French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 1



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 1.
In the first part of Daniel's trip to France, he flies from Boston to Paris.
Hear and read Part 1 of his trip in French.
It contains 130 basic words and phrases, all in context.
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10 Key Verbs in the Travel Story

  • parler - to speak
  • pratiquer - to practice
  • apprendre - to learn
  • être - to be
  • rester - to stay
  • venir - to come
  • chercher - to look for
  • habiter - to live, reside
  • voir - to see
  • faire signe - to wave 

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Translation of Story

[Daniel is on a flight from Boston to Paris. It's his first visit to France.]
Flight Attendant: What would you like to drink?
Daniel: An apple juice, please.
Flight Attendant (surprised): You speak French.
Daniel: Yes, but it's my first trip to France.
Woman (sitting beside Daniel): I am glad that you speak French.
Narrator: She continues:
Woman: I don't speak English very well.
Daniel: No problem. I can practice my French.
Woman: You speak French very well.
Daniel: Thank you.
Woman: But, are you American?
Daniel: Yes, I was born in Boston.
Woman: Where did you learn French?
Daniel: At first at home, and then in school.
Woman: At home? Do your parents speak French?
Daniel: Yes, my father is French.
Daniel: My mother is Canadian, from Quebec.
Woman: But it’s your first trip to France?
Daniel: Yes, I'm paying a visit to my family and my friends.
[The flight arrives in Paris.]
Daniel (to the Officer at Passport Control): Hello!
Officer: Hello! You speak French.
Daniel: Yes, but I was born in Boston.
Officer: Are you here on business?
Daniel: No, I'm paying a visit to my friends and my family.
Officer: How long are you staying in France?
Daniel: I am staying almost three weeks.
Officer: Very well. Have a good stay in France then.
[Daniel goes to the Baggage Claim area to wait for his suitcase.]
Woman (his neighbor on the plane): Is someone coming to pick you up?
Daniel: Yes, my aunt is coming to pick me up.
Woman: Where does your aunt live?
Daniel: In Paris, on Lafayette Street.
Woman: I also live on Lafayette Street.
Daniel: What a coincidence!
Woman: There is my suitcase! Good-bye then!
Daniel: Good-bye.
[His Aunt Annie meets Daniel at the Airport.]
Aunt Annie (at Terminal): Hello Daniel!
Daniel: Good morning, aunt Annie.
Aunt Annie: I am glad to see you.
Daniel: It’s nice of you to come pick me up.
Aunt Annie: No problem!
Narrator: Then she says:
Aunt Annie: My nephew, in France for the first time!
Daniel: My parents say hello to you.
Aunt Annie: Thank you! Who is the woman who is waving to you?
Daniel: She was sitting next to me in the airplane. 

Posted 11:00AM on March 22 2018 by Ulrike Rettig
Categories: French | Tags: French, French language story, French story, Le voyage de daniel 1