Spoken French: “quoi” at the end of a sentence.

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Hello All,

In today’s clip, you have that famous “quoi” at the end of a sentence. Did you already know about that?

French Listening Comprehension - quoi at end of sentence
French Listening Comprehension – quoi at end of sentence

mettre quelqu’un dehors: literally, to put someone outside. Compare to the version on the ninth line, mettre quelqu’un à la porte (literally, ‘to put someone at the door’). These are ways of saying ‘to show someone the door’ or ‘to kick someone out.’

Advanced listening tips:

Fifth line: do you hear the lui in je lui ai dit? Listen a few times (5 times? 10 times?) and see if you can start to hear it. I made a video to help you hear it. Keep your eyes on the newsletter!

Seventh line (in bold): notice ça, ça. When you work with a transcription, you want one that is written for language learners. (The problem with a ‘normal’ transcription is that it won’t contain such detail. If you can, get a transcription where every word or part of a word, every hesitation, is visible in the transcription.)

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David Tolman

Conversational French: saying, “in that case.”

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More French listening for you today! Keep in mind that the goal is not to close your eyes and see how much you understand but rather to follow along in the transcript until you can hear every word that you see on the page.

Today, you’ll learn to recognize one of the ways of saying, “in that case” – it’s on the very last line below.

French Listening Comprehension - dans ce cas
French Listening Comprehension – dans ce cas

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2 minutes of French listening: the sound of a 2CV

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To help you with your listening habit: 2 minutes of listening today – play this sound 6 times.

It doesn’t matter if you hear one word or all of them. All that matters is that you learn to recognize one or two new words today.

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2 minutes of French listening: par contre, c’est vrai que…

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To help you with your listening habit: 2 minutes of listening today – play this sound 8 times.

It doesn’t matter if you hear one word or all of them. All that matters is that you learn to recognize one or two new words today.

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2 minutes of French listening: après la mort de Gauguin…

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To help you with your listening habit: 2 minutes of listening today – play this sound 8 times.

It doesn’t matter if you hear one word or all of them. All that matters is that you learn to recognize one or two new words today.


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Listening Suggestion: concentrate on il y a (first line) and ils ont (last line)

Other listening tips:

  • il y a: often sounds like “eeya” or just “ya”
  • try to hear the “une” right after il y a. Do you hear it?
  • ils ont : notice the Z sound. Sounds like eezownt (with the on sounding almost like the English word ‘own’)
  • when she says Picasso, do you hear how she drags out the o? This is the French speaker’s auditory signal that she is starting a list of similar items.
  • ont un choc : notice that the o is a long nasal o. This should not rhyme with the english word ‘font.’