Listening Time: 48 minutes.
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 Expression/ Meaning / Literal Translation/ Example/ MP3/ Weekly Recap and Quizz
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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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