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Inner French ep. 001, quiz 5: de plus en plus

    Improve your French listening comprehension with this clip from the Inner French podcast. It’s 81 words in 41 seconds. How many can you hear and understand?

    This clip is from the Inner French podcast Episode 001. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full podcast here.

    41 seconds, 81 words

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    The above audio sample and transcription is from the Inner French podcast episode 001. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    More and more

    I’m understanding more and more French, and my only interactions with the language are my quizzes on this site. I don’t recommend that you rely fully on this site. Oh contraire, I think you should have 3 or 4 different parts of your language learning. But, as I’m about to head to Japan for a long stay, I’ve changed my other language apps to Japanese. TTFN French learning on other apps. However, I will keep up this work.

    What are you finding with these quizzes?

    This passage might be A2-B1 level. It feels pretty accessible with some phrases, such as “je dirais” are a bit more challenging. I don’t think in my A1 classes I covered any other verb tenses beyond simple past tense.

    What do you think of this podcast choice? I’m open to any and all feedback, as always. Let me know.

    The snippet in English

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

    Alors, je vais vous dire quelques mots sur moi, je vais me présenter, comme c’est le premier podcast. Moi je m’appelle Hugo, je suis professeur en Pologne, à Varsovie, c’est la capitale de la Pologne, depuis plusieurs années. Comme je vous l’ai dit, je fais ce podcast spécialement pour les personnes qui apprennent le français et qui ont un niveau, je dirais, intermédiaire. Si ces personnes, si vous écoutez ce podcast, vous allez pouvoir comprendre de plus en plus de choses.

    So, I’m going to tell you a few words about myself, I’m going to introduce myself, as this is the first podcast. My name is Hugo, I’m a teacher in Poland, in Warsaw, it’s the capital of Poland, for several years. As I said, I’m doing this podcast especially for people who are learning French and who have an intermediate level. If these people, if you listen to this podcast, you will be able to understand more and more things.

    The above translation from Deepl. Source

    What does “de plus en plus” mean?

    “De plus en plus” is a French phrase that means “more and more.” It is used to describe a gradual increase or improvement in a situation. The phrase is used to describe a trend, a progression, or a change that occurs over time.

    For example:

    • “Je comprends de plus en plus le français” (I am understanding French more and more)
    • “Le trafic est de plus en plus dense” (Traffic is becoming more and more congested)

    The phrase “de plus en plus” is commonly used in spoken and written French, and it is a versatile expression that can be used in a variety of contexts to describe changes, developments, or improvements. It can be used to describe changes in quantity, quality, frequency, or intensity, among other things.

    It is important to note that the phrase “de plus en plus” can only be used to describe a positive or neutral trend, and not a negative one. If you want to describe a negative trend, you would use the phrase “de moins en moins” (less and less).

    What does “je dirais” mean?

    “Je dirais” is a phrase that means “I would say.” It is a form of the verb “dire” (to say) conjugated in the first person singular and in the conditional tense. The conditional tense is used to express a hypothetical situation or a possibility. The phrase “je dirais” is used to express an opinion, a suggestion, or a tentative estimate.

    For example:

    • “Je dirais qu’il fait beau aujourd’hui” (I would say it’s nice today)
    • “Je dirais que c’est un bon film” (I would say it’s a good movie)

    The construction “Je dirais” is common in spoken French and is used to express a polite or non-committal opinion. It is also often used when giving an estimate or a rough idea, without being completely certain. The phrase is often followed by a verb in the subjunctive mood, which expresses a subjective or doubtful action.

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