Section Four is where the Audible French system differs a bit from your typical language course. In this section, you will read (and hear) a series of French conversations that tie into the topics covered by the previous lessons. For example, the topic of Lesson One is Greetings and Introductions, and in the conversation attached to this lesson, a young Englishwoman named Karen meets an older man named Jacques in a café. Of course there are greetings and introductions, and many of the words and phrases you learned in section two and three will be used here.
But the point of those conversations is not for you to memorize every sentence they say. There is no point, for example, in learning to say “I am twenty-four years old” unless you are. There is every point in your learning to understand someone who tells you they’re twenty-four years old, and there’s every point in your learning the form of “I am ___ years old (which in French is actually “I have ___ years”).
The point of Section Four is to use these entertaining conversations to test your newly-acquired knowledge of French. Jot down words and phrases that come up that you don’t recognize, and also words you need to learn. And when you’re repeating the sentences for practice, make sure to say them a little bit faster than the speakers in the audio clip. They may sound plenty fast to you, but trust me, native French speakers talk really fast, so you need to accustom both your ear and your tongue to that.
Are you ready for the adventures of Karen, Jacques, and Pierre? Allons-y! (That’s “Go ahead” to you English-speakers – but you’re a French-speaker now, n’est-ce pas?)
- French Conversations Lesson 1 (Greetings)
Karen is visiting France and meets Jacques, her future tutor, at a café.
- French Conversations Lesson 2 (Socializing)
Karen waits at the café for her tutor Jacques – and she is surprised when he arrives with a young man.
- French Conversations Lesson 3 (Traveling)
Karen and Jacques are traveling by train to visit Pierre in Marseille. However, they have gotten off at the wrong stop, they don’t know where they are, and the train has left.
- French Conversations Lesson 4 (At the Hotel)
Jacques and Karen have made their way to a hotel, where they will spend the night before resuming their journey to Marseille in the morning.
- French Conversations Lesson 5 (Emergencies)
Karen isn’t feeling very well after dinner, so Jacques calls for help.
- French Conversations Lesson 6 (Eating Out)
After recovering from a bout with the flu, Karen and Jacques are eating breakfast at the hotel when they receive an unexpected visitor.
- French Conversations Lesson 7 (Shopping)
Karen plans a shopping trip in Marseille with Pierre.
- French Conversations Lesson 8 (The Weather)
Karen, Jacques, and Pierre, stuck in Pierre’s apartment, are dismayed by a spell of bad weather.
- French Conversations Lesson 9 (Numbers)
Karen, Jacques, and Pierre play a board game on a rainy day.
- French Conversations Lesson 10 (Days & Time)
Karen is sad that she has to leave Marseille – and Pierre.