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

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon


Activité 8

1. In Extract 43 you heard some of the language you will need to book a hotel room. Match the French with the English.

Trouvez les équivalents.

(a) Je voudrais une chambre.(i) For two people for three nights.
(b) Pour deux personnes pour trois nuits.(ii) For how many nights?
(c) Avec douche ou salle de bains?(iii) l'd like a room.
(d) Pour combien de nuits?(iv) How do you spell that?
(e) Comment ça s'écrit?(v) With a shower or bathroom?

2. Now practise booking hotel rooms. Use the visual clues below. Prepare your answers orally.

Réservez des chambres.


Je voudrais une chambre avec douche pour deux personnes pour trois nuits.

3. Listen to Extract 44 to check your requests and repeat in the pauses.

Écoutez et répétez

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1 (a) (iii), (b) (i), (c) (v), (d) (ii), (e) (iv).

2/3 Check your answers against the audio clip and in the dialogue given below:

Écoutez et répétez.

Numéro 1 Je voudrais une chambre avec douche pour deux personnes pour trois nuits.

Numéro 2 Je voudrais une chambre avec salle de bains pour une personne pour cinq nuits.

Numéro 3 Je voudrais une chambre avec WC pour deux personnes pour une nuit.

Numéro 4 Je voudrais une chambre avec douche pour une personne pour deux nuits.

Using ‘Il y a’

To enquire about hotel facilities, the tourist in Extract 43 said:

Il y a une piscine? Is there a swimming-pool?

Il y a means both ‘there is’ and ‘there are’.

Il y a un sauna et une salle de gym. There is a sauna and a gym.

Il y a des poupées pour les enfants. There are some dolls for the children.

In a question you should raise the pitch of your voice at the end of the sentence

Il y a une piscine?

Oui, il y a une piscine.

Il y a des magasins près de l'hôtel? Are there any shops near the hotel? Oui, il y a une librairie et un bureau de tabac. Yes, there is a bookshop and a bureau de tabac.

In the answer, the pitch of your voice drops at the end of the sentence.

Improving your speaking skills

Do as much reading out loud as you can. This helps you to memorise language and to become familiar with pronouncing the sounds. Practise intonation (varying the pitch of your voice). For example, read out the transcripts while you play the extracts, imitating the rise and fall in the speakers' voices.


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