour auteur au féminin.


Bonne journée

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Martha Lawrence
Wednesday at 12:47 am
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Bonjour!

Je suis auteur et éditrice. Y a-t-il un mot féminin pour ‘auteur’?

Merci,

Martha


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Bonjour May,


Vous êtes peintre ? Photographe ?


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May
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Je suis une artiste! que faites-vous dans la vie toute le monde???