1 La prononciation headset
To pronounce vous and tu correctly, you must make a clear distinction between the sounds ou and u. Both are made with the lips in a small circle. With the u sound, the lips are more tightly compressed. Listen now to the following words and repeat after each one.
L’air est pur.
The air is pure.
Je suis pour.
Is it you?
Now look at the following words and read them out, one at a time, before the French version. Read out the first word now, then start up your audio player.
2 Les expressions vivantes headset
To get you comfortable with speaking French, here are some more sentences to listen to and repeat. Keep practising until you can run them off fluently.
Comment tu t’appelles?
What’s your name? (Informal)
Vous vous appelez comment?
What’s your name? (Formal)
Tu pourrais faire attention, chauffard! T’as eu ton permis dans une pochette surprise?
You could pay attention, road hog. Did you get your driving licence in a lucky dip?
3 Avez-vous bien compris?
Have you understood?
Would you use tu or vous in the following situations?
1) You join a gym club. You are introduced to the teacher and then to fellow members of the club.
2) You go for a drink round the corner and starting chatting with the locals.
3) Your boss at work invites you to a cocktail party.
4) You want to talk to a cat, a dog or other animal.
1) For both teacher and fellow members, begin by using ‘vous’. Listen out for how they speak to you. If they begin to use ‘tu’, follow suit.
2) Begin with ‘vous’. Listen for a signal to move to ‘tu’.
3) Begin with ‘vous’. Your manager may use ‘tu’ as the evening wears on, only to return to an abrupt ‘vous’ the next morning at work. Don’t be surprised: it happens often.
4) Tu… there are those who address their pets as ‘vous’, but it’s a sign of extreme eccentricity.
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