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Balades ep. 1, Quiz 37: pour terminer

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    10 seconds, 22 words
    ,. ' '.
    ,remettions. ' 'ilsdevaient.
    ,nousremettions. m'imaginais qu'ilsdevaientêtredepouvoirdans.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 1. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    Finally

    This brings us to the end of the first episode of Balades, and the first full episode on this site. It only took me about a month (well 37 days) of daily practice to get through a full episode of a podcast.

    What this has shown, is my weakness for tenses and grammar. I struggle with tenses in every language, English, Latin, Spanish, Chinese… Chinese fortunately doesn’t have tenses like Romance languages, so it’s more forgiving. But this exercise has definitely helped me establish some gaps that might be hurting my listening comprehension.

    In the end, I found this podcast episode perfect for learning at my level, a beginner. I’m still convinced my brain would melt if I tried to get through a whole episode, even this at 20+ minutes, in a single sitting. There’s just too much going on with new vocab, missing the point, needing to translate, that would be hurdles.

    So I’m convinced, I’ll continue with this immersion project and keep digesting audio in bitesize pieces, perfect to snack on once per day and continue pushing myself down this path.

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    Pour terminer, nous remettions les poissons. Je m’imaginais toujours qu’ils devaient être vraiment contents de pouvoir nager dans un aussi beau bassin.

    Finally, we put the fish back. I always imagined that they must be really happy to be able to swim in such a beautiful pool.

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    What does “pour terminer” mean?

    “Pour terminer” is a French phrase that can be translated to “to conclude” or “to finish up” in English.

    It is an idiomatic expression that is used to indicate that something is coming to an end, it is used to indicate the final part of a talk, a presentation, a discussion or any kind of communication. The verb “terminer” means “to end” or “to finish” and “pour” here is used as an adverb meaning “in order to” or “so as to” Together, the phrase “pour terminer” implies that something is coming to an end, it is used to indicate the final part of a talk, a presentation, a discussion or any kind of communication.

    For example:

    • “Pour terminer, je vous remercie de votre attention” which means “To finish up, I thank you for your attention”
    • “Pour terminer, je voudrais vous donner mes dernières recommandations” which means “To conclude, I would like to give you my last recommendations”

    It is used to indicate that something is coming to an end, it is used to indicate the final part of a talk, a presentation, a discussion or any kind of communication. It’s used to wrap up a conversation or a presentation and it’s a way to signal to the audience or the listener that the speaker is about to end their talk or presentation.

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