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French Pronunciation

Let's take a telephone call.

Allo?- Hello?
J'aimerais parler a Joseph Bergen, s'il vous plait. I would like to speak to Joseph Bergen, please.
Ne quittez pas,s'il vous plait. Hold on, please.
C'est la part de qui? Who's calling please?
Monsieur Fauconnier. Mr. Fauconnier
Eppelez, s'il vous plait. Please spell that.
F, a, c, o, n, n, i, e, r.
Repetez s'il vous plait. Please repeat.
Il ne repond pas. He does not answer.
Voulez-vous laisser une message? Would you like to leave a message?
Quel est votre numero de telephone? What is your telephone number?

Bonjour, Monsieur Fauconnier, s'il vous plait. Hello, Mr. Fauconnier, please.
A l'appareille. Speaking. (On the line.)
Comment vas-tu? How are you?
Quoi de neuf? What's new?
Pas grand chose. Not much.
Et la famille? Tout va bien? And your family? All is well?
Oui, oui, tres bien. Et la tienne? Yes, yes, very well. And yours?
Tres bien, merci. Very well, thank you.

When Mr. Fauconnier asks about Mr. Bergen's family, he asks "et la tienne?" Possessive such as this take the formal/plural or informal form just as pronouns do.

Here is how they work:


Masculine Feminine
Mine le mien la mienne
Yours (informal) le tien la tienne
His, hers le sien la sienne
Ours le notre la notre
Yours (formal/plural) le votre la votre
Theirs le leur la leur


Masculine Feminine
Mine les miens les miennes
Yours (informal) le tiens les tiennes
His, hers le siens les siennes
Ours le notres les notres
Yours (formal/plural) le votres les votres
Theirs le leurs les leurs

Remember that it is the gender of the noun that determines the gender of the article, so it is le sien for something that belongs to her, if that "something" is masculine.

Mon jardin et le sien My garden and his (or hers)
Ma maison et la sienne My house and his (or hers)
Mes chiens et les siens My dogs and his (or hers)
Ma mere et la sienne My mother and his (or hers)
Sa chambre est plus petite que la votre His (her) room is smaller than yours.
Il a recu des cadeaux de ma mere et de la tienne. He has received presents from my mother and yours.
Son auto est plus chere que la mienne. His (her) car is more expensive than mine.

Did that last one confuse you? "Auto" is feminine, but since it starts with a vowel, the pronoun used is "son". You will rarely find the sound of two vowels together. For example, both male and female friends sound the same. It is only when you see it written that you can see a difference: son ami (m) and son amie (f).

The Alphabet:
To spell out someone's name, you will have to know your alphabet. Some of the letters are pronounced the same as in English, but many are different.

W-doo bluh vay
Y-ee grek

Practice spelling words and names you know.

In order to recite telephone numbers, you should also practice your numbers at this time.

What Did We Learn?

Say in French:

  1. I would like to speak with:
  2. Please hold on.
  3. Please spell your name.
  4. Please repeat.
  5. What is your telephone number?
  6. I'm on the line (on the apparatus).
  7. What's new?
  8. All is well with your family?
  9. My car is bigger than his.
  10. But (mais) my car is more expensive than his car.


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