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Jessi: Top 25 French Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying 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 "How long have you been studying French?" In French this is
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français?
The first word in the question “How long have you been studying French?” is
Ingrid: Depuis
Jessi: "meaning since" in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Depuis
Jessi: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis
{Pause}
Jessi: 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, How long have you been studying French? is
Ingrid: combien
Jessi: meaning something like how in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) combien
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: combien
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: de
Jessi: meaning of in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) de
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: de
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: temps
Jessi: meaning something like long in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) temps
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: temps
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: étudiez
Jessi: meaning study in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) étudiez
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: étudiez
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: vous
Jessi: meaning you in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) vous
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: vous
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 6 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez vous
{pause}
And next
Ingrid: le
Jessi: meaning something like the in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) le
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: le
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 7 words of the question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez vous le
{pause}
And after that
Ingrid: français
Jessi: meaning French in English.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) français
Jessi: Now repeat.
Ingrid: français
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez vous le français
{pause}
Jessi: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying French??
Ingrid: Depuis 1 mois.
Jessi: "For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Ingrid: (Slow) Depuis 1 mois.
{pause}
Depuis
adverb
n/a
Jessi: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Ingrid: Depuis
Jessi: meaning since.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) Depuis
Jessi: Now repeat
Ingrid: Depuis
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: 1
meaning 1.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) 1
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: 1
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Ingrid: mois
meaning month.
Ingrid: (Slow, by syllable) mois
Jessi:Now repeat.
Ingrid: mois
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Ingrid: Depuis 1 mois.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 1 with 2.
Ingrid: 2
Jessi: 2
Ingrid: (slow) 2 (regular) 2
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 2
Ingrid: Depuis 2 mois.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1. Say For 2 month.
{pause}
Ingrid: Depuis 2 mois.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 2 with 3.
Ingrid: 3
Jessi: 3
Ingrid: (slow) 3 (regular) 3
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 3
Ingrid: Depuis 3 mois.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for 2. Say For 3 month.
{pause}
Ingrid: Depuis 3 mois.
Jessi: To make another phrase, replace 3 with 5.
Ingrid: 5
Jessi: 5
Ingrid: (slow) 5 (regular) 5
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 5
Ingrid: Depuis 5 mois.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the word for 3. Say For 5 month.
{pause}
Ingrid: Depuis 5 mois.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting France and a stranger asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français? (five seconds) Depuis 1 mois.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for 2 Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français? (five seconds) Depuis 2 mois.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for 3. . Answer the speaker's question.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français? (five seconds) Depuis 3 mois.
Jessi: Imagine you're 5. Respond to the question.
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français? (five seconds) Depuis 5 mois.
Jessi: You want to learn how long the stranger has been studying ?. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Ingrid: Depuis combien de temps étudiez-vous le français?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 6

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Bravo Ani il faut continuer comme ça ! ?


Bon week-end !

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Ani
Monday at 1:08 am
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Bonjour ,


Je m'appelle Anirudh . J'apprends le français depuis une semaine ?

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Tuesday at 12:47 am
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Bonjour Kirsteen et merci pour votre commentaire !


Il faut dire "j'apprends le français depuis trois mois maintenant".


Bonne journée et à bientôt !

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Kirsteen
Sunday at 6:39 pm
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Bonjour!!


J'ai appris Le français pour trois moins maintenant.

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Bonjour Oyun,


Thank you for posting.


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Oyun
Tuesday at 1:27 pm
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Bonjour.Marie Alice. Could u tell me about past, present, future tences in French?

Gloria
Saturday at 12:25 pm
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Merci Marie Alice. Je vais bien.

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Je vous en prie Gloria !

Avec plaisir :smile:


J'espère que vous allez bien !

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Gloria
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Mille mercis Marie Alice.

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Friday at 1:42 am
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Bonjour Gloria !


J'espère que vous allez bien ! :smile:

Je vous remercie pour votre commentaire !

Vous progressez en français, et c'est très bien ! :smile:

Continuez comme ça ! :thumbsup: (keep up the hard work !)


Attention il faut dire :

l’allemand – depuis sept mois

et l’espagnol – depuis peut-être quarante ans.


A bientôt !

Marie Alice

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