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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 36: par le spectacle

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    16 seconds, 35 words
    , '. '. '. '.
    ,sorte d'îlecolonnedessus.colonnesortait '.faisaitunvrai '. '.
    Aumilieudubassin,avaitsorte d'îlecolonnedessus.colonnesortait '.faisaitunvraijet '. 'étaisàchaquefoisfascinée.

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    By the show

    This post had a number of pronunciations that surprised me. I know I’ve seen and heard “d’île” many times but I was still surprised to hear it said that way here.

    Not only that, her pronunciation of “vrai petit” made me think rapid everytime, and it was distracting. I couldn’t even hear vrai. And that I was losing a word like “petit” in this clip was surprising to me.

    Finally her pronuncation of spectacle was also different from what I expected. The word seems to fade out, and it’s not from this audio clip, it’s how she said the word.

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    Au milieu du bassin, il y avait une sorte d’île avec une colonne dessus. Et de cette colonne sortait l’eau. Cela faisait un vrai petit jet d’eau. J’étais à chaque fois fascinée par le spectacle.

    In the middle of the basin, there was a sort of island with a column on it. And from that column came water. It made a real little stream of water. I was fascinated by the show each time.

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    What does “par le spectacle” mean?

    “Par le spectacle” is a French phrase that can be translated to “through the show” or “by the performance” in English.

    It is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate how something is done or achieved, it means that something is done or achieved by means of a show or a performance. The preposition “par” means “by” or “through” and “spectacle” means “show” or “performance”. Together, the phrase “par le spectacle” implies that something is done or achieved by means of a show or a performance. It could be used in many different context, it could be used to indicate that something is done or achieved by means of a show, a performance, an event, a spectacle. For example:

    • “Il a réussi à nous convaincre par le spectacle” which means “He succeeded in convincing us through the show”
    • “Il a appris l’anglais par le spectacle” which means “He learned English by means of the performance”

    It is used to indicate how something is done or achieved, it means that something is done or achieved by means of a show or a performance.

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    “Dessus” means “on top”

    “Petit jet d’eau” means “small fountain”

    “Il y avait” is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate the presence of something, it means “there was”

    “À chaque fois” is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate that something happens repeatedly, it means “each time”

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