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Intro

Jason: Hello everyone. Welcome to Upper Beginner Season 1, Lesson 5! C’est Jason. Jason here!Ingrid: Bonjour à tous, Ingrid here!Jason: In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to set an appointment with friends.
After this lesson, you will be able to tell your friends where, when, and how can you meet them.
You will see that in French, interrogative adverbs are really useful to fix an appointment. You will see how to use them in simple questions, in order to choose a meeting point and hour.Ingrid: Yes Jason, this lesson will be very useful in daily life, if you’re going to France, for example. We will focus in this lesson on informal ways to set an appointment with people you already know.Jason: And our where does our conversation takes place?Ingrid: It will be a phone conversation between Tristan and Vanessa who are 2 good friends. They will speak informal French.Jason: Yes they will try to fix a “rendez-vous” in Paris that’s right?Ingrid: That’s right, and we will see together which words they use to choose the place, the time and the transportation to go to their meeting point. In fact, it’s a conversation you could have every day with a friend in France, so please listen carefully!
Jason:
Dialogue
Vanessa: Salut Tristan, ça va? Où peut-on se retrouver ce soir?
Tristan: On se retrouve devant la Pyramide du Louvre, qu'en penses-tu?
Vanessa: Parfait! Quelle heure t'arrangerait? Dis-moi!
Tristan: On dit 8h?
Vanessa: Très bien, et tu viendras comment?
Tristan: Je prendrai le métro comme toujours!
Vanessa: Ok, à ce soir alors!
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Vanessa: Salut Tristan, ça va? Où peut-on se retrouver ce soir?
Tristan: On se retrouve devant la Pyramide du Louvre, qu'en penses-tu?
Vanessa: Parfait! Quelle heure t'arrangerait? Dis-moi!
Tristan: On dit 8h?
Vanessa: Très bien, et tu viendras comment?
Tristan: Je prendrai le métro comme toujours!
Vanessa: Ok, à ce soir alors!
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Vanessa: Salut Tristan, ça va? Où peut-on se retrouver ce soir?
Jason: Hi, Tristan, how are you? Where should we meet tonight?
Tristan: On se retrouve devant la Pyramide du Louvre, qu'en penses-tu?
Jason: We can meet in front of the Louvre Pyramid; what do you think?
Vanessa: Parfait! Quelle heure t'arrangerait? Dis-moi!
Jason: Perfect! What time is better for you? Let me know!
Tristan: On dit 8h?
Jason: We could say eight o'clock?
Vanessa: Très bien, et tu viendras comment?
Jason: Great, and how will you get there?
Tristan: Je prendrai le métro comme toujours!
Jason: I'm taking the subway, as usual!
Vanessa: Ok, à ce soir alors!
Jason: Okay, see you then!Jason
Post Conversation Banter
Jason: Ingrid do you know their meeting point, “La Pyramide du Louvre”?
Ingrid: Yes I know it and I think it’s a really beautiful place in Paris. It is located within the Louvre Museum’s yard and it’s a kind of “modern remake” of an antique Egyptian Pyramid!
Jason: Really? I know about the Louvre Museum which is very famous but what is the story of this Pyramid building?
Ingrid: Actually it is a work piece building, opened to public in 1989 and ordered by the former French President Mitterrand. In France, this building is really related to this president because at the time, he was the only one to support this project!
Jason: What do you mean? French people don’t appreciate this Pyramid?
Ingrid: To be honest, it was strongly criticized at the beginning because its architecture was really different from the Louvre classic style. The pyramid is made of only glass and steel, which are modern materials.
Jason: It’s a well-known fact that French people generally love to protest, but what about now? Is the Pyramid still controversial?
Ingrid: No, now I think Parisians have accepted it and the building has succeeded in becoming a part of the Louvre; mentalities have evolved and the development of the Pyramid’s basement has helped it be considered as a nice place to be.Jason: What can you find in the Pyramid’s basement?
Ingrid: The basement called “Le Carrousel du Louvre” is now a kind of mall where you can find many cultural stores and exhibitions but also a big Apple Store, which opened recently!
Vocabulary and Phrases
Jason: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Ingrid: Où ? [natural native speed]
Jason: Where?
Ingrid: Où ? [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: Où ? [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: comment [natural native speed]
Jason: how
Ingrid: comment [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: comment [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: très bien [natural native speed]
Jason: very well
Ingrid: très bien [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: très bien [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: devant [natural native speed]
Jason: in front of
Ingrid: devant [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: devant [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: en face [natural native speed]
Jason: In front of
Ingrid: en face [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: en face [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: Quelle heure? [natural native speed]
Jason: What time?
Ingrid: Quelle heure? [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: Quelle heure? [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: arranger [natural native speed]
Jason: to suit
Ingrid: arranger [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: arranger [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: On dit [natural native speed]
Jason: Let's say...
Ingrid: On dit [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: On dit [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: Dis-moi! [natural native speed]
Jason: Let me know!/Tell me!
Ingrid: Dis-moi! [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: Dis-moi! [natural native speed]: Next:
Ingrid: métro [natural native speed]
Jason: subway
Ingrid: métro [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ingrid: métro [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 word is?
Ingrid: “où?”, which means “where?”
Jason: Next we have?
Ingrid: Next is “devant” which means “in front of”.
Jason: Could you say it again slowly for our listeners?
Ingrid: (Slowly) « devant »
Jason: And now in natural speed
Ingrid: (Natural speed) « devant »
Jason: Great! So this word can be used to specify the place where you will be waiting for example?
Ingrid: Yes, you can say “Je t’attends devant la Poste” for example which means “I’m waiting for you in front of the Post Office” or as in our conversation “On se retrouve devant la Pyramide du Louvre”
Jason: Yeah, so really convenient to find your friend! Next expression is?
Ingrid: Next is “Quelle heure?” which means “What time?”
Jason: Yeah, and this is really useful to set an appointment of course! What’s the next one?
Ingrid: Next is “Dis-moi!” which is the informal way to ask your friend “Let me know!” or “Please tell me!” Be careful not to use it in formal situations because it would sound rude!
Jason: What could you say for formal situations?
Ingrid: You could say « N’hésitez pas à me dire ce qui vous arrange le plus » which literally means « Do not hesitate to tell me what is better for you »
Jason: So we heard in your last example the verb “arranger.” What does it mean?
Ingrid: The verb “arranger” is the one to use for asking what would be the best solution for the other person. It implies that you are asking for the most suitable hour or place to have an appointment with this person.
Jason: So what is the next expression?
Ingrid: It is “Très bien,” which means “great” or “perfect” and serves to agree and to say something fits perfectly with your expectations.
Jason: Great, and what is the next expression?
Ingrid: Last expression is “On dit…” which would be the equivalent to “Let’s say…” You can use when talking about hour or place.
Jason: Yes, for example, what if you are suggesting to your friend an appointment at the Tour Eiffel at 3 o’clock?
Ingrid: We would say “On dit 3h devant la Tour Eiffel?”
Jason: And finally, the last interesting word here is?
Ingrid: It is “Comment?” which is an interrogative word meaning “How?” you will find more info about it in the grammar point just after this.
Jason: Great so now let’s move on to our grammar point!

Lesson focus

Jason: So today’s grammar point will help you to fix an appointment with a friend, telling him or her the place, the hour and the transportation thanks to an interrogative words such as Where? When? And How?
Ingrid: Yes you will learn about using the French interrogative adverbs “Où?”, “Quand?” and “Comment?”
After this lesson, you will be able to set an informal appointment by asking your friend where and when they want to meet, but also how they can get to the meeting point.Jason: So the 1st adverb is: “Où?” what it is used for?
Ingrid: The adverb “Où?” is used to ask about places. You can use “Où” in many different sentences to ask about a meeting point. For example in our dialog we had “Où peut-on se retrouver ce soir?” which means “Where can we meet tonight ? ”Jason: Here we notice that the word “Où” is placed at the beginning of the sentence. Is this always the case Ingrid?Ingrid: Normally it should be, yes, but in everyday language French people often change the word order. For example “Où peut-on se retrouver ce soir?” can become “On se retrouve où ce soir?” which means exactly the same thing.Jason: But the general rule for asking about a place in French is: Où + verb + subject, isn’t that right?
Ingrid: Right! And this is the case for every interrogative verb. It also works for the next one we will learn, which is “Quand,” which means “When?” You can also say “A quelle heure” which is “What time?”
Jason: Could you give us an example with these expressions?
Ingrid: “Quand viens-tu?” which means “When will you come?” or “A quelle heure viens-tu?” which is more precise and means “What time will you come?”
Jason: Can you explain to us the difference between “Quand” and “A quelle heure”?
Ingrid: Yes in fact, “Quand” is really general. You can ask “quand” when you don’t have a specific date in mind, for example, “Quand viens-tu?” is not asking about a precise timetable, so the person is likely to answer “Je viendrai demain” which is “I’ll come tomorrow”.
Jason: And what if you need to be more specific?
Ingrid: So in that case you would use “A quelle heure” which literally means “At which hour” . This is a way to set a precise timetable, an hour.
Jason: Could you tell us the common mistake that you have to avoid in French when it comes to setting times?
Ingrid: Yes, many foreigners say “Quel temps?” instead of “Quelle heure?” Please note in French, the word “temps” means “time” in general but cannot be used to set something specific.
Jason: So use “A quelle heure” to be sure of the hour! So now let’s see. The last interrogative adverb of this dialog is?
Ingrid: It is “Comment?” which means “How?” or also “Quel moyen” which also means “How”
These expressions are used to ask about the means—the best way to get to the meeting point.
Jason: So if you want to ask what is the best method of transportation to get to a meeting point, what would you say?
Ingrid: You would say “Comment faire pour y aller ?” which means “How to do to get there ? ” or you can also say “Quel est le meilleur moyen pour y aller?” which is “What is the best way to get there?”
Jason: And then your friend can answer…
Ingrid: He could tell you “Le mieux c’est de prendre le metro” if the best solution in to take the underground. Otherwise he could say “Le mieux c’est de marcher” if ever the best way is to walk to the meeting point.
Jason: Great! So this lesson should be very useful if you don’t want to miss an appointment!
Ingrid: Yes that’s true, it would be a pity to go to the wrong place! So listeners, stay tuned et à bientôt for our next lesson!Jason: Yes, see you soon everybody! A bientôt!

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Júnio
Monday at 01:12 PM
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Which lesson can I take to master the usage of theses pronouns "y" and "en". They're very difficult to understand. Thank you so much!

Frenchpod101.com Verified
Sunday at 05:24 AM
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Bonjour Deanna !


Merci pour votre question !

- Ce changement d'horaire m'arrange.

- The time change suits me.


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Deanna
Friday at 09:20 AM
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Could you give more sample sentences using "arranger" to mean 'to suit'? Merci!

FrenchPod101.com Verified
Tuesday at 11:25 PM
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Bonjour Karyn !


This lesson should help you : https://www.frenchpod101.com/2008/06/03/newbie-lesson-6-magnifique/

Thank you for asking !


Bonne semaine !

Marie Alice

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Karyn
Monday at 03:19 AM
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Hi,

What lesson is it that we go over articles such as a la, au,aux, or the rules for de, des, etc?

FrenchPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 11:59 PM
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Bonjour Va and thank you for your comment !


Indeed, there is a difference between "rencontrer" and "retrouver" :

Retrouver implies you meet someone you already know.

Rencontrer is meeting someone for the first time.


Joyeuse fêtes !

Marie Alice

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va
Monday at 04:10 PM
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There is a difference between retrouver and rencontrer?

Diana
Wednesday at 09:47 PM
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Miroir, beau miroir, dis-moi que je suis la plus belle.


J'ai une question. Il faut "que" en cette phrase? Il n'y a pas "que" en les autres.

Dis-moi si tu peux. Dis-moi a quelle heure elle sort ce soir.