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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 19: c’est-à-dire

    Learn French with this clip from episode 1 of Balades. 52 words in 24 seconds, can you transcribe them all? Quiz yourself and improve your listening with us!

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    24 seconds, 52 words
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    Ensuitequeselon.Celapeutaller ',dansleFinistère 'de, jusqu'dansdépartementsentourent '--, '--.
    Ensuitedifficultéquenombrevarieselonlarégionetmêmedépartement.Celapeutaller 'seule,dansleFinistèreà 'de, jusqu'dansdépartementsquientourent '--, '-à-diredépartementsautour.

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    Let’s continue with this 19th clip from Balades Ep. 1.

    This longer block has a number of regions in France, that’s why I love it. I’m hearing pronunciations for places throughout the country. This also relates back to Lesson 13 when she jokes but is really serious about the number of kisses required. I mentioned Combien de Bises as a tool for French people to confirm how many pecks are required…

    That is to say every joke has a little truth, or a lot of truth. And this clip covers the varied requirements of la bise even from Paris to Finistère, 5 hour drive away. That’s not even counting the differences to the French departments around the globe.

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    Ensuite une autre difficulté est que le nombre de bises varie selon la région et même le département. Cela peut aller d’une seule bise, comme par exemple dans le Finistère à l’ouest de la Bretagne, jusqu’à quatre bises dans les départements qui entourent l’Île-de-France, c’est-à-dire Paris et les départements autour de Paris.

    Then another difficulty is that the number of kisses varies according to the region and even the department. This can range from a single kiss, as for example in Finistère in the west of Brittany, up to four kisses in the departments which surround the Île-de-France, that is to say Paris and the departments around Paris.

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    What does “c’est-à-dire” mean in French?

    “C’est-à-dire” is a French phrase that translates to “that is to say” or “in other words” in English. It’s used to clarify or explain something that was just said in a more clear or simpler way. It can be used to provide more information about a subject or to restate something in a different way.

    “C’est-à-dire” is a useful phrase for providing clarification and is often used in conversation as well as in writing. It allows the speaker to express themselves in a more precise and clear way.

    It’s an important phrase to know for those who are learning French and would like to understand more precise meaning of the spoken or written language.

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    Ensuite

    selon

    jusqu’à

    entourent

    c’est-à-dire

    autour

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