Getting started with French 3
Getting started with French 3

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Getting started with French 3

6 Asking for directions and discovering more vocabulary

Based on what you have learned so far in the course, have a go at Activity 13 where you will ask for directions in Bordeaux.

Activity 13

You are at the tourist office in Bordeaux and you want to go to the four places shown in these photos. Look at the photos and ask questions in four different ways to practise the structures you have learnt to ask for directions.

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Figure 2 (1) Bordeaux railway station, (2) Bordeaux town hall, (3) one of the universities in Bordeaux and (4) a cinema in Bordeaux
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Discussion

This is one possible answer. You could have used different structures with each of the destinations.

Où est la gare, s’il vous plaît?

Je cherche l’université, c’est où, s’il vous plaît?

Pour aller à l’hôtel de ville, s’il vous plaît?

(Est-ce qu’) il y a un cinéma près d’ici, s’il vous plaît?

In the next activity, you will read about the town of Béziers.

Activity 14

Part 1

You are in the tourist office in the French town of Béziers. Read the leaflet and then answer the following questions in English.

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Figure 3 Béziers…La cathédrale Saint-Nazaire, Les 9 écluses sur le canal du Midi, Église de la Madeleine

You are interested in old churches. What are you most likely to visit in Béziers?

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Discussion

Saint Nazaire cathedral; the Romanesque church of Saint Mary Magdalen.

Where can you find out about Béziers and its heritage?

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Discussion

At the museum.

What kinds of eating places does the brochure mention?

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Discussion

Michelin-starred restaurants and those offering regional specialities.

Where should you go to find out about sports and leisure?

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Discussion

At the town hall or tourist office.

Part 2

Read the leaflet again and find the French for:

  • the amphitheatre
  • the concert halls
  • the vineyards
  • the beaches
  • watersports.
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Discussion

  • the amphitheatre = les arènes (f.pl.)
  • the concert halls = les salles de concerts (f.pl.)
  • the vineyards = les vignobles (m.pl.)
  • the beaches = les plages (f.pl.)
  • watersports = les sports aquatiques (m.pl.)

Part 3

Now, based on what you’ve learnt about Béziers, ask for directions to three different places which interest you, using Où est…? ‘Pour aller…? and ‘Je cherche… c’est où?

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Discussion

Your response will depend on your interests. Here are some possible questions:

  1. Où est la cathédrale Saint-Nazaire, s’il vous plaît ?
  2. Pour aller aux arènes, s’il vous plaît ?
  3. Je cherche le musée du Bitterois, c’est où, s’il vous plaît ?
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