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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 29: à peu près ça

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    donnaitàpeuprèsça : « ,,pauvres ! '.peutnettoyerbassin ? '. » Biensûr, -pouvait.journéedenettoyagecommençait.
    celadonnaitàpeuprèsça : « ,,regardepauvrespoissons ! 'toutesale.peutnettoyerbassin ? S'ilplaît. » Biensûr, -nepouvaitpasdire.journéedenettoyagecommençait.

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    I love this clip because you get a fast pace, some dialogue, and great expressions. “Donnait à peu près ça” as went something like this is a great one I know I can use. “On peut” also is a question word that would be versatile while traveling, with friends, or anywhere in France.

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    Et cela donnait à peu près ça :
    — « Mamie, Mamie, regarde les pauvres poissons ! L’eau est toute sale. On peut nettoyer le bassin ?
    — S’il te plaît. »
    Bien sûr, ma grand-mère ne pouvait pas nous dire non. Et la journée de nettoyage commençait.

    And it went something like this: “Granny, Granny, look at the poor fish! The water is all dirty. Can we clean the pool?
    Please.”
    Of course, my grandmother couldn’t say no to us. And the cleaning day began.

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    What does “à peu près ça” mean?

    “À peu près ça” is a French phrase that can be translated to “Something like that” or “About that” in English.

    It is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate that the speaker has given a rough explanation or an approximate idea of something, rather than a precise or detailed one.

    “À peu près” is an adverb that means “about” or “approximately” and “ça” is a pronoun that refers to something previously mentioned or understood. Together, the phrase indicates that the speaker is giving a general idea or a rough explanation of something rather than a precise one.

    For example:

    • “Comment ça marche? À peu près comme ça.” which means “How does it work? About like that.”
    • “Quel est le prix? À peu près ça.” which means “What is the price? About that.”

    It is used to indicate that the explanation or the information given is not exact, but rather a rough estimate or an approximation.

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    donnait

    donnait à peu près ça

    sale

    nettoyer

    on peut

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