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Manger ep. 1, Quiz 5: revenons

    Improve your ear for French with this snippet from the Manger podcast. 52 words in 15 seconds, how many can you hear? Quiz yourself and improve your French listening comprehension.

    This clip is from Manger Episode 1. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Listen to the full episode here.

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    The following musings were originally posted in July 2021, they now refer to this post.

    Or perhaps “so to say” in this context? I definitely had to slow this one down to 75% speed, as well. There are a few words I’m checking with a native speaker to make sure I’m hearing them right.

    Even the phrase just before this title phrase is difficult for me to hear and I’m only partially sure if that is exactly the transcription.

    Namely: en vs un. I’m not sure I’m hearing one or the other, and the translation isn’t really helping perfect it. Which are you hearing? Any mistakes you see in the transcriptions, please let me know. These are taken from the Youtube CC, so mistakes may be lurking for us…

    Even still, we can spot some words. For beginner version, I’ve focused on articles, pronouns, and some vocab. Parents and toujours jumped right out at me and I could hear them in the mix. I also was able to use “sex and the city” to anchor my understanding.

    I find I’m doing this in class and in conversations with French people. If I spot a word I know, or an English word, I can work backwards/around to build the meaning from context. Do you find yourself doing something similar here? For example, “sur M6 becomes easier for me to hear because of the English.

    Maybe we’ll take another break from Manger… It might still be too soon for me!

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    Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?

    Mais revenons à la passion de Simon pour les céréales. Je l’ai appelé un matin, vers 10 h sur Skype, après son petit-déjeuner, pour savoir comment tout a commencé. Il a lancé Passion Céréales le 1er avril dernier.

    But back to Simon’s passion for cereal. I called him one morning around 10am on Skype after breakfast to find out how it all started. He launched Passion Cereals on April 1.

    The above translation from Deepl. Source

    What does “revenons” mean?

    “Revenons” is the first person plural form of the French verb “revenir,” which means “to come back” or “to return” in English. “Revenons” translates to “let’s go back” or “let’s return” and is often used in conversation or writing to redirect the focus or topic of discussion back to a previous point.

    For example, if someone is discussing a particular topic and starts to go off on a tangent, another person might say “revenons à notre sujet principal” which means “let’s go back to our main topic”. Similarly, in writing, “revenons à nos moutons” (let’s return to our sheep) is a commonly used expression to bring the conversation or text back on track.

    Overall, “revenons” is a useful verb form that allows speakers and writers to redirect the conversation back to a previous point or topic of discussion.

    What does “dernier” mean?

    “Dernier” is a French word that means “last” or “latest” in English. It is used to refer to the most recent or final thing in a series or sequence.

    For example, “le dernier jour” means “the last day” and “le dernier livre” means “the latest book.” In French, “dernier” agrees in gender and number with the noun it modifies, so it can take different forms depending on the context. For example, “la dernière heure” means “the last hour” and “les derniers jours” means “the last few days.”

    “Dernier” can also be used to refer to the previous one in a sequence, rather than the most recent. For example, “l’année dernière” means “last year” and “le mois dernier” means “last month.”

    Overall, “dernier” is a common and versatile French word that is used to indicate the last or most recent item in a series or sequence.

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