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The important thing
Well, now we’re definitely going to sound like a broken record. Or maybe not, all I’m going to say is that the important thing is to open your mouth and speak. That’s what we can all agree on.
But with French, it always seemed missing something. I’ve always struggled with understanding, that’s why I created this site. I think it’s interesting that this podcast, Inner French, is one of the slowest on site. I know my clips are taking into account pauses, but even fast clips are under 150. Whereas Balades seems to hover around 150 and get faster when the speaker is excited.
I believe this one is quite accessible, but unfortunately not quite like French in the wild. I’m glad to be working through it and improving understanding of slow spoken French, but my goal is to really, really, really pick up the pace. With that, I’ll be able to take on French in France. And that’s the important thing.
What’s opening up for you in this clip? I’m open to any and all feedback, as always. Let me know.
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D’abord, il faut essayer de communiquer, communiquer même si vous faites des fautes, des erreurs, ce n’est pas très grave. L’important c’est de transmettre un message, de s’exprimer et après, quand vous êtes capable de faire ça, vous pouvez apprendre les règles pour pouvoir vous corriger et vous exprimer de façon plus claire. Mais la priorité, c’est d’essayer de s’exprimer, d’essayer de parler.
First of all, you have to try to communicate, communicate even if you make mistakes, errors, it’s not very serious. The important thing is to transmit a message, to express yourself and then, when you are able to do that, you can learn the rules to be able to correct yourself and express yourself more clearly. But the priority is to try to express yourself, to try to speak.
The above translation from Deepl. Source
What does “l’important” mean?
“L’important” is a French word that means “the important thing” in English. It is used to refer to something that is important or significant.
Here are some examples of “l’important” in use:
- L’important, c’est de passer du temps avec ceux qu’on aime. (The important thing is to spend time with those we love.)
- Peu importe l’heure, l’important est d’arriver à l’heure. (Regardless of the time, the important thing is to arrive on time.)
- L’important n’est pas de gagner, mais de participer. (The important thing is not to win, but to participate.)
As you can see from these examples, “l’important” can be used in a variety of contexts to highlight what is truly important in a given situation. It can refer to people, values, ideas, actions, or goals, among other things. Overall, “l’important” is a versatile and useful word in French that can help express important ideas or thoughts.
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