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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 31: ensuite … puis … enfin

    Learn French with a podcast and hear “ensuite… puis… enfin” with this clip from Balades ep 1. It’s 40 words in 16 seconds, how many can you understand?

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    16 seconds, 40 words
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    ,fallaitvider 'destuyaux.,arrosait. 'nénuphars 'fallaitsortirdubassin.,mettreaunettoyage.
    Ensuite,fallaitvider 'bassindestuyaux.,onarrosaitlesfleurs. 'étaitautournénuphars 'fallaitsortirdubassin.,semettreaunettoyage.

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    Next, Then, Finally

    Let’s continue with lesson 31. A series of actions broken up wonderfully by these three words.

    Twice in this segment Isabelle uses the strucutre “il fallaiit”. Google translates this as it was necessary. I think this word has appeared in other clips, or another construction using “avoir” has also shown up. This construction seems to make the activities she’s discussing in the past more passive. It feels more like we’re taking this walk she promised at the beginning of this episode and meandering through her mind.

    That’s just an observation by my untrained eyes and ears, but it is interesting to me.

    I also learned the word for water lilies in this clip, it seems that in English we use that word as well – so much for my (nonexistent) green thumb. And in that same segment I had to scratch my head as the text I have says “des pots de nénuphars”, why is it des… and de and not des and des? If you know it’s a typo, let me know and we’ll get it fixed. This is from the transcript I have from the dropbox linked.

    I was also surprised by her pronunciation of “tuyaux” it sounds almost like the English word trio to me. I know it isn’t, I’m just saying it kind of sounds like that. And I struggled witht he last line: “se mettre au nettoyage” the au blends together so much, my ear was hearing a “de” or “d-” instead of the “n”. Just wanted to share my experience.

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    Ensuite, il fallait vider l’eau du bassin avec des tuyaux. Et avec cette eau, on arrosait les fleurs du jardin. Puis c’était au tour des pots de nénuphars qu’il fallait sortir du bassin. Enfin, on pouvait se mettre au nettoyage.

    Then, it was necessary to empty the water from the basin with pipes. And with this water, we watered the flowers in the garden. Then it was the turn of the water lily pots that had to be taken out of the basin. Finally, we could get down to cleaning.

    The above translation from Google Translate. Source

    What does “ensuite … puis … enfin” mean?

    “Ensuite… puis… enfin” is a French phrase that can be translated to “then… next… finally” in English.

    It is a common way to organize ideas, events or actions in a logical and coherent way. It is used to express a sequence of events, actions or ideas. The words “ensuite” means “then”, “puis” means “next” and “enfin” means “finally”. They are used to indicate a logical progression of events, actions or ideas.

    For example:

    • “Ensuite, j’ai fini mes études, puis j’ai trouvé un emploi, enfin j’ai acheté une maison” which means “Then, I finished my studies, next I found a job, finally I bought a house.”
    • “Ensuite, nous avons visité la ville, puis nous avons pris un café, enfin nous sommes allés au musée” which means “Then, we visited the city, next we had a coffee, finally we went to the museum.”

    It is used to indicate a logical progression of events, actions or ideas, and it makes the discourse more structured and easy to follow.

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    des tuyaux


    au tour



    se mettre au nettoyage

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