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Paris o’clock 042920 Quiz 9: Mais alors

    Improve your ear for French with this snippet from the podcast Paris o’clock. 70 words in 45 seconds, how many can you understand? Test yourself and practice your French listening comprehension.

    Learn French with a podcast! This clip is from Paris o’clock 29 April 2020 Episode. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full episode here.

    45 seconds, 70 words
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    NoussommesàLondres.deClaudeMonetestprésenté,il s'agitduBassinauxNymphéas, qu'ilapeintà.veutacheteretce jour-onatteint : 'pourdeClaudeMonet.Et 'unpeuaétépendantlamoitiédesavie.,quiétaitvraiment ?
    NoussommesàLondresetnousassistonsàuneventeauxenchères.UntableaudeClaudeMonetestprésenté,il s'agitduBassinauxNymphéas,untableaumythique qu'ilapeintàlafinde.veutachetercetableauetce jour-onatteint : 'pourdeClaudeMonet.Et 'unpeupourpeintreaétépendantlamoitiédesavie.,quiétaitvraiment ?

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    But then…

    I love the expression “alors”. I hear it daily here. It’s one of the reasons I want to speak French fluently. Then I would drop it in everywhere I can.

    Yesterday while waiting for a cocktail during our apero time. Actually, we were waiting to order. The server came over after about 15 minutes of waiting. She arrived, and I said “Alors….”

    It’s great, so much subtext without saying anything. But then, there isn’t quite as much subtext in the text below. No need for it all the time I suppose.

    Still so much to learn. Let’s continue together

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    Nous sommes le 26 juin 2008, à Londres et nous assistons à une vente aux enchères.

    Un tableau de Claude Monet est présenté, il s’agit du Bassin aux Nymphéas, un tableau mythique qu’il a peint à la fin de sa vie.
    Tout le monde veut acheter ce tableau et ce jour-là on atteint un record : 52 millions d’euros pour le tableau de Claude Monet.

    Et c’est un peu ironique pour un peintre qui a été très pauvre pendant la moitié de sa vie. Mais alors, qui était vraiment Claude Monet ?

    We are June 26, 2008, in London and we attend an auction.

    A painting by Claude Monet is presented, it is the Water Lilies Pond, a mythical painting he painted at the end of his life.
    Everyone wants to buy this painting and that day we reach a record: 52 million euros for Claude Monet’s painting.

    And that’s kind of ironic for a painter who’s been very poor for half his life. But then, who was Claude Monet really?

    The above text translated using Google Translate. Translation Link. The content in French is courtesy of Paris o’clock.

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    une vente aux enchères.

    il s’agit

    Bassin aux Nymphéas


    ce jour-là

    c’est un peu ironique

    très pauvre

    la moitié

    Mais alors

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