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Choses a Savoir 06 Jul 2021, Quiz 1: quelle est la durée idéale des vacances

    Improve your ear for French with today’s daily listening quiz. It’s very fast – 61 words in 15 seconds. How many can you hear and understand?

    This clip is from Choses a Savoir (06 Jul 2021). Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Listen to the full episode here.

    15 seconds, 61 words
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    Alors.Voilà,questionquipeuttrouverréponsesdifférentesenfonctionpersonneonposesonimplication.Parexemple,si l'ondemandeemployeurduréeidéalevacancessesemployés,biensaréponseseracertainementmêmequesiquestion s'adresseet s'appliqueà lui-même.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Choses a Savoir (06 Jul 2021). We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    What is the ideal duration of vacation?

    Many sites online say Choses a Savoir is a good pick for podcasts, so I wanted to try it out. And immediately you’ll notice something special – it’s quick!

    This snippet is about 244 words per minute, that’s really fast. You can get a feel for that with what seems to be “alors voilà” at the start of this clip. And many liaisons and a quick speech to boot.

    It’s interesting that to me it doesn’t feel rushed. If I were to speak English at 244 words per minute, you’d know. French as the benefit of liaison’s and words that blend together making the speech feel smooth. The speaker even seems to pause briefly in the middle. The content is not as tricky nor esoteric as previous posts in the recent posts from Géopolitique. It feels more accessible, especially with the subject matter.

    However, the “ne …. pas” is almost unintelligible for me. I really stumbled there. Also, the question “quelle est la” is said so quickly it sounded like one word. Interesting how these common expressions: negatives and questions, can be uttered so quickly.

    I love this little snippet, a light joke quickly run through to open up his audio essay.

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    Alors. Voilà, une question qui peut trouver des réponses différentes en fonction de la personne à qui on la pose et de son implication. Par exemple, si l’on demande à un employeur quelle est la durée idéale des vacances pour ses employés, et bien sa réponse ne sera certainement pas la même que si cette question s’adresse et s’applique à lui-même.

    So. This is a question that can be answered differently depending on the person to whom it is asked and on his or her involvement. For example, if an employer is asked what is the ideal length of vacation for his employees, his answer will certainly not be the same as if this question is addressed to and applies to himself.

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