Intermediate French: 14 July
Intermediate French: 14 July

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1.2 Habitudes et projets

What do people normally do on 14 July? And this year, will they all enjoy the celebrations or will some of them have good reasons for not getting involved?

Activité 5 Le quatorze juillet – Habitudes et projets

Regardez la séquence vidéo ‘Le quatorze juillet’ du début jusqu’à ‘énormément de présence policière ce jour-là’. Dites qui a dit quoi. Attention: il y a deux phrases sans auteur.

Pour vous aider

  • franche (m. franc) honest

  • je loupe (slang) I miss (from louper)

  • je n’arrive pas à… I can’t manage to… (from arriver à)

  • rater (informal) to miss

  • jeter un coup d’œil to have a look

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The reasons for working

Combien de personnes travaillent généralement ce jour-là? Expliquez quelle est la raison pour chacun.

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Answer

Trois personnes travaillent généralement le quatorze juillet: Félicien, parce qu’il est portedrapeau et participe au défilé militaire; Madame Morand, parce que beaucoup de monde vient dans son magasin ce jour-là; Dominique Isaac, parce que le défilé et le feu d’artifice nécessitent beaucoup de présence policière.

en passant

You will have noticed how some of the people interviewed repeated the question they had just been asked. This is a good technique to give yourself some time to think.

  • QUESTION: Et qu’est-ce que vous faites ce jour-là?

  • MAÎTRE BOURGEOIS: Que faisons-nous ce jour-là? […]

Yasmina used this technique earlier in the video, and also voiced her indecision by asking herself a question:

  • QUESTION: Qu’est-ce que ça commémore le plus pour vous?

    YASMINA: Qu’est-ce que ça commémore? Qu’est-ce que je peux répondre à ça? Qu’est-ce que je peux répondre à ça? […]

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