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Intro

Jason: Hello everyone. Welcome to Upper Beginner Season 1, Lesson 10! C’est Jason. Jason here!
Ingrid: Bonjour à tous, Ingrid here!
Jason: In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to express your preferences and choices.
Ingrid: Yes Jason, by learning the usage of verbs “préférer” (to prefer) and “choisir” (to choose) which are main tools to do it.
Jason: After this lesson, you will be able to say things like "I choose this", or "I prefer that” or also “This is my favorite” in French.
Ingrid: Yes and you will see that this is very easy to learn!
Jason: So Ingrid, what is the topic of our conversation?
Ingrid: Our dialog will be between Marie and Sophie who are 2 friends choosing shoes in a store with a sales assistant. Marie and Sophie will speak informal French to each other but formal French with the employee.
Jason: Okay, so let’s listen to the conversation!
Dialogue
Marie: Tu vas choisir quelle paire de chaussures?
Karine: Je ne sais pas, tu préfères les rouges ou les noires?
Marie: Je préfère les rouges!
Karine: Bon, alors je prends les rouges!
Sales-assistant: Ca y est? vous avez choisi? Lesquelles préférez-vous?
Karine: Je choisis les rouges, c'est décidé!
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Marie: Tu vas choisir quelle paire de chaussures?
Karine: Je ne sais pas, tu préfères les rouges ou les noires?
Marie: Je préfère les rouges!
Karine: Bon, alors je prends les rouges!
Sales-assistant: Ca y est? vous avez choisi? Lesquelles préférez-vous?
Karine: Je choisis les rouges, c'est décidé!
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Marie: Tu vas choisir quelle paire de chaussures?
Jason: Which shoes are you going to choose?
Karine: Je ne sais pas, tu préfères les rouges ou les noires?
Jason: I don't know; which ones do you prefer, the red or the black ones?
Marie: Je préfère les rouges!
Jason: I prefer the red ones!
Karine: Bon, alors je prends les rouges!
Jason: Well then, I will take the red ones!
Sales-assistant: Ca y est? vous avez choisi? Lesquelles préférez-vous?
Jason: Is it okay? Have you made your decision? Which one do you prefer?
Karine: Je choisis les rouges, c'est décidé!
Jason: I choose the red ones! It's decided!
Post Conversation Banter
Jason: It’s so hard for girls to choose shoes indeed!
Ingrid: Yes but I think it is especially hard for French women who are shoes addicts and who would like to have every shoe in the world!
Jason: Yes you are right; it is a well-known fact that French women are very attached to their shoes!
Ingrid: Did you know that French women had an average of 9 pairs of shoes and that they buy at least 6 pairs each year? These are highest figures just after Italian girls!
Jason: It’s true that when you think about French women, you often imagine them being very elegant.
Ingrid: Yes and even if not every single woman in France is elegant, a major part of life for working women, especially in Paris, is wearing trendy shoes every day.
Jason: But why shoes are so important to them?
Ingrid: I guess it’s maybe because shoes really change their appearance. For example, women with high heeled shoes may feel more confident. By the way, did you know that elegant shoes are mandatory for some jobs in France?
Jason: Really? Which jobs, for example?
Ingrid: Many sales assistants, secretaries or receptionists are asked to wear elegant and trendy shoes to look feminine.
Jason: And do you think it is an effort for French women to do so?
Ingrid: In fact, I don’t think it is, as we often see women walking with very uncomfortable and unstable shoes just to be trendy on weekends. So I guess they prefer it over being unfashionable!
Vocabulary and Phrases
Jason: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Ingrid: choisir [natural native speed]
Jason: to choose
Ingrid: choisir [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: choisir [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: préférer [natural native speed]
Jason: to prefer
Ingrid: préférer [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: préférer [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: décider [natural native speed]
Jason: to decide
Ingrid: décider [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: décider [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: paire [natural native speed]
Jason: pair
Ingrid: paire [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: paire [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: chaussure [natural native speed]
Jason: shoes
Ingrid: chaussure [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: chaussure [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: bon, alors [natural native speed]
Jason: well, then
Ingrid: bon, alors [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: bon, alors [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: Une paire de chaussures [natural native speed]
Jason: a pair of shoes
Ingrid: Une paire de chaussures [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: Une paire de chaussures [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: les rouges [natural native speed]
Jason: the red ones
Ingrid: les rouges [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: les rouges [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: les noires [natural native speed]
Jason: the black ones
Ingrid: les noires [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: les noires [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ingrid: ca y est? [natural native speed]
Jason: is it okay?
Ingrid: ca y est? [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: ca y est? [natural native speed]
Vocabulary and Phrase Usage
Jason: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Ingrid: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Jason: The first verb is?
Ingrid: “Choisir” which means “to choose”.
Jason: Could you say it again slowly for our listeners?
Ingrid: (Slowly) « Choisir »
Jason: And now at natural speed
Ingrid: (Natural speed) « Choisir »
Jason: Can you give us some examples with this verb?
Ingrid: In our conversation we have “Vous avez choisi?” which means “Have you made your choice?” also “Je choisis les rouges” meaning “I choose the red ones”.
Jason: Okay, and the next word is?
Ingrid: “Une paire de chaussure” that means “a pair of shoes”. This is quite close to English.
Jason: Okay this is quite easy to remember. What about the next verb?
Ingrid: It is “préférer” which means “to prefer” and it has exactly the same meaning as in English.
Jason: Can you repeat this expression please?
Ingrid: (Slowly) « préférer»
Jason: And now at natural speed
Ingrid: (Natural speed) « préférer »
Jason: Can you use this in an example please?
Ingrid: Yes, so for example you can say “Je préfére les chaussures rouges” if you want to say that you prefer red shoes. Or if you want to ask to someone “Which one do you prefer?”, you will say “Lequel préfères-tu?”
Jason: Interesting! And what is the next expression?
Ingrid: Next is the casual expression “Ca y est” that means “Is that okay” or “Have you made your choice?” when asking if a person has took a decision.
Jason: Great! And the next expression is also very casual in French, what is it?
Ingrid: It is “Bon, alors” that is a way to punctuate a sentence by saying “Well, then” or “Well so” depending on the context. You can say for example “Bon alors tu es prêt?” that means “Well are you ready then?” implying you are a bit of a hurry.
Jason: And how was it used in our conversation?
Ingrid: It was “Bon, alors je prends les rouges” which means “Well then I take the red ones!” In this context “Bon, alors” is a way to introduce your decision, which is a firm decision.
Jason: Okay so our next and last expression is?
Ingrid: “Les rouges” or “les noires” that respectively means “The red ones” or “the black ones”. This is a way to qualify things; here we are talking about shoes just by saying their color.

Lesson focus

Jason: So in this lesson, our grammar is how to use French verbs and expressions to express your preference and choices.
Ingrid: Yes thanks to verbs “préférer”, “choisir” (to choose) and also words like “préféré” and “favori,” you will be able to say in French "I choose this", or "I prefer that” or also “This is my favorite”
Jason: Great, so what is our first point?
Ingrid: The first important verb is “préférer” which means “to prefer”. You can use like you do in English to talk about you preferences, such as in “Je préfère les rouges” which means “I prefer red ones,” talking about shoes.
Jason: This is quite simple in fact, you just add the thing you prefer after the verb “préférer” and that’s all?
Ingrid: Exactly, it is just the verb “préférer” conjugated + the thing you prefer. Of course, you can use this pattern for each person as in “Nous préférons les chaussures à talon” that is “We prefer heeled shoes”.
Jason: And can you put another kind of word after the verb “préférer”?
Ingrid: Yes, for example, you can put a verb in the infinitive form, as in “Préférez-vous rester ou partir?” which means “Do you prefer to stay or to go?”
Jason: So here again it is simple, it is the verb “préférer” + infinitive verb, is that right?
Ingrid: Yes it is, very basic and easy to use.
Jason: So the next word is the one for “to choose” isn’t it?
Ingrid: Yes it is “choisir” and this is the verb to use when you are talking about a decision you made, as in “Je choisis les rouges” which means “I choose red ones” but which also implies that you are buying this color.
Jason: So what is the big difference with the 1st verb “préférer”? Can you explain to listeners?
Ingrid: The main difference is that it’s better to use “choisir” when your choice implies an action, for example, when you are buying something. This is contrary to “préférer,” which is only explaining about your preferred thing, while “choisir” is saying you are going to do or take this, as in “J’ai choisi ce candidat” which literally means “I chose this candidates”. Here you also mean you will vote for him.
Jason: The nuance is quite interesting! And what about the last words we would like to share with our listeners?
Ingrid: The two last ones are “préféré” and “favori” which both mean “favorite” in English. These are very convenient, for example you can say “C’est mon film préféré” which means “This is my favorite movie”
Jason: And what about the synonym “favori”?
Ingrid: Yes it is the same meaning but “favori” will sound a bit more formal. That’s all.
Jason: Okay so if you want to say “My favorite color is blue” what will you say?
Ingrid: You will say “Ma couleur préférée est le bleu.” Note that “préféré” and “favori” are used here as adjectives so they have to agree with the thing you prefer.
Jason: So listeners, these are some very useful basics to express your preferences. Please have a look to the lesson notes to get more details about them!
Ingrid: Yes and you will also find more information on the different patterns you can use with all the expressions we’ve just seen!
Jason: Yes so stay tuned for the next lesson! See you soon, à bientôt!
Ingrid: A bientôt everybody!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Are you addicted to shoes like French women?

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Sunday at 04:51 PM
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A Cohen
Sunday at 10:33 AM
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No, but I am addicted to French made shoes! Paraboot and Mephisto are wonderful shoes!

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Bonjour Jane !


Merci pour votre commentaire !

Malheureusement je ne sais pas où vous pouvez trouver du savon de Marseille aux Etats-Unis :sob:

En France il y en a dans tous les supermarchés...


A bientôt !

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Saturday at 07:21 AM
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L'autre lecon a mentioné le savon de marseille. C'est disponible dans les magasins dan Les étas-Unis? Merci.

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Hello Mike,


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You can say : "Non ce n'est pas vrai. Pour être honnête, bien que j'aime les belles chaussures qu'il y a sur la planète, je préfère largement les femmes français car je suis beaucoup plus dépendant / accro d'elles. (accro is from the colloquial language) Mais je suis un homme !"


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Mike
Friday at 03:15 PM
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Salut Ingrid ! In the lesson 10 notes, have you noticed that Marie chose to have a conversation with Karine instead of with Sophie ?. Dans les leçon 10 notes, avez-vous vu que Marie a choisi avoir une conversation avec Karine au lieu de Sophie ?

Mike
Thursday at 04:00 PM
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Are you addicted to shoes like French women?


Non, ce n'est pas vrai. Etre honnetre, bien que j'aime les belles chaussures du monde, je préfére beaucoup meilleures les femmes français parce que je suis leurs plus addonées.. Mais je suis un homme |


No, it's not true. To be honest, although I like beautiful shoes from around the world, I much prefer French women because I am more addicted to them. But I am a man!

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yes