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

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

2.9.2 Au musée

In our example, the museum had four floors. Au rez-de-chaussée (ground floor) means literally ‘at the same level as the carriageway’. Some buildings will also have a rez-de-jardin when the rear of the building is lower than the front and level with the garden. If the building only had two floors, we could say ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’.

Activité 46

Listen to Extract 67 again and say the questions out loud at the same time as the recorded voice. Remember to vary your pitch.

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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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Making liaisons with words beginning with ‘h’

You may have noticed the pronunciation of the words en haut at the end of Extract 67. The letter ‘h’ plays a special role in the pronunciation of French words. Sometimes it is sounded and sometimes not. For example a word like heure is treated as though it actually began with the letters ‘eu’ pronounced as [ŒR]. Consequently in combinations like trois heures, deux hommes etc., the last consonant of the first word is sounded – in this case as [z] – to link it to the second word and make a liaison (see Making Liasons).

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