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Balades ep. 3, quiz 24: bavardent allègrement

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    . « ,, ',... '. » ,.
    seconnaissentbavardentallègrement. « ,Jeannine, ',basilic... 'soupepistou. » Eneffet,odeurbasilic.
    seconnaissentbavardentallègrement. « Regardez,Jeannine, j'aitrouvémagnifiques,etcebasilic... 'mettraisoupeaupistou. » Eneffet,minibussentodeurbasilic.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Balades ep. 3. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

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    If you have feedback about the site, I’d be happy to chat, and chat happily I would! How are you finding it? I like this expression and wanted to highlight it.

    I also think “sent” is an interesting one. It’s a verb for having the smell of. Maybe English only has “wreaks” and not quite the same meaning as “sent” it seems.

    It’s also interesting to me that she says “habitent la région” without a preposition. For some reason I thought a preposition (dans, en) was required. Maybe not…? or maybe it’s just a quicker way of speaking. What do you hear?

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    The snippet in English

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    Elles se connaissent toutes et bavardent allègrement. « Regardez, Jeannine, j’ai trouvé de magnifiques tomates, et ce basilic… J’en mettrai dans ma soupe au pistou. » En effet, tout le minibus sent une bonne odeur de basilic.

    They all know each other and chat happily. “Look, Jeannine, I found some beautiful tomatoes, and this basil… I’ll put it in my soup with pesto.” Indeed, the whole minibus smells of basil.

    The above translation from Deepl. Source

    What does “bavardent” mean?

    “Bavardent” is the third person plural present tense form of the French verb “bavarder,” which translates to “chat” or “talk” in English. It means “they chat” or “they talk.”

    Usage and Context:

    • Casual Conversation: Used to describe a group of people engaging in light, informal conversation.
      • Example: “Les élèves bavardent avant le début du cours.” (The students chat before the start of the class.)
    • General Talkativeness: Can also refer to the general act of talking or being talkative.
      • Example: “Ils bavardent toujours pendant les réunions.” (They always talk during meetings.)

    Grammatical Structure:

    • “Bavardent”: Conjugation for “ils” or “elles” (they) in the present tense.

    Cultural Notes:

    • In French culture, as in many others, casual conversation or “bavardage” is an integral part of social interaction. “Bavardent” is often used to depict a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where people are engaging in light conversation.

    In Summary:

    “Bavardent” means “they chat” or “they talk” in French, and it’s used to describe a group of people engaged in informal conversation. It can be used in a variety of contexts to denote casual talk or general talkativeness, reflecting the importance of conversation in social settings.

    What does “allègrement” mean?

    “Allègrement” is a French adverb that translates to “cheerfully,” “lightheartedly,” or “blithely” in English. It is used to describe an action done in a cheerful, happy, or carefree manner.

    Usage and Context:

    • Conveying Cheerfulness or Ease: Indicates that something is done with a sense of joy, ease, or without worry.
      • Example: “Il répond allègrement aux questions.” (He answers the questions cheerfully.)
    • Depicting a Carefree Attitude: Often used to describe actions done without much concern or deep seriousness.
      • Example: “Elle traverse la vie allègrement.” (She goes through life lightheartedly.)

    Grammatical Structure:

    • Adverbial Use: “Allègrement” modifies verbs to describe the manner in which the action is performed.

    Cultural Notes:

    • The use of “allègrement” often reflects a value placed on positivity and a light-hearted approach to life, a common theme in French literature and cultural expressions.

    In Summary:

    “Allègrement” means “cheerfully,” “lightheartedly,” or “blithely” in French. It’s used to describe actions done in a happy, carefree, or effortless manner. The word is typically used as an adverb to modify verbs, indicating a cheerful or easygoing approach to actions or life situations.

    What does “pistou” mean?

    “Pistou” is a term in French cuisine that refers to a sauce made from garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil. It is similar to the Italian pesto, though it typically does not include pine nuts or cheese.

    Usage and Context:

    • Culinary Use: Used as a condiment or sauce in various dishes.
      • Example: It’s often served with pasta or added to soups like “soupe au pistou,” a vegetable soup popular in Provence, France.
    • Regional Cuisine: Particularly associated with the Provence region in the South of France.

    Ingredients and Preparation:

    • Primary Ingredients: Garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil are crushed or blended together to make pistou.
    • Variations: Some versions may include grated cheese like Parmesan or pecorino, though traditional pistou typically does not.

    Cultural Notes:

    • Pistou is a staple of Provençal cuisine and reflects the Mediterranean influences in the region, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients.
    • It’s particularly beloved in the summertime when basil is abundant.

    This clip is from the Balades podcast

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