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« 40% », Quiz 13: pour toi y’a tout

    Learn French with a song. This clip from Aya is 5 seconds long and has 17 words. Listen and transcribe as much as you can.

    Learn French with a song snippet! This clip is from Aya Nakamura’s “40%”. We do not own the rights to this song, nor do we pretend to own them. Listen to this sample and transcribe what you hear. Find the full song here.

    5 seconds, 17 words
    , ', '/ ', '
    Bébé,pour y'a, '/ 'changé, j'le
    Bébé,pourtoi y'atout, '/ J'aichangédonne, j'ledominer

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Aya Nakamura’s “40%”. Songwriters: Aya Danioko 40% lyrics © Warner Chappell Music France, Soc Sony ATV Allegro Music Publishing France, Blue Sky Publishing, Perspective Productions, Label 67, Universal Music Publishing Group. We do not own the content, we are using it for educational purposes. Listen to the entire song here.

    For you there’s everything

    Again, we’ve heard this clip before earlier in the song. At least the same lyrics, I mean, not the clip exactly. Do you remember hearing it back in Lesson 6?

    Yeah, me neither. Last time we expored “j’ai changé la donne”, this time we look at the “pour y’a tout” phrase. I wonder if there’s ever a time I’d use that. Not sure there is, maybe it’s just something that’s meant to be sung.

    How much of this snippet are you understanding?
    What’s your favorite part about this?

    I struggle with hearing individual words in English songs, in my native tongue. It takes a couple listens to really get it..

    The snippet in English

    Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?

    Bébé pour toi y’a tout, pour toi y’a tout
    J’ai changé la donne j’vais le dominer yeah

    Baby for you there’s everything, for you there’s everything
    I’ve changed the deal, gonna dominate him yeah

    The above text from Aya Nakamura’s Youtube channel. Source. Songwriters: Aya Danioko 40% lyrics © Warner Chappell Music France, Soc Sony ATV Allegro Music Publishing France, Blue Sky Publishing, Perspective Productions, Label 67, Universal Music Publishing Group

    What does “pour toi y’a tout”

    “Pour toi y’a tout” is a French phrase that can be translated to “there’s everything for you” in English.

    It is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate that there is a lot or everything that is available for someone. The word “pour” means “for” and “toi” means “you” and “y’a” is a colloquial form of “il y a” meaning “there is” or “there are” and “tout” means “all” or “everything” Together, the phrase “pour toi y’a tout” implies that there is a lot or everything that is available for someone, it is usually used to express that someone has a lot of options or choices, or that there is a lot of resources available for them.

    For example:

    • “Pour toi y’a tout les choix” which means “For you there are all the choices”
    • “Pour toi y’a tout les opportunités” which means “For you there are all the opportunities”

    It is used to indicate that there is a lot or everything that is available for someone, it’s a way of telling someone that they have a lot of options or choices available to them, or that there is a lot of resources available for them.

    What words did you look up in this snippet?

    This is the chorus, I looked up these words before in this post:

    y’a

    changé la donne

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