The French and Their Vacations + 10 Useful Impersonal Verbs
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Talk in French Podcast #25- The French and Their Vacations /10 Useful Impersonal French Verbs

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Here is the 25th session of  Talk in French Podcast!

In this episode:

– Some information about French Culture. Our beloved  Vacation, I explain what it means for the French and what you can learn from the French.

– Some French Words with an English Translation. Ideal when you cook, run, commute….

– A quick French Grammar Explanation. 10 Useful Impersonal French Verbs

– Some French Expressions and their translation (literal translation too)


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French Words in the Podcast

  • le technicien informatique – the computer technician
  • le dentiste – the dentist
  • le pompier – the firefighter
  • le juge – the judge
  • l’avocat – the lawyer/attorney
  • l’actrice- the actress
  • l’homme d’affaires – the business person
  • le boucher – the butcher
  • le caissier – the cashier
  • l’entraîneur – the coach


French Expression in the Podcast

  • être occupé – to be busy
  • les animaux sont interdits – no pets allowed
  • apprendre à – to learn how to
  • avec reconnaissance – gratefully
  • avoir honte – to be ashamed
  • avoir la gorge serrée – to be all choked up
  • avoir une faim de loup – to be starving


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10 Useful Impersonal  Verbs

1. S’agir de – to be a question of, to have to do with

E.G: Il s’agit de talent It has to do with talent

Il s’agit de réussir sa vie. It’s a question of succeed in your life

2. Arriver – to happen, to be a possibility

E.G: Il est arrivé un problème There’s been a problem.

Il m’arrive de faire des bêtises. I sometimes make something silly

3.falloir – to be necessary

E.G: Il faut le faire. It has to be done.

Il faudra que je le fasse / Il me faudra le faire. It will be necessary for me to do it / I will have to do it.

4. se passer – to happen passer – to pass

E.G: Qu’est-ce qui se passe ? What’s happening?

Ça s’est mal passé. It went badly 

5. se pouvoir – to be possible pouvoir – can, to be able

E.G: Il se peut qu’elles soient là. They may be there / It’s possible that they will be there.

Se peut-il que Luc finisse ? Is it possible that Luc will finish? / Could it be that Luc will finish?

6.sembler – to seem sembler

E.G: to seem Il semble qu’elle soit malade. It seems that she is sick.

Il (me) semble impossible. It seems impossible (to me).

7. suffire – to suffice, be enough suffire – to suffice

E.G: Il suffit que tu le fasses demain / Il te suffit de le faire demain.

It’s enough if you do it tomorrow. Ça suffit ! That’s enough!

8. tenir à – to depend on tenir – to hold, keep

E.G: Il ne tient qu’à toi de… It’s up to you to… Ça tient à peu de chose.

It can go either way (literally: it depends on little) trouver – to be, to happen to be trouver – to find

E.G: Il se trouve toujours des gens qui… There are always people who…

Il se trouve que c’est moi. It happens to be me.

10.valoir mieux – to be better valoir – to be worth

E.G: Il vaut mieux le faire toi-même. Il vaut mieux que tu le fasses. It’s better for you to do it (yourself).



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