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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 15: font la ronde

    Learn French with Balades ep 1. This clip has 34 words in 11 seconds, how many can you understand? Transcribe with our quiz! And see what rounds we’re making.

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    11 seconds, 34 words
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    Tousfontetsouhaitentunsouriremielleux.Vous 'échappez ; à....
    Tousfontetsouhaitentbonneheureuseunsouriremielleuxlèvres. 'yéchappez ; droitàmêmebises...chaquefois.

    Making the rounds…

    Let’s continue with lesson 15. More commentary about the practice of the bise, without mentioning the bise.

    The rounds continue with everyone getting their requisite two to three kisses. I love this clip for two expressions: “font la ronde” and “chaque fois”. Both of these are great for daily use. We’ve all known the social person who has to do their rounds, every time. And of course they’re in every office.

    While the topic isn’t challenging, I did find this clip quite challenging. I think I listened to it 12 times before I could pick out the words, and I had already seen the transcript before. I think where I get caught up is in the actual pronunciations of “vous souhaitent” and “et heureuse année” and her pronunciation of “vous avez droit”.

    Finally, in that last phrase “vous avez droit” her ‘vous’ is so quiet compared to the other words. I lose it completely and have to really listen. I found myself doing the rounds on this single clip as it restarted and flew through line after line quickly.

    It is amazing how native speakers will blend these words together and they disappear for my untrained ear… chaque fois.

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    Tous font la ronde et vous souhaitent une bonne et heureuse année un sourire mielleux sur les lèvres. Vous n’y échappez pas ; vous avez droit à deux ou même trois bises… chaque fois.

    Everyone is doing their rounds and wishing you a Happy New Year with a sweet smile on their lips. You cannot escape it; you have a duty to two or even three kisses … each time.

    The above text courtesy of Google Translate. Source

    What does “font la ronde” mean in French?

    “Font la ronde” is a French phrase that translates to “go around” or “patrol” in English. It’s used to indicate that someone or something is moving around in a specific area, place or location.


    “Les policiers font la ronde dans le quartier pour s’assurer que tout est en ordre” (The police go around the neighborhood to make sure everything is in order)

    “Les employés font la ronde dans l’usine pour vérifier les machines” (The employees go around the factory to check the machines)

    “Les enfants font la ronde autour du parc pour se divertir” (The children go around the park to have fun)

    In general, “font la ronde” is used to indicate that someone or something is moving around in a specific area, place or location, usually to control or check. It can be used in different contexts such as security, surveillance, or leisure activities.

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    font la ronde





    les lèvres


    chaque fois

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