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Welcome to Living Language’s Starting Out In French, an introductory course teaching the basics of the French language. This all-audio course is designed to be used without any printed material, but should you decide you want to read along as you listen to the lessons, visit www.livinglanguage.com for a free downloadable transcript and other resources.

Leçon Un: Les expressions essentielles
Lesson 1: Essential expressions

Bienvenue! Welcome! In this first lesson, you’ll learn basic courtesy expressions and other useful words and phrases that will get you started speaking French. So, let’s begin with some essential vocabulary. You’ll hear the English first, and then the French. Repeat each new word or phrase every time you hear it. Ready? VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 Hello. Hi. Bonjour. Salut.

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Good-bye. How are you? (familiar) How are you? (polite) I’m fine. What’s your name? (familiar) What’s your name? (polite) ma’am/Mrs./Ms. sir/Mr. Miss

Au revoir. Comment vas-tu? Comment allez-vous? Ça va. Comment t’appelles-tu? Comment vous appelez-vous? Madame Monsieur Mademoiselle

TAKE A BREAK 1 Okay, let’s stop there. You learned how to say Hello (Bonjour), Hi (Salut), Good-bye (Au revoir), How are you? (Comment vas-tu? or Comment allez-vous?), I’m fine (Ça va), What’s your name? (Comment t’appelles-tu? or Comment vous appelez-vous?), Mrs. (Madame), Mr. (Monsieur), and Miss (Mademoiselle). Did you notice that there are two ways of asking how someone is or what someone’s name is? One is familiar, used with friends, family, and children. Those are the questions with tu, which is the familiar way of saying you: Comment vas-tu? and Comment t’appelles-tu? The others use the polite form for you, vous. They’re used with adults you don’t know well, colleagues, and people in formal situations: Comment allez-vous? and Comment vous appelez-vous? So, in French tu and vous both mean you, but the first is familiar and the second is polite. When in doubt, use vous unless you’re invited to use tu. Now let’s look at some more greetings.

VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 Good evening. How’s it going? It’s going well. It’s not going well. Not bad. So-so. Super. Fantastic. Bonsoir. Comment ça va? Ça va bien. Ça va mal. Pas mal. Comme ci, comme ça. Super. Formidable.

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My name is . . . Pleased to meet you.

Je m’appelle . . . Enchanté(e).

TAKE A BREAK 2 Let’s pause there for a moment. First you learned how to greet someone (Bonjour, Salut, Bonsoir), introduce yourself ( Je m’appelle . . . ), and address people both formally (Comment allez-vous? Comment vous appelez-vous?) and informally (Comment vas-tu? Comment t’appelles-tu?) Now you’ve learned how to say Good evening (Bonsoir) and ask How’s it going? (Comment ça va?), along with a few different answers to this question: well (ça va bien), not well (ça va mal), not bad (pas mal), so-so (comme ci, comme ça), and really well (super or formidable). Finally, you learned how to tell someone what your name is ( Je m’appelle . . . ) and say Nice to meet you (Enchanté/Enchantée).

ONE MORE TIME Okay, let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. You’ll hear the English first, and then the French, which you should repeat for practice. Hello, ma’am, how are you? Not bad, thank you. My name’s François. Let me introduce my wife, Marguerite. Pleased to meet you. What’s your name? My name is Mrs. Beaulieu. Let me introduce my husband, Mr. Albert Beaulieu. Pleased to meet you. Bonjour, madame, comment allez-vous? Pas mal, merci. Je m’appelle François. Je vous présente ma femme, Marguerite. Enchantée. Comment vous appelez-vous? Je m’appelle Mme. Beaulieu. Je vous présente mon mari, M. Albert Beaulieu.

Enchanté.

BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together, and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. Hi, I’m Mark, what’s your name? Hi, Mark, my name is Stephanie. Nice to meet you. How’s it going? Salut, je suis Marc, comment t’appelles-tu? Ciao, Marc, je m’appelle Stéphanie. Enchanté. Comment ça va?

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Simon. Bonjour. Fantastic. You probably figured out that ciao is like salut. you’ll hear a phrase in French. How’s it going? What’s your name? (Use the familiar. comme ça. Comme ci. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. Mark! Super! Je te présente mon père. Ciao. How are you? (formal) What’s your name? (formal) I am Mrs. if you’re speaking more formally. you can say je te présente . which you should repeat for practice. . Bonsoir. . So-so. . . too. Comment ça va? Comment t’appelles-tu? Comment vous appelez-vous? Je suis Monsieur Blanc. ? Say that again: je suis. . Pleased to meet you. if you’re speaking to a friend or family member. Did you notice that you can introduce yourself by simply saying Je suis . Good evening. Stéphanie! Salut. . Hello. 4 www. . sir. How are you? I’m very well. you’ll hear the right answer. Enchanté.) What’s your name? (Use the formal. Blanc. Stephanie! Good-bye. Now do the opposite.com . Good-bye. thank you.Super! Let me introduce my father. Comment allez-vous? Comment vous appelez-vous? Je suis Madame Simon. Dubois. . Je vous présente M.LivingLanguage. monsieur. . Marc! Okay. je suis .) I am Mr. or je vous présente . an informal way of saying Hello or Good-bye. and you should translate it into English. And to introduce someone else. je suis. Comment allez-vous? Je vais très bien. Let me introduce Mr. translating the phrase from English into French. Formidable. you already knew a lot of that vocabulary. but there were a few new words. Dubois. which means I am . . merci. Good. First. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. After a pause. Great.

let’s get started with some vocabulary. As always.) Je ne comprends pas. s’il vous plaît. go right ahead! You can learn at your own pace. and you should repeat the French each time you hear it. une personne une femme C’est . (Repeat that. . C’est une femme. you’ll hear the English first. please. and say how you’re doing. a girl This is a girl. a boy This is a boy. a man This is a man. you’ll learn how to talk about your family. Prête.) And finally. . But first. s’il vous plaît. we’ll learn how to talk about the family. introduce yourself. un garçon C’est un garçon. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to meet and greet people. (I don’t understand. This is a woman. so practice them a few times! In the next lesson. Je parle un peu français.com . . sir? ) VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 a person a woman This is . un homme C’est un homme. Prêt.) Those few phrases are important for beginners to know. and you’ll learn some key vocabulary related to people in general. What did you say? ) Répétez. une fille C’est une fille. please. Leçon Deux: Les gens et la famille Lesson 2: People and the family Bienvenue! Welcome! In this lesson. madame? (Ready.) Parlez plus lentement. (Speak more slowly. (I’m learning French. ma’am? ). At the same time you’ll learn some of the basics of French grammar to get you speaking right away.PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson.LivingLanguage. but if you’d like to review lesson one first. . (I speak a little French. monsieur? (Ready. Some other key phrases you might want to know are: Comment? (Pardon? as in.) J’apprends le français. 5 www.

. So far you’ve learned a few feminine nouns: la famille (the family).com . le garçon (the boy). VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 This is a family. The masculine form of the indefinite article is un: un homme. or the girl ). Here’s the mother. Voilà le père. Voilà la sœur. And you’ve learned a few masculine nouns. The same thing happens before many nouns that begin with h. . la sœur (the sister) and la personne (the person). Notice in those last two words that le is shortened to just an l sound before nouns that start with a vowel sound. rocks.a child This is a child. une fille. . It’s best not to overthink it! Just memorize the gender of each new noun you learn. gender is important. too: le père (the father). Did you notice that there are two words for a. either un or une? That’s because French nouns are all either masculine or feminine. You learned how to say a person (une personne). un garçon. a person is une personne. but in French. la fille (the daughter. Here is . The masculine form is le. and all other nouns have gender. girl. First you learned how to say a in French: un for masculine nouns. also known as the definite article. Here’s the son. Voilà la mère. Here’s the brother. . Here’s the father. Speaking of new nouns. The feminine form of a. and a child (un enfant). C’est une famille.LivingLanguage. a girl (une fille). la mère (the mother). l’homme (the man). and the feminine form is la. TAKE A BREAK 2 Let’s pause again. So. houses. Sometimes it’s not logical. such as homme. le frère (the brother). since 6 www. woman. le fils (the son). TAKE A BREAK 1 Okay. Here’s the sister. or boy. tables. cars. Again. is une: une femme. and l’étudiante is the female student. Voilà . Voilà le frère. Voilà la fille. a man (un homme). a woman (une femme). It’s easy to remember the gender of nouns like man. The same thing happens to la. also known as the indefinite article. let’s have some more vocabulary. and une for feminine nouns. Here’s the daughter. Voilà le fils. and a child is un enfant. and l’enfant (the child ). un enfant C’est un enfant. Now you’ve just learned how to say the. l’étudiant is the male student. a boy (un garçon). trees. And often it’s downright impossible. let’s stop there. all nouns have gender.

Et j’ai une mère . this form of the definite article is l-apostrophe. Sophie is a girl. Madame Lacroix est la mère. 7 www. She’s a teacher.h is silent in French. And me. Je suis français. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. . J’ai un père . Lacroix is a man. Sophie is the daughter. Lacroix is a woman. . Elle est professeure. Marc est un garçon. So. Lacroix is the father. And I have a sister. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. Hello! I’m Mark. Il est policier. Mrs. . Monsieur Lacroix est le père. I have a father . Sophie est une fille.o-m-m. And I have a mother . too. l’homme is spelled l-apostrophe-h. I have a small family. ONE MORE TIME . . Madame Lacroix est une femme. . . Marc est le fils. I’m a student. and then you should repeat for practice. Elle est étudiante. C’est la famille Lacroix.com . BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. Mr.e. . Marc is the son. Monsieur Lacroix est un homme.LivingLanguage. J’ai une petite famille. . In writing. You’ll hear the English first. This is the Lacroix family. Okay. . Marc is a boy. Mr. She’s a student. I’m French. . Bonjour! Je suis Marc. Et moi aussi. Sophie est la fille. Lacroix is the mother. and then the French. He’s a policeman. je suis étudiant. Mrs. Et j’ai une sœur.

Okay. First. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. you’d respond by saying j’ai une petite famille. You already know that bonjour means hello and français means French. (Repeat that. Did you remember that je suis means I am? You also learned two other forms—il est for he is. a person a child the family This is a woman. please). Parlez plus lentement. J’ai une sœur. s’il 8 www. . and talk about your uncle (oncle). Repeat that: j’ai . a small family a mother a father a sister a brother J’ai une petite famille. For example. And speaking of useful verbs. Now translate the following phrases into French. or a teacher. that means you must have a nephew (un neveu) or a niece (une nièce). Frederic is a man. . . or a policeman. Repeat the correct answers for practice. j’ai . You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to talk about your family. and you should translate it into English. too. Finally. J’ai un frère. but there were a few new words. une personne un enfant la famille C’est une femme. If you’re un oncle or une tante. You’ll learn more about that useful verb later. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. your aunt (tante). You may of course want to extend the discussion a bit. s’il vous plaît. J’ai un père.LivingLanguage. and elle est for she is. . meaning I have. and then make sentences beginning with j’ai. as in j’ai une petite famille. and both he and his sister are students. you already knew a lot of that vocabulary. or your male cousin (cousin). do you remember your survival phrases from lesson one? Here they are again: Comment? (Pardon? What did you say? ) Répétez. . or I have a small family. J’ai une mère. your female cousin (cousine).com . PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson. j’ai . and étudiant in the masculine. you heard Marc say that his father is un policier. his mother is une professeure. étudiante in the feminine. Frédéric est un homme. you’ll hear a phrase in French. you also heard Marc say j’ai . if you hear a small family. . . or I have. . Now. And what family reunion would be complete without your grandmother (grand-mère) and grandfather (grandpère). .

many). and les much more than English does. fifteen. how to count. And with numbers. eight nine. huit neuf. thirteen fourteen.LivingLanguage. (I speak a little French. seize dix-sept. or a number. five. la. dix-huit. deux.) See that. ten un. We’ll also cover the very common and important verb être. Here are some examples: 9 www. to be. (I don’t understand.vous plaît. (I’m learning French. vingt et un. You can tell the difference because the plural noun comes with the plural form of the. you’re learning more and more! Leçon Trois: Les nombres Lesson 3: Numbers Déjà plus de français? (More French already? ) Mais. sixteen seventeen. which is les. treize quatorze. (Speak more slowly please.) Je ne comprends pas. twenty-two onze. douze. you’ll be all set to learn plurals.) J’apprends le français. nineteen twenty. eighteen. Allons-y! Let’s go! VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 one.) Je parle un peu français. eleven. twenty-one. vingt-deux TAKE A BREAK 1 Now let’s use some of those numbers to count things. trois quatre. French uses articles like le. two. bien sûr! (But of course!) In this lesson you’re going to learn a valuable skill. twelve. which means using the plural form of nouns. six seven. quinze. Plurals in French are usually written with an -s. three four. six sept. or a phrase like beaucoup de (a lot of. cinq.com . dix Now let’s add eleven through twenty-two. but they sound just like the singular because the -s is silent. In fact. dix-neuf vingt. But that’s not all. so you don’t always translate them.

If the ones place is un. just put the ones place after the tens place. quatre-vingt-dix cent. even if a noun sounds the same in the singular and plural. 35 40. seventy-one is soixante et onze (sixty and eleven). but let’s look at the whole conjugation. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 Now let’s add some more numbers. 31. The numbers vingt-deux (22) through soixante-neuf (69) work a lot like in English.com . 90 100. elle est nous sommes 10 www. say the phrase et un (and one). 50. soixante-dix-neuf quatre-vingts. as in trente et un (thirty one). to be. if you hear it with a number. 75. 1. Here are more examples: 70. soixante-quinze. you know it’s plural. I am you are (familiar) he is. mille TAKE A BREAK 2 Now let’s look at pronouns and être. unlike in 71 (soixante et onze). 66 trente. soixante-six Seventy through ninety nine involve a little math: seventy is soixante-dix (or sixty-ten). Ninety-one is then quatre-vingt-onze. Eighty is quatre-vingts (four twenties) and ninety is quatrevingt-dix (four-twenty-ten). Notice that the et is dropped here.people men and women one man and three boys two women and five girls many families les gens les hommes et les femmes un homme et trois garçons deux femmes et cinq filles beaucoup de familles So. with les or with beaucoup de. she is we are je suis tu es il est. You’ve already seen a few forms. trente-cinq quarante. cinquante. 79 80.LivingLanguage. quatre-vingt-cinq.000 soixante-dix. 30. trente et un. 85. and so on.

Ils sont amis. and elles sont is feminine. . Amélie is a girl.you are (polite and plural) they are vous êtes ils sont. 11 www. on est can mean the same thing as nous sommes.LivingLanguage. Deux hommes et une femme sont debout. Il y a six personnes. There are also a lot of trees. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. They are friends. so you’d use it with your friends. There are three men. family. Les étudiants? Ils sont ici. Tu es is the familiar you are. Êtes-vous américain ou français? Nous sommes suisses. C’est une belle photo. and a girl. Vous êtes is more polite. Et les autres sont assis. elles sont Don’t forget that in French there are two ways to say you. The women and the men are over there. two women. Il y a aussi beaucoup d’arbres. and it is also used to refer to groups of people. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. as in all of you are. Also note that there are two forms of they are: ils sont is masculine or mixed. Another common pronoun in French is on. and you should translate it into English. et Franck est un garçon. and then the French. but which also is often used to mean we. You’ll hear the English first. And the others are sitting. Let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. Amélie est une fille. ONE MORE TIME . The students? They’re here. So. Are you American or French? We’re Swiss. It’s a beautiful photo. you’ll hear a phrase in French. Les hommes et les femmes sont là-bas. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together.com . and Franck is a boy. Two men and one woman are standing. and then you should repeat for practice. There are six people. or anyone you’re close to. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. . Il y a trois hommes. deux femmes et une fille. which means people in general. First.

com . septième (seventh). And that wraps up Lesson 3. sixième (sixth).LivingLanguage. and how to use the very essential verb être. three hundred is trois cents. Je suis avec Jean/Elle. or go on for more French. neuvième (ninth). let’s get started with some vocabulary. Je suis américain. You’ve learned how to count. I’m American. and so on. eight thousand is huit mille. A few other useful numbers are the ordinals: premier (first). Ils sont amis. and dixième (tenth). along with subject pronouns. which is another very useful verb to know. Je suis debout. five thousand is cinq mille. how to form plurals. Nous sommes ici. huitième (eighth). change the sentence to Il est français. deuxième (second ). two hundred is deux cents.Les hommes sont français. Elle est avec Jean. Now restate each sentence with the pronoun you hear after it. You’ll also learn how to say have. Leçon Quatre: À la maison Lesson 4: At home In this lesson. In case you want to count a bit higher. They are friends. PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson. you’ll learn how to name common objects around the home. We are here. Nous sommes ici. One thousand is mille. 12 www. the word for one hundred is cent. Vous êtes debout/Je. Feel free to go back and review. troisième (third ). The men are French. For example. As usual. Tu es assis avec la famille. quatrième (fourth). if you hear Je suis français and then Il. to be. Nous sommes assis avec la famille/Tu. etc. cinquième (fifth). Les enfants sont ici/Nous.

There are books in the library. TAKE A BREAK 1 Let’s pause. There is a refrigerator in the kitchen. There is a bed in the bedroom. which means many or a lot of. Did you notice a room can be called une pièce.LivingLanguage. A good phrase to know with il y a is beaucoup de. Ma maison a six pièces. Le salon a une pendule. The kitchen has a microwave oven. Can you remember how to say in? You heard it in several sentences. Jean et Marie ont un grand appartement. You just learned a lot of useful vocabulary for talking about the home. or une salle? Also note that bibliothèque means library. too). There is a table in the dining room. in is à: à Paris. The word librairie exists in French. Il y a un canapé dans le salon. 13 www. La bibliothèque a un ordinateur. La salle de bains a un miroir. The living room has a grandfather clock. Et il y a une voiture dans le garage. It’s dans. The library has a computer. And how about also? It’s aussi.VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 I have a house. There is a sofa in the living room. There are flowers in the garden. There is wine in the cellar. Il y a des fleurs dans le jardin. Il y a une table dans la salle à manger. notice that the phrase il y a means there is or there are. Il y a du vin dans la cave. And there is a car in the garage. you could say il y a une belle fleur dans le jardin (there is a beautiful flower in the garden) or il y a six pièces dans ma maison aussi (there are six rooms in my home. Finally. J’ai une maison. There is also a TV and a computer. So. The bathroom has a mirror. Il y a un lit dans la chambre. Il y a aussi une télé et un ordinateur.com . à Montréal. My house has six rooms. but it means bookstore. Il y a une douche dans la salle de bains. You learned it with the plurals: il y a beaucoup de musées à Paris (there are a lot of museums in Paris). With cities. La cuisine a un micro-ondes. There is a shower in the bathroom. Il y a un réfrigérateur dans la cuisine. Il y a des livres dans la bibliothèque. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 Jean and Marie have a big apartment.

TAKE A BREAK 2 Now let’s take a closer look at the forms of avoir. There is a shower in the bathroom. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. to have. They have a sofa in the living room. J’ai une petite maison. And there is a lot of wine in the cellar. 14 www. We have a computer in the library. elle a nous avons vous avez ils ont. Elle a un grand lit dans la chambre. My father has a new car. elles ont Notice that in French you use avoir to give an age: J’ai trente ans. Et nous avons une grande maison. j’ai tort (I’m wrong). Il y a une douche dans la salle de bains. . She has a big bed in the bedroom. I have a small house. And we have a big house. Salut! Je m’appelle Antoine.LivingLanguage. Okay. j’ai raison (I’m right). j’ai peur (I’m afraid ). . Hi! My name is Antoine. Mon père a une nouvelle voiture. Et ma mère a un nouvel ordinateur. Et il y a beaucoup de vin dans la cave. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. ONE MORE TIME . she has we have you have (polite or plural) they have j’ai tu as il a. It’s also used in many other common expressions where English uses a form of to be: j’ai chaud (I’m hot). I’m thirty years old. j’ai sommeil (I’m sleepy). And my mother has a new computer. I have you have (familiar) he has. I have a big family.com . J’ai une grande famille. Ils ont un canapé dans le salon. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. j’ai froid (I’m cold ). Nous avons un ordinateur dans la bibliothèque.

too. PARTING WORDS Tu fais des progrès! You’re making progress! Now you know plenty of vocabulaire—that means beaucoup de mots. Tu parles déjà français! You’re already speaking French! If you’re ready for Lesson 5. Vous avez un canapé. j’ai un petit chien. Nous avons un canapé/Vous. My sister is eight. Elle a beaucoup de jeux vidéos. for example J’ai un petit appartement. you can do that. Mon frère a treize ans. go right ahead. you’ll hear a phrase in French. La salle de bains a une douche. If you’d like to review. Now you’ll hear a sentence in French. The sofa is in the living room. Ma sœur a huit ans. Tu as beaucoup de livres/Isabelle. Et moi. He has a lot of friends. Isabelle a beaucoup de livres. J’ai une petite famille/Nous. I have a little dog. Robert et Julie ont un beau jardin. And me. I have a computer in my room. Nous avons une nouvelle voiture. Ils ont un beau jardin/Robert et Julie. And you can put them together in sentences. Il a beaucoup d’amis. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. and you should translate it into English. Nous avons une petite famille. La cuisine a un réfrigérateur. The bathroom has a shower. She has a lot of video games. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. Then you’ll hear a new subject. J’ai un ordinateur dans ma chambre. The kitchen has a refrigerator.LivingLanguage. You should restate the sentence with the new subject: Marc a un petit appartement. We have a new car. First. because you know beaucoup de grammaire aussi. 15 www. a lot of words. There are four rooms in my apartment. Le canapé est dans le salon.My brother is thirteen years old. for example Marc.com . Il y a quatre pièces dans mon appartement.

and nouveau/nouvelle (new). and in pronunciation that usually means that a consonant ending that’s silent in the masculine. masculine and feminine. Ready? VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 big small good bad red white blue new old handsome/beautiful American French grand/grande petit/petite bon/bonne mauvais/mauvaise rouge/rouge blanc/blanche bleu/bleue nouveau/nouvelle vieux/vieille beau/belle américain/américaine français/française TAKE A BREAK 1 Okay. like rouge. let’s stop there. First.com . like the -s in français or the -d in grand. as in une femme française (a French woman). you double the final consonant. In some cases. We’ll come back to how to use them in a moment.Leçon Cinq: Les descriptions Lesson 5: Describing things In this lesson. Let’s hear some more examples. In writing. both with descriptive adjectives and with possessives. followed by two forms in French. you’ll learn to describe things. as in un homme français (a French man) and a feminine singular adjective with a feminine singular noun. or blanc/blanche (white). grande. you usually add an -e to the masculine to get the feminine. let’s get started with a few simple descriptive adjectives. like vieux/vieille (old ). That means that you have to use a masculine singular adjective with a masculine singular noun. If an adjective already ends in -e in the masculine singular. 16 www. You’ll hear the English first. the feminine is the same. will be pronounced in the feminine: française. and in other cases there are irregulars.LivingLanguage. Adjectives in French have to agree with the noun they describe.

or its. with an -s on both garçons and sportifs. Adjectives also have to agree in number. if le garçon sportif means the athletic boy. use mes (my). nouveau/nouvelle (new). vieux/vieille (old ). also with an -s on both filles and sportives. but the good news is. Mon and ma mean my. which agree in gender and number with the possession.com . Now let’s look at some other possessives. mauvais/mauvaise (bad ). You probably also noticed the possessive mon/ma (my). ton and ta mean your. but a few common ones come before it. there’s usually an -s added.VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 an athletic boy an athletic girl a happy boy a happy girl my old grandfather my dear mother my charming children an amusing game a beautiful house a red car a new sofa a good library un garçon sportif une fille sportive un garçon heureux une fille heureuse mon vieux grand-père ma chère mère mes charmants enfants un jeu amusant une belle maison une voiture rouge un nouveau canapé une bonne bibliothèque TAKE A BREAK 2 Did you hear the different forms of the adjectives? You probably also noticed that most French adjectives come after the noun they describe. we have la fille sportive (the athletic girl ) and les filles sportives (the athletic girls).LivingLanguage. petit/petite (small ). then les garçons sportifs means the athetic boys. So. the pronunciation is just about always the same in the plural as in the singular. For plural possessions. and son and sa can mean his. In writing. bon/bonne (good ). her. my father and my mother your brother and your sister his/her bike his/her car mon père et ma mère ton frère et ta sœur son vélo sa voiture 17 www. and ses (his/her/its). like grand/grande (big). beau/belle (beautiful ). In the feminine. Let’s see some examples. you can tell that it’s plural because of the article les. tes (your). Again.

vos. Il est canadien. and the s is usually silent: tes.LivingLanguage. Je suis français. and then you should repeat for practice.com . blanc et bleu. and so on. 18 www. For plural possessions. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. This happens a lot in French. ton ami. My company is good and generous. You are American. votre. white. I’m French. He is Canadian. ses amis. His flag is white and red. Ma firme est bonne et généreuse. and not just with s: mes amis. Son drapeau est blanc et rouge. Her employees are happy. Ton drapeau est rouge. and red. Here are some examples: our father and our mother our parents your brother and your sister your friends their car and their bike their things notre père et notre mère nos parents votre frère et votre sœur vos amis leur voiture et leur vélo leurs choses ONE MORE TIME . Finally. that -s is pronounced: tes amis. blanc et rouge. which means our. But if the next word begins with a vowel sound. and then the French. Ses employés sont heureux. Okay. Mon drapeau est bleu. which means their. mon ami. and leurs. (feminine) My flag is blue. . we have notre. Mon patron est gentil.my notebooks your friends his or her things mes cahiers tes amis ses choses Did you notice the pronunciation of tes amis? Tes is spelled t. . (masculine) I’m French. Je suis française. My boss is nice. Tu es américaine. (feminine) Your flag is red. votre voiture (your car). use nos. with an -s.e-s. These forms are used for both masculine and feminine singular possessions: notre maison (our house). which means your (plural or polite) and leur. and blue. and leur ami (their friend ). white. You’ll hear the English first.

WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. Their teacher is intelligent. which you should repeat for practice. What are your favorite paintings? Paintings are expensive. After a pause. Son sourire est mystérieux. Ma mère est heureuse. My friends are nice. Great. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. Your children are big. you’ll hear a phrase in French. Now do the opposite.My colleagues are athletic. Her tennis racket is expensive. Ses cheveux sont noirs. His/Her children are small.com . C’est la Joconde. Ton père est riche. Ma maison est grande. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. you’ll hear the right answer. First. Sa peau est très blanche. Your father is rich.LivingLanguage. Elle est belle. Tes enfants sont grands. His/Her flag is blue. and you should translate it into English. Quels sont tes tableaux préférés? Les peintures sont chères. My house is big. Sa raquette de tennis est chère. blanc et rouge. She is beautiful. Mes collègues sont sportifs. Her hair is black. Leur professeur est intelligent. and red. white. Her smile is mysterious. Her skin is very white. It’s the Mona Lisa. or Vos enfants sont grands. Ses enfants sont petits. Mes amis sont gentils. My mother is happy. 19 www. translating the phrase from English into French. I’m admiring an old painting. J’admire un vieux tableau. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. Son drapeau est bleu.

difficile (difficult). froid/froide (cold ). you’ll learn how to ask for directions. which means you’ll learn a lot of useful vocabulary related to questions and getting around town. haut/haute (high). Leçon Six: En ville Lesson 6: Around town In this lesson. enjoyable). in both their masculine and feminine forms: chaud/chaude (hot). pauvre (poor). agréable (pleasant. fort/forte (strong).The wine is good. laid/laide (ugly). Let’s get started with some basic question words. Le vin est bon.com . please? Where is Sacré Cœur? Which? Which is the subway station for the Arc de Triomphe? Which is the bus stop for the Louvre museum? How? How does one get to the post office? Who? Où? Où est la Tour Eiffel. doux/douce (sweet or soft). long/longue (long). A few others have the same forms for both genders: facile (easy). Your photo is small. délicieux/délicieuse (delicious). court/courte (short). and calme (quiet). bas/ basse (low). propre (clean). You’ve learned the basic vocabulary and grammar you need to describe things. s’il vous plaît? Où se trouve le Sacré-Cœur ? Quel? Quelle est la station de métro pour l’Arc de Triomphe? Quel est l’arrêt de bus pour le musée du Louvre? Comment? Comment va-t. sale (dirty). Ta photo est petite. Ready? On y va! Let’s go! VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 Where? Where is the Eiffel Tower.LivingLanguage. PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson.on à la poste? Qui? 20 www. jeune (young). malade (sick). triste (sad ). Here are some other descriptive terms you can use.

You can ask are you from Paris? in three different ways. .ce que . 21 www.ce que c’est l’île de la Cité? Non. it’s farther. Est. Let’s see some more examples. let’s go over asking yes-no questions.ce que c’est la direction de Beaubourg? Oui. . ? (where are). allez tout droit. comment (how). . Is the train station close to here? No. je suis de Paris. as in où est .ce que .ce que vous êtes de Paris? And finally. Est. Is this the Île de la Cité? No. . Est. you have to cross the bridge. say: oui. Turn right. The question word quel (which) is like the adjectives that you’ve learned. by using the verb être. put ne and pas around the verb: non. you can switch the order of the subject and verb: Êtes-vous de Paris? Second. it’s not far. and qu’est. . . .com . but this difference doesn’t come up in the pronunciation. . A useful question to know is qu’est. it actually agrees with the noun it’s asking about. je ne suis pas de Paris. ce n’est pas loin. To ask what. First. ? Qu’est-ce que vous voulez faire? TAKE A BREAK 1 Okay.ce que (what).Who is the guide? What? What do you want to do? Qui est le guide? Qu’est.ce que la gare est près d’ici? Non. il faut traverser le pont. . quel (which).ce que c’est? (what is this? ). Notice that you can ask where things are in two ways. you can simply use question intonation: Vous êtes de Paris? To answer yes. you can begin the question with est-ce que . go straight ahead. or you can say où se trouve? which asks specifically where something is located. Est. Finally. C’est tout près. Tournez à droite. ? (where is) or où sont .ce que la poste est loin d’ici? Non. start a sentence with qu’est. qui (who). since we’re talking about questions. : Est. It’s very close. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 Is the post office far from here? No. We’ll use the sentence vous êtes de Paris (you’re from Paris) as a starting point. c’est plus loin. Tournez à gauche. To answer no.LivingLanguage. Is this the way to Beaubourg? Yes. . you’ve just learned a few useful question words: où (where). Turn left.

Is the Place de la Concorde far? Yes. Pardon. and then you should repeat for practice. Quelle est la station de métro pour l’Arc de Triomphe? C’est la station Charles-de-Gaulle. and gauche is left. Où est la gare? La gare est tout droit.TAKE A BREAK 2 You’ve just heard examples of questions and answers. and le musée is the museum. la poste is the post office. 22 www. which means you have to. Droite is right. . Est. je suis perdu(e). let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. . and you probably recognized that tournez means turn. madame. and then the French. Excuse me. Where is the train station? The train station is straight ahead. and you’ve also learned some more vocabulary. Allez tout droit means go straight ahead. Tout près is very close. Et c’est après l’avenue Montaigne. sir.ce que la place de la Concorde est loin? Oui. Où se trouve le théâtre des Champs-Elysées? C’est la troisième rue à droite. ONE MORE TIME . l’arrêt de bus is the bus stop. and là is there. You also heard the very useful expression il faut. quelle est la direction pour la cathédrale Notre-Dame? C’est la première rue après le pont. Where’s the Champs-Elysées theater? It’s the third street on the right. Pardon me. I’m lost. Ici is here. Which is the bus stop for the Eiffel Tower? It is the Champ de Mars stop. Okay. You’ll hear the English first. or it’s necessary to. you need to cross the Seine. And it’s after the avenue Montaigne. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. and près is close.LivingLanguage. Earlier you learned some vocabulary for getting around town: la station de métro is the metro station. Which is the subway station for the Arc de Triomphe? It is the Charles de Gaulle station. Pardon. which way is Notre Dame Cathedral? It’s the first street after the bridge. Now you’ve just learned la gare (the train station) and le pont (the bridge). Quel est l’arrêt de bus pour la Tour Eiffel? C’est l’arrêt du Champ de Mars. and plus loin is farther. as in: il faut traverser le pont (you have to cross the bridge). Now you know that loin is far. il faut traverser la Seine. ma’am. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. monsieur.com .

You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. Perdu means lost.com . Merci. Où est la gare Montparnasse? Je suis perdu. Est.LivingLanguage. but there were a few new words.ce que c’est près d’ici? 23 www. You also heard some polite expressions that are useful when asking directions. and you should translate it into English. La poste est loin. Is this the Opéra metro station? It’s straight ahead. you’ll hear the right answer. le café (the café). Which is the subway station for Sacré Cœur? It’s Montmartre. Après means after. and its opposite is avant (before). The post office is far. Est. After a pause. It’s the first street on the right. You should also know la première rue (the first street) and la deuxième rue (the second street). The museum is very close. it’s very near. Thank you. The third street is la troisième rue. Great. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. You already knew a lot of that vocabulary. Est. too.ce que c’est la station de métro de l’Opéra? C’est tout droit. Is it close to here? Le musée est tout près.Is the Café de la Gare far from here? No. You also heard le théâtre (the theater). l’avenue (the avenue). De rien.ce que le café de la Gare est loin d’ici? Non. Where is the gare Montparnasse? I’m lost. C’est la première rue à droite. and de rien is you’re welcome or it’s nothing. as in je suis perdu. Which direction is the bus stop? You need to cross the bridge. Now do the opposite. Quelle est la direction de l’arrêt de bus? Il faut traverser le pont. I’m lost. la rue (the street). which you should repeat for practice. c’est tout près. translating the phrase from English into French. Quelle est la station de métro pour le Sacré-Cœur? C’est Montmartre. Pardon means pardon. You’re welcome. you’ll hear a phrase in French. First. merci is of course thank you.

cette carte or ce menu La carte des vins. The appetizer. you’ll learn to name and order your favorite foods and dishes at a restaurant.com . I’d like some soup. une école (a school ). bon appétit! Ready for some vocabulary? VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 this restaurant this table a fork. . un boulevard (a boulevard ). ce restaurant cette table une fourchette. and since it’s important to be polite when asking to be passed the salt. this menu The wine list. a dish This dish is delicious. and a spoon the plate and the napkin the menu. Leçon Sept: Au restaurant Lesson 7: At the restaurant In this lesson. you’ll learn how to form polite requests. please. . Je voudrais . Some other useful vocabulary to know is: un magasin (a store). . un restaurant (a restaurant). un plat Ce plat est délicieux. une pâtisserie (a pastry shop) and une pharmacie (a pharmacy).LivingLanguage. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to ask for directions around une ville (a city). Le hors-d’œuvre. 24 www. un cinéma (a movie theater). Je voudrais de la soupe. un couteau et une cuillère l’assiette et la serviette la carte or le menu. s’il vous plaît. un supermarché (a supermarket). a knife. You may of course want to extend your vocabulary a bit. . You’ll also learn how to indicate what you’d like with the equivalents of this and that. une boulangerie (a bakery). I’d like . So. un hôpital (a hospital ).PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson.

And you also learned how to say this. s’il vous plaît. s’il vous plaît. so la table (the table) becomes cette table (this table). you say des. You’ve learned a lot of useful vocabulary for food and other items associated with a restaurant or with eating. s’il vous plaît. s’il vous plaît. You can say. With masculine nouns beginning with silent h or a vowel. please. du vin (some wine). Give me the menu. de la salade (some salade). This is ce for masculine nouns. des vins (some wines).com . beef. so we can add its opposite sans (without). Du thé sans lait (some tea without milk). spelled c-e-t: cet œuf (this egg). let’s stop there. Again. This is cette for feminine nouns. or pork? some cheese and a dessert some coffee and some tea With some sugar and some milk? Je voudrais une boisson. The same constructions can be used to mean some: du pain (some bread ). In the plural. Vous avez choisi? Pour commencer? Apportez-moi du pain. Donnez-moi le menu. you use du instead: le goût du plat (the taste of the dish). for example. you learned avec (with). Donnez-moi ces hors-d’œuvre. its ces: ces fromages (these cheeses). so le restaurant (the restaurant) becomes ce restaurant (this restaurant). du thé (some tea). please. le bœuf ou le porc? du fromage et un dessert du café et du thé Avec du sucre et du lait? TAKE A BREAK 1 Okay. which literally means the list or card of the wines. or the taste of the soup. Have you chosen? To start? Bring me some bread.I’d like a drink. You also heard the very common preposition de (of ) used in a few different ways. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 I’d like a table for two. some bread and some butter the salt and the pepper the meat and the fish Chicken. 25 www. de la viande (some meat). du lait (some milk). gender is important. please. Je voudrais une table pour deux. Finally. Du café avec du sucre (some coffee with some sugar). Give me these appetizers. as in la carte des vins (the wine list). Je voudrais une salade. please. des légumes (some vegetables). I’d like a salad. ce becomes cet. And when de is followed by les. le goût de la soupe. and so on. du pain et du beurre le sel et le poivre la viande et le poisson Le poulet. If de is followed by le.LivingLanguage.

please. Bring me the check. Other ways to ask for things are to say apportez-moi (bring me) or donnez-moi (give me). bring me the menu.Bring me this drink. Notice that these command forms end in -ez. s’il vous plaît. Apportez-moi cette boisson. s’il vous plaît. s’il vous plaît. spelled e-z. ONE MORE TIME .com . BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. Mademoiselle. s’il vous plaît Et pour le dessert? Montrez-moi ces pâtisseries. Bring me the menu. Donnez-moi un café-crème. please. Bring me the check. les pâtisseries et les fruits. With some sugar and some milk. I’d like to reserve a table. which of course is often used with s’il vous plaît (please). s’il vous plaît. You’ve already heard the polite request je voudrais (I’d like). Give me a coffee. What are the specialties of the day? What are crudités? Raw vegetables. s’il vous plaît. Quelles sont les spécialités du jour? Les crudités. please. pastries. You could also simply say je veux (I want). . And for dessert? Show me these pastries. Give me a coffee with cream. please. s’il vous plaît. 26 www. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. Miss. And for dessert. please.LivingLanguage. qu’est-ce que c’est? Des légumes crus. monsieur? Montrez-moi les fromages. Apportez-moi le poisson. please. please. Okay. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. please. Donnez-moi un café. TAKE A BREAK 2 Let’s pause there for a moment. apportez-moi la carte. surtout des radis. Another example of this was montrez-moi (show me). Bring me the fish. please. s’il vous plaît. Je voudrais réserver une table. . s’il vous plaît. Et pour le dessert. Apportez-moi le menu. please. mostly radishes. s’il vous plaît. please. s’il vous plaît. sir? Show me the cheeses. Apportez-moi l’addition. Apportez-moi l’addition. Avec du sucre et du lait. and fruit.

Give me a drink. Bring me a quiche lorraine. Donnez-moi un menu. s’il vous plaît. s’il vous plaît. Bring me some bread and some butter. Apportez-moi ce canard à l’orange. I would like some tea with some milk. madam. Give me a menu. you’ll hear the right answer. translating the phrase from English into French. Je voudrais réserver une table pour quatre personnes. Je voudrais cette soupe à l’oignon. You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. please.com . Donnez-moi le menu. Et pour commencer. Bring me this duck à l’orange.LivingLanguage. Give me the check. Give me the check. The check. First. monsieur? Apportez-moi cette soupe à l’oignon. you’ll hear a phrase in French. I’d like to reserve a table for four people. too. I’d like this onion soup. some appetizers? Give me some homemade pâté. des hors-d’œuvre? Donnez-moi du pâté maison. I’d like a table. Now do the opposite. And what will you have to start with. s’il vous plaît. please. L’addition. And a bottle of red wine. 27 www. s’il vous plaît. Great. s’il vous plaît. please. Et une bouteille de vin rouge aussi.To start. please. Je voudrais une table. Je voudrais du thé avec du lait. and you should translate it into English. Donnez-moi l’addition. Give me the menu. Donnez-moi une boisson. Apportez-moi du pain et du beurre. Apportez-moi une quiche lorraine. sir? Bring me this onion soup. Et pour le dessert? Des crêpes suzette. please. which you should repeat for practice. please. And for dessert? Some crêpes suzette. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. Pour commencer. s’il vous plaît. Donnez-moi l’addition. madame. After a pause.

order un café. Je prends mon petit déjeuner. la côte de porc (pork chop). You may of course want to extend your vocabulary a bit. or plats. and to use demonstratives to point out certain choices. des légumes (some vegetables) like les haricots verts (green beans) and les pommes de terre (potatoes).crème. Some other dishes. white and rosé wines are: vin rouge. I have lunch. Red. I go to school. if you just order un café. I go to the office. Je vais au bureau. I work a lot.PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson. First. or crème caramel (a creamy dessert made with caramel ). Here are some other well-known hors-d’œuvres: sardines sauce tomate (sardines in tomato sauce) and melon (melon). mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse). Je déjeune. la bisque de homard (lobster bisque). If you want cream in your coffee. and vin rosé. la truite au bleu (trout cooked in wine). Je vais à l’école. VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 I get up.LivingLanguage. I wash up. le rôti de bœuf (roast beef ). you might want to try pêche melba (peaches with ice cream). salade de fruits (fruit salad ). let’s get started with typical activities of your daily routine. Je rentre à la maison. vin blanc. la sole Mornay (sole in wine and cheese). Je m’habille. are consommé au vermicelle (noodle soup). And remember. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to order from a menu at a restaurant. Je prends mon dîner. Je me lève. For dessert. I get dressed. you’ll get a black coffee. le carré d’agneau rôti (roast rack of lamb). I go home. you’ll learn some common verbs so you can talk about everyday life. Bon appétit! Leçon Huit: La vie quotidienne Lesson 8: Everyday life In this lesson. Side dishes include le riz (rice). Je me lave.com . 28 www. Je travaille beaucoup. I have my breakfast. I have dinner.

and je me couche means I put myself in bed. Ready? Je parle (I speak). which is just like the to form in English. pronounced -ons. familiar). she. But they’re all pronounced the same: je travaille (I work).LivingLanguage. And for vous. And that is how to conjugate a verb in French. vous travaillez (you work). il or elle (he or she) and ils or elles (they) forms. use te: tu te lèves (you get up). je m’habille (I get dressed ). the pronoun is se. je me lave means I wash myself.com . nous parlons (we speak). elle s’habille means she gets dressed. but you’ll learn enough of the basics so that you can get started using them. il travaille (he works). which is completely silent.o-n-s. These are. to watch. Je me couche. and they’re also usually difficult to master. called reflexive verbs. parler (to speak). which is pronounced -ez. I read a book.I watch television. in this case. and je rentre (I go home. ils travaillent (they work). and they. and so on. vous parlez (you speak). I go to bed. ils travaillent (they work). elles parlent (they speak). elle travaille (she works). tu parles (you speak). just like the je form. travailler is to work. Je regarde la télé. TAKE A BREAK 1 Verbs are an important part of any language. il rentre (he goes home). so il se couche means he goes to bed. You have noticed that some of the verbs in the examples you heard above have a little me before them: je me lève (I get up). elle travaille (she works). The basic form of a verb is its infinitive. The missing forms are the nous (we) and vous (you polite or plural) forms. With tu. Verbs in French are conjugated. All that means is that they’re conjugated with an extra pronoun. add . and French has a lot of them. elle parle (she speaks). so se laver means to wash oneself. elles travaillent (they work). the tu form ends in -es. pronounced -er. In the infinitive. add -e-z. rentrer is to go home. which can be thought of as meaning myself. il parle (he speaks). So for example. They’re spelled differently. To conjugate these verbs in the je form.) Try that now with regarder. and so on. me. just like the to infinitive form. but the most common is -er. which means that they change forms slightly depending on the subject. déjeuner is to have lunch. 29 www. let’s do the whole thing with another common verb. Can you think of the je form? It’s je regarde (I watch. ils parlent (they speak). French infinitives have a few different endings. and je me couche (I go to bed ). you automatically know the tu (you. Now. For nous. je déjeune (I have lunch). In spelling. je me lève means something like I lift myself out of bed. and the ils and elles plural forms end in -ent. Je lis un livre. je m’habille means I dress myself. tu travailles (you work). So: nous travaillons (we work). in technical terms. That pronoun is also used with he.) If you know the je form of an -er ending verb like these. but they’re all pronounced just like the je forms: tu regardes (you watch). and which gives you je travaille (I work). We’re not going to go into a lot of detail about French verbs in this program. which is silent. the -er ending is replaced by just -e. je me lave (I wash up). the il and elle singular forms end in -e. So.

Nous nous amusons. elle va.LivingLanguage. Pierre et Louis vont au stade de foot. Finally. He does the shopping. I take a vacation. and elles vont. Aller (to go) is also irregular. TAKE A BREAK 2 Let’s pause. the singular il/elle fait does not sound like the plural ils/elles font. You do the cooking. vous vous habillez (you get dressed ). You go to the movies. They go to the theatre. nous prenons. vous allez. Tu fais la cuisine. like finir (to finish). These three verbs are good irregular verbs to know.Nous and vous are easy.com . You’ve heard two important irregular verbs in that list: faire (to do) and aller (to go). tu prends. either. il fait. say je prends le train (I take the train) or elles prennent le train (they take the train). nous allons. vous faites. vous prenez. doesn’t sound like the infinitive. Il fait les courses. ils font. The full conjugation of faire is: je fais. vous faites. and elles font. there are some verbs that end in -ir. Vous allez au cinéma. and plenty of irregulars. but in this program we’re just going to cover enough of the basics to get you started. We have fun. since they come up very often in French. The vous form. which you’ve already learned. She consults the doctor. instead of saying nous prenons le train (we take the train). Elle consulte le médecin. Also. Nous prenons le train. just use the same pronoun twice: nous nous lavons (we wash ourselves). Pierre and Louis go to the soccer stadium. il va. and elles prennent. For example. il prend. nous faisons. some that end in -re like prendre (to take). Ils vont au théâtre. elle prend. elle fait. You also heard prendre (to take). Je prends des vacances. ils prennent. tu fais. even though most French verbs end in -er in the infinitive form and are conjugated like parler (to speak) or travailler (to work). You could spend a lot of time on French verbs. faire. Je fais le ménage. Its forms are je vais. 30 www. tu vas. like être (to be) and avoir (to have). ils vont. Notice that in this case. We take the train. whose forms are je prends. go back over the examples you heard above and change the subjects. Practice them by listening to their forms and repeating until you’re comfortable. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 I do the house cleaning.

After work they go home. 31 www. Rémy visits the museum. Paul goes to bed.LivingLanguage. Michel and Julie go shopping. Over the weekend.com . Après le travail. ils restent à la maison. Michel et Julie se lèvent. they stay at home. Ils vont au bureau. They go to the supermarket. Now. Paul se couche. Odile buys clothes at the store. Il vont au supermarché. She has her dinner. Robert gets up. Rémy visite le musée. and then they wash up. Then they watch television together. Elle prend son dîner. Puis il regardent la télé ensemble. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. You go to school. They take a taxi.ONE MORE TIME . ils rentrent à la maison. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. Michel et Julie font les courses. Julie fait la cuisine et Michel fait le ménage. Robert se lève. Odile achète des vêtements au magasin. Michel and Julie get up. Je rentre à la maison. . I go back home. . and Julie takes the metro. Henri s’amuse à la récréation. et puis ils se lavent. Sometimes they go to the movies. Michel prend le bus. et Julie prend le métro. Marlène does her homework. let’s bring it together in a short comprehension practice. Michel takes the bus. Ils prennent un taxi. Tu vas à l’école. Julie does the cooking and Michel does the house cleaning. Nous regardons la télé. They go to the office. We watch TV. Marlène fait ses devoirs. Henri has fun at recess. Le week-end. Parfois ils vont au cinéma.

le magasin (store). Nous faisons le ménage. Marianne va au bureau. Les enfants se couchent. you’ll hear the right answer. Marianne goes to the office. Elle achête des vêtements. Now do the opposite. too. you’ll hear a phrase in French. Mr. 32 www. The expression faire la queue means to wait in line. Tu fais la queue à la poste. Great. Tu achètes des timbres à la poste. Other words that will come in handy in everyday life are: la récréation (recess). You wait on line at the post office. Leon gets up. You wait in line.com . She buys clothes. Leroux washes up. We do the house cleaning. Germaine consulte le médecin. The verb acheter means to buy. les vêtements (clothes). translating the phrase from English into French. Je vais au bureau. I go to the office. Jacques and David have fun at the soccer stadium. penser (to think). PARTING WORDS Félicitations! Congratulations! You’ve finished the lesson. Okay. and you should translate it into English. manger (to eat). Etienne takes the metro. Jacques et David s’amusent au stade de foot. First. After a pause. and the reflexive s’amuser means to have fun. The children go to bed. but there were a few new words.LivingLanguage. You’ve also learned a lot about using verbs in French. Some other regular -er verbs that may come in handy are: étudier (to study). M. visiter means to visit (a place). You’ll hear the correct answer after a pause. Léon se lève. Etienne prend le métro. and les timbres (stamps). you already knew a lot of that vocabulary. les devoirs (homework). Tu fais la queue. Leroux se lave.You buy stamps at the post office. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to describe a few aspects of your everyday life. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. Germaine consults the doctor. which you should repeat for practice.

décider (to decide). fermer (to close). jouer (to play). just use ne and pas around the verb: je ne chante pas (I don’t sing). A cook cooks dishes. chanter (to sing). The teacher teaches a lesson. arriver (to arrive). Un cuisinier prépare des plats. La gérante organise une réunion. demander (to ask). Le professeur enseigne une leçon. porter (to carry. donner (to give). we’ll cover some more grammar related to verbs. célébrer (to celebrate). go right ahead! Leçon Neuf: Au travail Lesson 9: At work In this lesson. habiter (to live). Une avocate parle avec un client. The singer sings songs. 33 www. entrer (to enter. They all follow the same pattern as the regular -er verbs you’ve learned in this lesson. Ready? VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 The doctor practices medicine. ils ne voyagent pas beaucoup (they don’t travel a lot). commencer (to begin). montrer (to show). trouver (to find ). L’artiste peint des tableaux. Finally. détester (to hate). you’ll learn vocabulary related to your work life. Le médecin pratique la médecine. and we’ll go over negation with ne pas again. The artist paints paintings. Next we’ll talk about the days of the week and how to tell time. First we’ll cover the names of some professions. inviter (to invite). along with verbs. téléphoner (to phone). nous n’habitons pas ici (we don’t live here). to come in). aimer (to love.payer (to pay). A lawyer is speaking with a client. If you want to review this lesson to really master the basics of French verbs.com . The manager organizes a meeting. présenter (to introduce). The writer writes books. to like). La chanteuse chante des chansons. L’ écrivain écrit des livres. to wear). voyager (to travel ). s’appeler (to be called ).LivingLanguage. chercher (to look for). L’acteur joue des rôles. The soccer player plays matches. and terminer (to finish). écouter (to listen to). The actor plays roles. Le footballeur joue des matches. Don’t forget that to say that you don’t do something.

A few professions don’t change at all: le médecin can be a male or female doctor. il est neuf heures moins le quart (it’s quarter to nine). vendredi samedi. as in un artiste/une artiste (an artist). and the phrase moins le quart means quarter to. . It is a quarter after four. It’s important to note that most people in France use the twenty-four hour clock. il est dix-huit heures (it’s 6:00 in the evening). It’s midnight. un acteur/une actrice (actor/actress). il est onze heures et quart (it’s 11:15). It is a quarter to seven. il est huit heures et demie (it’s 8:30). Il est quatre heures et quart. so you’ll hear il est quinze heures (it’s 3:00 in the afternoon). Friday Saturday. lundi.com . 34 www. Sunday What time is it? It’s 1:00. followed by a number. le cuisinier/la cuisinière (the cook). Il est midi. Sometimes an -e is added to the masculine to form the feminine. Sometimes just the article changes. the phrase et quart means quarter past. Il est deux heures et demie. Tuesday. mardi. . followed by heures. So. mercredi jeudi. So. Il est minuit. dimanche Quelle heure est-il? Il est une heure. Wednesday Thursday. as in le professeur/la professeure (the teacher). TAKE A BREAK 2 Notice that to answer the question quelle heure est-il (what time is it? ) you just say il est. il est cinq heures means it’s 5:00. The phrase et demie means half past. It’s noon. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. le gérant/la gérante (the manager) or un avocat/une avocate (a lawyer). and un écrivain can be a male or female writer. It’s 2:30. Okay. Monday. ONE MORE TIME . and so on. VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 Now let’s look at the days of the week and time of day. There are also a few common patterns of changes to word endings: le chanteur/la chanteuse (the singer). Il est sept heures moins le quart.LivingLanguage.TAKE A BREAK 1 You probably noticed that the names of professions have different forms for different genders.

L’avocate ne chante pas. Elle arrive au bureau à neuf heures du matin. Aujourd’hui c’est lundi et la gérante va au travail. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. Le chanteur chante samedi à dix heures. First. Le vendeur n’arrive jamais avant neuf heures. and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. The director always works on the weekend. Elle parle avec ses collègues. just say that day. She drinks some coffee and reads her e-mail. Elle arrive à la gare à huit heures dix. She gets to the train station at 8:10. La directrice travaille toujours le week-end. translate from French into English. The actress performs Sunday at eight o’clock. use the preposition à: J’arrive à huit heures et demie (I get there at 8:30). The teacher teaches on Mondays. They have lunch together at 1:00 in the afternoon. use le: Vous allez à l’école le lundi et le mercredi (you go to school Mondays and Wednesdays). Finally. She speaks with her colleagues.com . Elle prend le train à huit heures et quart. that means never: elle n’étudie jamais (she never studies). Le professeur enseigne le lundi. If you use jamais instead of pas. You just heard a few examples of times and days being used in sentences. The singer sings Saturday at ten o’clock. 35 www. and the manager goes to work. To say that something happens at a particular time. Elle boit du café et lit ses e-mails.It’s Monday today. She gets to the office at 9:00. Ils vont à une réunion à dix heures trente.LivingLanguage. She takes the train at 8:15. WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. as in: nous arrivons lundi (we’re arriving on Monday). The lawyer doesn’t sing. To say that something happens in general. Ils déjeunent ensemble à treize heures. The salesman never arrives before 9:00. The opposite is toujours: elle étudie toujours (she always studies). don’t forget that you can negate a verb by putting ne and pas around it: je ne voyage pas (I don’t travel ) or elle n’étudie pas (she doesn’t study). L’actrice joue dimanche à huit heures. To say that something happens on a particular day. They go to a meeting at 10:30.

L’écrivain ne prend pas le bus. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to discuss professions. and il fait du vent en automne (it’s windy in fall ). octobre. juin. They’re easy to understand: janvier. Le chanteur chante le samedi à huit heures. so you’ll learn a lot of vocabulary for entertainment activities and sports. en automne (in the fall ). When you’re making plans with friends. The doctor doesn’t sing. Commençons! Let’s begin! 36 www. Le/La professeur(e) n’arrive jamais à dix heures. or les jours de la semaine. The cook prepares dinner at nine. so we’ll cover that as well. say en. The teacher never arrives at 10:00.com . It’s not midnight. novembre. Leçon Dix: La vie sociale Lesson 10: Socializing In this lesson we’ll talk about all the things that you like to do for fun. The writer doesn’t take the bus. il fait chaud en été (it’s hot in summer). décembre. you might want to know les mois de l’année (the months of the year). to give the time of day.Il est deux heures et demie. Il est onze heures moins le quart. To say that something is in a particular month. translating the phrase from English into French. en été (in the summer). PARTING WORDS Félicitations! You’ve finished the lesson. as in mon anniversaire est en novembre (my birthday is in November. The director always works. Great. mars. So you could say: il fait froid en hiver (it’s cold in winter). it’s important to say whether you like or dislike something. It’s noon. Il n’est pas minuit.LivingLanguage. The singer sings Saturdays at eight o’clock. février. It is a quarter to eleven. La cuisinière prépare le dîner à neuf heures. Il est midi. il pleut au printemps (it rains in the spring). Now that you’ve learned the days of the week. août. Le médecin ne chante pas. too: au printemps (in the spring). en hiver (in the winter). juillet. septembre. and to use the days of the week. Now do the opposite.) Seasons might come in handy. avril. It’s 2:30. mai. La directrice travaille toujours.

so on va à une soirée means the same thing as nous allons à une soirée. and je n’aime pas means I don’t like. TAKE A BREAK 1 There are a few things worth mentioning. Allons au cinéma. tu finis/tu choisis/il ou elle finit/il ou elle choisit. Qui choisit le film? J’ai des places de théâtre. Le film commence à vingt-deux heures et finit à minuit. We’re going to a party tonight. You also heard two examples of verbs that end in -ir in the infinitive: finir (to finish) and choisir (to choose). and the il and elle form ends in -it. but -i-s-s is inserted first. I like soccer. Let’s go dancing! I love this club! Let’s go out in town! We’re having dinner at a friend’s house. Allons danser! J’adore cette boîte! Sortons en ville! Nous dînons chez un ami. I don’t like horseback riding. 37 www.VOCABULARY BUILDING 1 Let’s go to the movies. In spelling. J’aime le football. Notice that French uses le and la in places where English doesn’t use the: j’aime la natation (I like swimming). You also heard quite a few ways of expressing what you like or dislike. The conjugation of -ir verbs is a bit different from -er verbs. J’aime simply means I like. the je and tu forms end in -is. you’ll often hear on used in place of nous. Do you like swimming? I prefer tennis. so allons means let’s go and sortons means let’s go out. You can ask what someone else likes with aimes-tu? or est-ce que tu aimes? Of course. and je préfère means I prefer. The film starts at 10:00 and finishes at midnight.LivingLanguage. vous finissez/vous choisissez. that’s -ons. So you have: nous finissons/nous choisissons. you can say j’adore. You can make a suggestion with the -ons form of a verb. Also note that in conversational French. In the plural. Who’ll choose the film? I have theatre tickets. The singular forms sound the same: je finis/je choisis. you can be more polite by asking aimez-vous or est-ce que vous aimez? If you really love something. these verbs take the same endings as -er verbs.com . Aimes-tu la natation? Je préfère le tennis. and ils ou elles finissent/ils ou elles choisissent. and a silent -e-n-t. Je n’aime pas l’équitation. On va à une soirée ce soir. -ez.

Elle aime jouer au tennis. I want to go to the movies. Camille is athletic. .VOCABULARY BUILDING 2 I want . je veux aller au cinéma (I want to go to the movies). Voici Camille. you can say: j’aime aller au cinéma (I like to go to the movies). The conjugation of vouloir is je veux. Both of these verbs can be used with another verb in the infinitive. just like vouloir and pouvoir. il peut. let’s put everything you’ve learned so far together in a short comprehension exercise. j’adore aller au cinéma (I love to go to the movies). il veut. . to be able). Je peux faire de la natation. I don’t want to play tennis. . The conjugation of pouvoir is je peux. Je ne veux pas jouer au tennis. . Here’s Camille. chez Marc is at Marc’s house. 38 www.LivingLanguage. vous voulez. tu veux. elle peut. Camille est sportive.com . ONE MORE TIME . . She doesn’t like the movies. tu peux. Nous voulons aller au parc. notice that chez is used to mean at someone’s house or place. He wants to go to a friend’s house. You can choose the restaurant. We can go horseback riding. Nous pouvons faire de l’équitation. and préférer with other infinitives. nous pouvons. I can go swimming. ils peuvent. She likes to play tennis. but a lot of the forms are pronounced in the same way. ils veulent. Les filles veulent jouer au foot. These verbs are irregular. . and chez moi is at my place. Il veut aller chez une amie. Notice that you can also use the verbs aimer. and elles veulent. so chez mes amis means at my friends’ house. Elle n’aime pas le cinéma. The girls want to play soccer. and je peux aller au cinéma (I can go to the movies). elle veut. adorer. Je veux aller au cinéma. vous pouvez. Okay. We want to go to the park. Veux-tu aller à une soirée avec moi? J’aime sortir en boîte. nous voulons. so je veux rester means I want to stay and je peux rester means I can stay. So. Do you want to go to a party with me? I like to go out to clubs. Je veux . TAKE A BREAK 2 You’ve just heard some examples of the verbs vouloir (to want) and pouvoir (can. elles peuvent. je préfère aller au cinéma (I prefer to go to the movies). Tu peux choisir le restaurant. Finally.

The forms are: je viens. avec lui (with him). All my friends are coming. elles viennent.LivingLanguage. il vient. Allons-y! TAKE A BREAK 2 You heard one more common verb in that list. for example. I’m Léon. I like movies and museums. Hi. je veux venir avec toi (I want to come with you). J’aime aussi le cinéma et les musées. Jean va en ville tous les samedis. They love to go out to clubs. je suis Léon.Jean prefers going to the theatre. Jean préfère aller au théâtre. avec elle (with her). you’ll hear a phrase in French. to come. I like museums! Do you want to come with me? Okay. tu viens. Perfect. Parfait. BRING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let’s bring it all together. I am athletic. Ils adorent sortir en boîte. 39 www. Je suis sportif. elle vient. I’ll come with you. je viens avec toi. Afterwards. masculine). and you should translate it into English. Let’s go! Salut. I prefer the theater. avec eux (with them. Et toi? Non. je ne veux pas aller à la soirée avec eux! (No. Notice that you use the pronoun toi after avec. You can say. there’s a party at my friend’s house. Après. j’aime les musées! Veux-tu venir avec moi? D’accord. too. First. or avec elles (with them.com . Me too. And you? No. You could also say avec moi (with me). and add a little bit more vocabulary and structure. avec vous (with you). il y a une fête chez mon amie. ils viennent. Tous mes amis viennent. avec nous (with us). I don’t want to go to the party with them!) WORK OUT Now let’s practice some of what you’ve learned. Jean va chez un ami. Moi aussi. nous venons. Jean goes to town every Saturday. These are good phrases to know when you’re making plans: Tu veux venir au cinéma avec nous ce soir? (Do you want to come to the movies with us tonight? ) Tu veux aller au restaurant avec moi demain soir? (Do you want to go to the restaurant with me tomorrow night? ) Non. Jean goes to a friend’s house. vous venez. That’s the verb venir. moi je préfère le théâtre. feminine).

you’ll do some role-play by taking part in the same conversation. Finally. PARTING WORDS Très bien! Tu as terminé la leçon. Je vais chez mes amis. l’alpinisme (climbing). So. A votre santé! (To your health!) CONVERSATIONS Bienvenue! Welcome! Here’s your chance to practice all the vocabulary and grammar you’ve mastered in ten lessons of Starting Out in French with these five everyday dialogues. l’haltérophilie (weight lifting).LivingLanguage. or maybe even prendre un verre avec des amis (having a drink with friends).Hervé n’aime pas l’équitation. Do you want to come to my friend’s house? Nathalie chooses a good French film. or vice versa. Tu veux sortir en boîte avec moi? Je joue au football et au tennis. la danse (dancing). le patin à glace (ice skating). Jacques aime les sports. You’ve learned the basic vocabulary you need to talk about some recreational activities. Very good! You’ve finished the lesson. Veux-tu venir chez mon ami? Nathalie choisit un bon film français. first in French and then in English. la course à pied (running). Stéphane joue au tennis. Stéphane ne joue pas au tennis. then you’ll respond appropriately in the pause provided. Jacques n’aime pas les sports. Je ne suis pas sportif. J’aime les magasins. Je suis sportif. les jeux électroniques (electronic games). You’ll first hear the native speaker say a line from the dialogue. if you hear Jacques aime le théâtre. la voile (sailing). la cuisine (cooking). Can you get the gist of the conversation? Next.com . Je n’aime pas les magasins. Let’s go! Now change the following likes to dislikes. Listen carefully for meaning. This should help fill in any gaps in understanding you had the first time. you’d say Jacques n’aime pas le théâtre. you’ll hear each sentence individually. You may want to extend your vocabulary with some more popular activities: le ski (skiing). Allons-y! Hervé doesn’t like horseback riding. Have fun! 40 www. Je ne vais pas chez mes amis. la moto (motorcycling). Do you want to go out to a club with me? I play soccer and tennis. You’ll hear the dialogue first in French at a conversational pace.

Je suis fille unique. Jean-Louis? Moi. She lives with us. ça fait huit personnes en tout. Que fait ton père? What does your father do? Il est musicien. Yes. Avec moi. There are seven people in my family.LivingLanguage. how many people are there? Il y a quatre personnes: papa. Combien de frères as-tu? How many brothers do you have? J’ai deux frères. And your father? Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: Jean-Louis: Corinne: 41 www. Et dans ta famille. Me. that is a big family. Mais qui est la quatrième personne? But who’s the fourth person? C’est ma grand-mère. There are four people: Dad. that’s a total of eight people. really. Mom. I have three sisters. Et ton père? He’s a musician. Jean-Louis? I have a small family. Oui.com . With Mom and Dad. Et combien de sœurs? And how many sisters? J’ai trois sœurs. j’ai une grande famille. Je n’ai pas de frères ou de sœurs. I don’t have any brothers or sisters. I have two brothers. maman et moi. That’s my grandmother. How about you.DIALOGUE 1: TALKING ABOUT THE FAMILY Corinne: J’ai une petite famille. Elle habite chez nous. Avec maman et papa. I have a big family. ça fait six enfants. that makes six children. Vous êtes combien? How many are you? Il y a sept personnes dans ma famille. Et toi. en effet c’est une grande famille. and me. il y a combien de personnes? And in your family. I’m an only child. With me.

welcome to my new house! Combien de pièces y a-t-il? How many rooms are there? Il y a neuf pièces. my favorite room. avec sa belle table et son lustre. Et par ici. With pleasure. ma pièce préférée. non? Here’s the library. . . There are a lot of beautiful books. Il y a beaucoup de beaux livres. Now we enter the dining room. Entrons. . Il y a un grand réfrigérateur et un microondes. Here’s the living room. There is a large refrigerator and a microwave oven. with its beautiful table and its chandelier. don’t you think? Oui. Voilà le salon. at the university. with a comfortable sofa. an old clock. Maintenant nous entrons dans la salle à manger.com . The kitchen? It’s straight ahead.ce que c’est? And what is this way? Voici la bibliothèque. What a collection! Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: 42 www. Quelle coïncidence! What a coincidence! Corinne: Jean-Louis: DIALOGUE 2: THE NEW HOUSE Thierry: Salut. My father and my mother are professors. Let’s go in. Would you like to take a tour of the house? Avec plaisir.Jean-Louis: Mon père et ma mère sont profs. C’est très joli. Quelle collection! Yes.LivingLanguage. Ma mère est prof aussi. une vieille pendule et une grande télé. Veux-tu faire un tour de la maison? There are nine rooms. Et où est la cuisine? It’s very nice. and a large TV. My mother is also a professor. Et ensuite . And then . Naomi. And where is the kitchen? La cuisine? C’est tout droit. avec un canapé confortable. Naomi. à l’université. . bienvenue dans ma nouvelle maison! Hi. qu’est.

After the bridge.LivingLanguage. And now let’s see the rooms. Chaque enfant a sa propre chambre? Each child has their own room? Oui. Where’s the drugstore. Merci. il faut prendre la première rue à droite et descendre jusqu’au boulevard . Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: Naomi: Thierry: DIALOGUE 3: GETTING AROUND TOWN Colette: Vous êtes perdu? Are you lost? Oui. Et la salle de bains aussi. . s’il vous plaît? Yes. Où est la pharmacie. où sont les toilettes? Thierry. Of course. No. and at the boulevard? Vous traversez le boulevard et vous montez jusqu’au parc. The drugstore? You have to cross the bridge. where is the toilet? À coté de ma chambre. Next to my room. Will you excuse me a moment? Bien sûr. There are three of them. too. .Thierry: Et maintenant voyons les chambres.com . et ils ont chacun un ordinateur! Yes. Il y en a trois. C’est tout? Is that all? Omar: Colette: Omar: Colette: Omar: Colette: Omar: 43 www. c’est assez loin. please? La pharmacie? Il faut traverser le pont. . mademoiselle. it’s quite far. et au boulevard? Yes. Oui. Après le pont. And the washroom. and they each have a computer! Thierry. miss. . C’est près d’ici? Is it near here? Non. Tu m’excuses un moment? Thank you. You cross the boulevard and you go up to the park. you have to take the first street on the right and go down until the boulevard .

You’re welcome. madame. yes . Super! Dans quelle direction? Great! In which direction? Vous allez tout droit. . mademoiselle. madam. apportez-moi le menu. and the drugstore is on the fourth street to the left. madam. Quelle est la soupe du jour? What’s the soup of the day? C’est la bisque de homard. . Je vous en prie. oui . vous traversez le parc et vous arrivez devant une grande statue . s’il vous plaît? But I also have a letter to mail. monsieur. finally! It sure is complicated. please bring me the menu. Une grande statue. sir. please? La poste? C’est tout près d’ici.Colette: Non. . It’s lobster bisque. miss. Où est la poste. enfin! C’est bien compliqué. . And then? Vous passez à gauche de la statue. You go to the left of the statue. Ah. et la pharmacie est dans la quatrième rue à gauche. Thank you. madame. Mais j’ai aussi une lettre à mettre à la poste. Elle est devant vous. ça. .LivingLanguage. Where’s the post office. s’il vous plaît. Et puis? A big statue. It’s in front of you. Here you are. You go straight ahead. that’s less complicated! Omar: Colette: Omar: Colette: Omar: Colette: Omar: Colette: Omar: DIALOGUE 4: AT A RESTAURANT Élodie: Monsieur. Oh. Sir. Merci. Et quels sont les hors-d’œuvre? And what are the hors d’œuvres? Nous avons des crudités ou du pâté maison. We have crudités or homemade pâté. c’est moins compliqué! Now. No. you cross the park and you come to a big statue . . Alors. Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: 44 www. . Voilà. The post office? It’s close by.com . .

Lilianne? Oui. madame? And for dessert. sir. please. s’il vous plaît. Hugh Grant’s last film. vous avez aussi de la soupe à l’oignon? Hmm. Et pour le dessert. Then give me an onion soup. do you also have onion soup? Oui. Lilianne: Joël: Lilianne: Joël: 45 www. madam? Donnez-moi une côte de bœuf avec des pommes de terre. who is it? C’est Joël. donnez-moi une soupe à l’oignon. Thank you. Bring me the check. madam? Une mousse au chocolat et un café-crème. et elle est excellente! Yes. Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: Élodie: Le serveur: Élodie: DIALOGUE 5: GOING TO THE MOVIES Joël: Allô. s’il vous plaît. Voilà. monsieur. Okay. qui est à l’appareil? Yes. Some red wine. Et comme plat principal. Merci. Lilianne? Hello. Would you like to go to the movies with me Saturday night? Oui. madam.com . Apportez-moi l’addition. please. madame.LivingLanguage. Et comme boisson? And to drink? Du vin rouge. Here you are.Élodie: Hmm. A chocolate mousse and a coffee with cream.ce qu’on donne? Yes. Qu’est. What are they showing? Le dernier film de Hugh Grant. Veux-tu venir au cinéma avec moi samedi soir? It’s Joël. Give me a beef rib with potatoes. and it is excellent! Alors. d’accord. madame? And for a main dish.

and there are subtitles.Lilianne: Est. I love Vietnamese food. Super. For more information on other Living Language French courses. Moi aussi. of course. si Robert de Niro joue dans le film. c’est différent. A Random House Company. I don’t like dubbed movies. et il y a des sous-titres. J’aime aussi les films d’action et les films policiers. Starting Out In French. Copyright © 2008. je n’aime pas les films policiers. visit www. Il y a un nouveau restaurant vietnamien dans le coin. we’ll have dinner together before the film? Oui. And I like Hugh Grant a lot. I don’t like crime dramas. that’s different. Living Language. Je n’aime pas les films doublés. J’adore la nourriture vietnamienne. une autre fois.LivingLanguage. Alors. We hope you’ve enjoyed your experience and plan to take your study of French even further. Même pas avec Robert de Niro? Not even with Robert de Niro? Ah. I also like action films and crime dramas. Super. Me too. I like romantic comedies. if Robert de Niro is acting in the film. Oh. Et j’aime beaucoup Hugh Grant.com . J’aime les comédies romantiques.ce que c’est en version originale? Is it in the original version? Oui. Excellente idée! Et ce week-end. 46 www. bien sûr.com.livinglanguage. Joël: Lilianne: Joël: Lilianne: Joël: Lilianne: Joël: Lilianne: Joël: Lilianne: Joël: Liliane: You’ve come to the end of Starting Out In French. There’s a new Vietnamese restaurant in the neighborhood. on va dîner ensemble avant le film? Excellent idea! And this weekend. on va voir le nouveau film de Scorsese. Yes. Perfect. Moi. Parfait. Yes. So another time we’ll see Scorsese’s new film.

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