Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon
Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

Session 1

1.1 Autour d'Avignon

In this session, you and and your friend Christine are exploring Avignon. You look at the town plan opposite the station, and Christine stops a passer-by to ask for help.

Key Learning Points

  • Asking for and understanding directions

  • Using être

  • Making liaisons

Activité 1

Listen to Extract 39 and find the various places on the town plan. The first one has been done as an example.

Écoutez l'extrait 39 et indiquez la lettre

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Extrait 39
Framboise (Christine)
Pardon madame, nous sommes où exactement?
On est ici, en face de la gare, boulevard Saint Roch
Framboise (Christine)
Ah oui, merci! Et l’office du tourisme, c’est où?
C’est juste là, sur le cours Jean Jaurès.
Framboise (Christine)
Et la mairie?
l’Hôtel de ville ? C’est au bout de la rue de la République, sur la place de l’Horloge.
Framboise (Christine)
Oui, je vois! Et le musée Calvet, c’est où?
C’est rue Joseph Vernet, à droite, après le boulevard Raspail.
Framboise (Christine)
Ah oui, très bien ! Je cherche aussi le commissariat. C’est où?
C’est Quai St Lazare.
Framboise (Christine)
Et la piscine. C’est où?
C’est sur l’île de la Barthelasse. Vous traversez le Rhône par le pont de l’Europe.
Framboise (Christine)
C’est loin?
À 30 minutes à pied.
Framboise (Christine)
Et la poste, c’est où?
Le bureau de Poste est cours Président Kennedy.
Framboise (Christine)
Merci beaucoup madame.
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Office du tourisme – C

  1. La mairie (L'hôtel de ville)

  2. Le musée Calvet
  3. Le commissariat

  4. La piscine

  5. La poste

a bout deat the end of
le commissariatthe police station
la piscinethe swimming-pool
à piedon foot
la postethe post office


  1. La mairie, l'hôtel de ville – B

  2. Le musée Calvet – D

  3. Le commissariat – F

  4. La piscine – A

  5. La poste – E


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