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

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Beginners’ French: A trip to Avignon

2.10.2 Le musée Angladon-Dubrujeaud

Activité 53

Listen to Extract 71 in which you hear a museum guide talking about van Gogh. Match the events to the dates on which they occurred and put them in chronological order.

Trouvez les bonnes dates et remettez-les dans l'ordre.

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Framboise
Extrait 71
Philippe
Vincent van Gogh est né en 1853.
Enfant, il habite dans un petit village hollandais.
En suite, il habite à la Haye, à Londres, et à Paris.
En 1877 il va à Amsterdam.
Il fait des études de théologie.
En 1879 il passe un an en Belgique.
En 1880 il va à Bruxelles.
A Bruxelles il étudie l’art.
En 1886, il va à Paris
De 1886 à 1888, il habite à Paris, avec son frère Théo.
En 1888 il va à Arles.
Il passe un an à Arles, de 1888 à 1889.
Vincent est mort en juillet1890.
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Vincent van Gogh est né en 1853
Il va à Amsterdam en 1877
Il passe un an en Belgique en 1879
Il fait des études à Bruxelles en 1880
Il habite à Paris de 1886 à 1888
Il passe un an à Arles de 1888 à 1889
Il est mort en 1890

Distinguishing between as in ‘vin’ and [ã] as in ‘vent’

The name Vincent contains two nasal vowels.

It is vital to differentiate between these nasal vowels both in listening and speaking. Sometimes they are all that distinguishes between words appearing in similar locations, but with different meanings.

  • Il y a beaucoup de vent aujourd'hui.

  • There's a strong wind blowing today.

  • Il y a un bon vin aujourd'hui.

  • We have a really good wine in today.

Activité 54

Listen to Extract 72 and note down whichever word is said first, in each of the following pairs.

Écoutez et notez le premier mot.

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bain banc rein rang
cinq cent sang sain
gain gant teinte tente
penser pincer roman romain
plan plein vin vent

Answer

The first word you hear in each pair is in bold.

  • bain banc

  • cinq cent

  • gain gant

  • pincer penser

  • plein plan

  • rein rang

  • sain sang

  • teinte tente

  • romain roman

  • vin ven

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