French Lesson #2: Basic French Cultural Notes: Le Bisou ou La Bise; French Dialogue and Pronunciation

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Dialogue-Building Vocabulary :

Salut ! – Hi (informal greeting)

Madame – Mrs, Ma’am

Monsieur – Mr. Sir

Ça va? – How are you ? (informal greeting)

Comment ça va? - How are you? (informal greeting)

Comment vas- tu? - How are you? (informal greeting)

Comment allez-vous? – How are you? (formal greeting)

Ça va – O.K.

Ça va bien. Ça va mal – Good / bad

Comme ci, comme ça – So, so

Merci – Thank you

Et vous ? Et toi ? – And you ?

Au revoir – Goodbye !

A demain ! – See you tomorrow !

Bonjour! – Hello

Bonsoir! - Good afternoon, Salut!

Se presenter – to introduce onself

Présentez-vous – Introduce yourself

Se serer la main – to shake hands

Comment t’appelles-tu? – What’s your name? (informal)

Comment vous appelez-vous? – What’s your name ? (formal)

Enchanté (e) – Pleased to meet you

Notes Culturelles: La Bise, le Bisou – The Famous Kiss !

While men shake hands, women tend to kiss each other in French-speaking countries. Yes, people gently kiss each other on the cheek or shake hands when they meet. As they leave, people also kiss or give a handshake. Le bisou usually starts on the right cheek. The number of kisses may vary depending on your relationship and the warmth of your encounter. In French-speaking countries, the space between the speakers is also shorter. That is very different in English-speaking countries.

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French Spelling: You too can spell in French

(é) e accent aigu

(è) e accent grave

(ê) e accent circonflexe

(ç) cedille

(ë) Tréma

Ecoutez et Répétez ces mots :

Pratiquons le son : ch

Chat (m.), Chatte (fem.) – Cat (Kreyòl : chat)

Charmant (adj.) – Charming (Kreyol: bwòdè)

Chameau (m.) – Camel (Kreyòl: Chamo)

Cher (adj.) - Expensive (Kreyòl: Chè)

Achète (verb) – Buy (Kreyòl: Achte)

Chemise (feminine noun) – Shirt (Kreyòl: Chemiz)

Chose (fem. Noun) – Thing (Kreyòl: Bagay)

Chocolat (masculine noun) – Chocolate (Kreyòl: Chokola)

Chou (m. noun) – Cabbage (Kreyòl: Chou)

Marché (m. noun) – Market (Kreyòl: Mache)

Poche (fem. Noun) – Pocket (Kreyòl: Pòch)

Chemin (m. noun) – Way (Kreyòl: Chemen)

Changer (verb) – to Change (Kreyòl: Chanje)

Here are a few exceptions: Ch is pronounced like ‘K.”

Choeur - Chorus; Choléra – Cholera; Orchestre – Orchestra; Psychanalyse – Psychanalysis; Psychologie – Psychology; Psychiatrie – Psychiatry; écho – echo ; archaïc – archaic, old, ancient ; archange – archangel etc.

Ecoutez et Répétez ces mots :

Let’s practice the ‘gn’ sound : /?/

Digne – worthy; Espagne – Spain; Pologne – Poland; Allemagne – Germany; Compagnie – Company; Campagne – Countryside; Cognac – Cognac;

Let’s practice the ‘th’ sound /t/

Sympathique – Sympathetic; Gothique – Gothic; mathématiques – mathematics ; Théologie – Theology ; Pathétique – Pathetic ; Théatre – Theater ; Bibliothèque – Library ;


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