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

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

Section 2.9

2.9.1 Looking at a plan

You will be looking at a plan of the museum in order to find your way around.

Key Learning Points

  • Understanding directions in a building

  • Understanding what is or is not allowed

  • Making liaisons with words beginning with ‘h’

Activité 44

Look at the plan of the museum. List the words that you know or can guess the meaning of.

Vous reconnaissez des mots? Faites une liste.

Answer

The words and phrases you recognised probably include: salle de classe, temporaires, toilettes, handicapés, distributeur, souvenirs, téléphone, cafétéria. You could now check the words that you didn't recognise in your dictionary.

Words that are similar in English and French

Sometimes words look alike in French and English, though they may be pronounced differently, for example commonly used words such a cafétéria, toilettes, restaurant, souvenirs. Some words assume different meanings in the two languages over time. Their surface resemblance becomes misleading. These are called faux amis (or false friends)

  • terrible can mean ‘terrible’ but can also mean ‘terrific’

  • formidable fabulous, fantastic, great!

  • une allée a driveway, a tree-lined avenue

  • un car a coach

  • le conducteur the driver

Such similarities may help you decipher the meaning of a word, but must be treated with care. You could start a list of them, annotated as above.

Some borrowings from English are derogatorily referred to as franglais. They can be quite easy to understand (for example crasher to crash (computers or aeroplanes); le parking the car park; le camping the campsite), but some are faux amis: un smoking is a dinner jacket, and un sweat (pronounced ‘sweet’) is a sweatshirt!

Vocabulaire
en haut upstairs

Activité 45

At the entrance to the museum a robot answers queries from tourists. However, it is not functioning correctly. Listen to Extract 67 while looking at the plan of the museum and complete the table.

Écoutez l'extrait..

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Framboise
Extrait 67
Annie
La cafétéria, c’est où ?
Philippe
au rez-de-chaussée
Valérie
Le magasin de souvenirs, c’est où ?
Philippe
au sous-sol, à côté de la cafétéria
Bernard
Le vestiaire, c’est où ?
Philippe
au rez-de chaussée, à côté de la cafétéria
Framboise
Les toilettes femmes, elles sont où ?
Philippe
Au deuxième étage
Annie
La salle Daudet, c’est où ?
Philippe
au premier étage
Valérie
La salle Cézanne, c’est où ?
Philippe
Au deuxième étage
Bernard
Les téléphones, ils sont où ?
Philippe
au premier étage
Framboise
La salle de projection, elle est où ?
Philippe
Au sous-sol
Annie
La bibliothèque, elle est où ?
Philippe
En haut
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Écoutez l'extrait et cochez ‘Vrai’ ou ‘Faux’

Vrai/Faux Correction
La cafétéria Vrai
Le magasin de souvenirs
Le vestiaire
Les toilettes femmes
La salle Daudet
La salle Cézanne
Les téléphones
La salle de projection
La bibliothèque

Answer

Vrai / Faux Correction
La cafétéria Vrai
Le magasin de souvenirs Faux au rez-de-chaussée, à côté de la caisse
Le vestiaire Vrai
Les toilettes femmes Faux au premier étage
La salle Daudet Faux au rez-de-chassée
La salle Cézanne Faux au premier étage
Les téléphones Vrai
La salle de projection Faux au deuxième étage
La bibliothèque Faux en bas, au sous-sol
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