Bonjour, this is Frederic and I would like to personally welcome you to the twenty-fifth episode of the Talk in French Podcast!
This podcast is intended for beginner to intermediate French language learners and French culture enthusiasts. For advanced level learners, I also have an all-French Podcast which you would probably enjoy more. You can check the Advanced Podcast here.
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)
What's in this Podcast?
French Travel and Culture
Discover some interesting aspects of French travel and culture.
Vocabulary and Expressions
Learn useful French vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.
French Grammar Explanation
Get to know important grammar points and learn how to use it.
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French Vocabulary Included in this Episode:
|le technicien informatique||the computer technician|
|le dentiste||the dentist|
|le pompier||the firefighter|
|le juge||the judge|
|l'homme d'affaires||the business person|
|le boucher||the butcher|
|le caissier||the cashier|
French Expressions from this Podcast Episode:
|être occupé||to be busy|
|les animaux sont interdits||no pets allowed|
|apprendre à||to learn how to|
|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)
9.se 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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