French Language Story: Le Voyage de Daniel 4



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 4.

In the fourth part of Daniel's trip to France, he spends a few days in Aix-en-Provence with his friends Pierre and Virginie. (Image of Aix-en-Provence by Linh Nguyen on unsplash)
Hear and read Part 4 of Daniel's trip in French.
It contains 140 basic words and phrases, which you hear and read in context.
With this story, you can test your Level of audio comprehension of French: If you understand most of the story, you are plus or minus on the Level of Threshhold or Intermediate, i.e. B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can check a Table on Wikipedia with the Levels here.
Once you've listened to the story and know the meaning of the words, play it again a few times. Don't translate in your head, just follow the meaning as best as you can.
To improve your pronunciation, repeat each sentence along with or right after the native speaker.

10 Key Verbs in the Travel Story

  • voir - to see
  • ouvrir - to open
  • entrer - to go in
  • revoir - to see again
  • tutoyer - to say "tu" (informal "you")
  • penser - to think
  • commander - to order (at a restaurant)
  • travailler - to work
  • savoir - to know (a fact, etc.)
  • marcher - to go, walk

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Translation of the Story

[Daniel has arrived in Aix-en-Provence. He has the address of Pierre, a French friend he met in Boston two years before, and goes to his apartment. Pierre's girlfriend Virginie opens the door.]
Narrator: Daniel finds 52 Mazarine Street.
Narrator: Virginie opens the door.
Narrator: She greets him:
Virginie: Hello Daniel, glad to finally meet you.
Daniel: Me too.
Virginie: Pierre told me a lot about you.
Daniel: Good things I hope!
Narrator: Daniel comes into the apartment.
Narrator: He sees another young woman.
Virginie: Mathilde, let me introduce Daniel to you, a friend of Pierre's from Boston.
Narrator: Then she says to Daniel:
Virginie: My sister Mathilde is visiting me.
Daniel: Hello Mathilde, delighted to meet you.
Virginie: Daniel, don't be so formal. You can say "tu" to each other!
Daniel: You don’t mind, Mathilde?
Mathilde: Of course not.
Narrator: She continues:
Mathilde: Among students we always say "tu."
Daniel: You are doing your studies in Aix-en-Provence?
Mathilde: No, I go to the university of Avignon.
Daniel: And me, I’m going to Avignon the day after tomorrow!
Mathilde: I'm going back Sunday.
Daniel: Perhaps we could see each other there.
Mathilde: Sure, but tomorrow I'd like to visit Aix-en-Provence.
Daniel: Me too, can I come with you?
Mathilde: Of course.
Narrator: A little later Pierre comes home.
Pierre: Hi Daniel, I'm glad that you're visiting us.
Daniel: Me too, I'm pleased to see you again.
Virginie: When were you exactly in Boston, Pierre?
Pierre: More than two years ago.
Daniel: Yes, we had a lot of fun at that time.
Narrator: Then Virginie says:
Virginie: We should think about lunch now.
Pierre: I can order a pizza.
Virginie: Good idea, I can make a salad.
Narrator: The next day is a Thursday.
Narrator: Daniel walks with Virginie and Mathilde in the old town.
Narrator: Virginie points to a café.
Virginie: The painter Paul Cézanne went often to the Café Clément.
Daniel: I believe that one can visit his studio here in Aix-en-Provence.
Virginie: Yes, and here is the bank where he worked until 1862.
Daniel: The bank? Paul Cézanne was a banker?
Narrator: Virginie explains:
Virginie: Yes he worked in his father’s bank before painting.
Daniel: Oh OK, I didn't know that!
Virginie: Paul Cezanne liked to live in Aix-en-Provence.
Narrator: They walk in the old town.
Narrator: Daniel admires the numerous old houses.
Narrator: On Cathedral Square, Virginie says
Virginie: The Saint Sauveur Cathedral is very ancient.
Daniel: When was it built?
Virginie: The bell tower was erected in 1323.
Daniel: America was discovered more than a hundred years later.
Virginie: We are proud of our cathedral!
Daniel: Are we going to see the Cours Mirabeau?
Virginie: Yes, it's the liveliest neighborhood of Aix-en-Provence.


French Language Story: Le Voyage de Daniel 3



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 3.

In the third part of his trip to France, Daniel stays a few more days in Paris.
He then takes a train to Aix-en-Provence to see a friend he had met in Boston.
Hear and read Part 3 of Daniel's trip in French.
It contains 140 basic words and phrases, all in context.
With this story, you can test your Level of audio comprehension of French: If you understand most of the story without looking at the English, you are plus or minus on the Level of Threshhold or Intermediate, i.e. B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can check a Table on Wikipedia with the Levels here.
Listened to the story a few times until you become familiar with its meaning without translating the words in your head.
Repeat the sentences a split-second after the speaker to really internalize the sounds and the rhythm of what you hear.

10 Key Verbs in the Travel Story

  • faire - to do
  • payer - to pay
  • vouloir - to want
  • rencontrer - to meet
  • visiter - to visit (a place)
  • aller - to go
  • prendre - to take
  • changer - to change
  • attendre - to wait
  • composer - to dial (a number)

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Translation of Story

[Daniel and his cousin Julie took a break on their tour of Paris to have coffee and some strawberry tarts at a Café. Now Daniel calls the waiter for the check.]
Daniel (to the waiter in a Café): Excuse me
Daniel: The check please!
Narrator: The waiter brings the check.
The waiter: Here you are. That makes 21 euros 45.
Narrator: The waiter leaves.
Daniel asks Julie: Can I pay with a credit card?
Julie: Yes, if you want.
Daniel: I have a hundred euros, I’m paying cash.
Narrator: Then he asks Julie:
Daniel: Is the service included?
Julie: Yes, in France always.
Narrator: Daniel stays a few more days in Paris.
Narrator: He walks in the city with his young cousin.
Narrator: He meets Julie’s friends.
Narrator: He visits several museums
Narrator: And he learns a lot of things about the history of the city.
Narrator: He's particularly interested in the Louvre Museum.
Narrator: On Wednesday Aunt Annie accompanies Daniel to the train station.
Narrator: At the ticket window, he says:
Daniel: One second class ticket to Aix-en-Provence, please.
Ticket Agent: One-way or return?
Daniel: One-way, please.
Ticket Agent: That makes 75 euros by the TGV.
Daniel: Here are 80 euros.
Ticket Agent: Thank you, and here are 5 euros.
Narrator: Daniel takes his ticket.
Narrator: Then he asks the ticket agent:
Daniel: When does the next TGV to Aix-en-Provence leave?
Ticket Agent: In seven minutes, at six eighteen p.m.
Daniel: Do I have to change trains?
Ticket Agent: No, the TGV is direct.
Daniel: Thank you. Do you know on which track?
Ticket Agent: One moment - track number twelve.
Daniel: Thanks a lot for your help.
Ticket Agent: You're welcome and have a good trip.
Narrator: Daniel goes to track 12.
Narrator: He doesn't wait long before the train arrives.
Narrator: In the train he finds right away a seat by the window.
Narrator: Just as he begins to read his guidebook, he hears:
Young woman: Is this seat still available?
Daniel: Yes, of course.
Narrator: A young woman sits down next to him.
Narrator: Less than three hours later, Daniel arrives in Aix-en-Provence.
Narrator: He has the address of a friend from Boston.
Narrator: He dials the number on his cell phone.
Narrator: A woman picks up.
Daniel: Hello, could I speak to Pierre please?
Young woman: I’m sorry, he's not yet here.
Narrator: Then she asks:
Young woman: Who's calling?
Daniel: Daniel Dumont, I’m a friend from Boston.
Young Woman: Ah Daniel! I'm Virginie, Pierre's girlfriend.
Daniel: Hello Virginie. When will he be back?
Virginie: In a quarter of an hour.


French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 2



French Language Story: Le voyage de Daniel 2.

In the second part of Daniel's trip to France, he visits his aunt and uncle in Paris.
His cousin Julie shows him around the city.
Hear and read Part 2 of Daniel's trip in French.
It contains 135 basic words and phrases, all in context.
With this story, you can test your Level of audio comprehension of French: If you understand most of the story without looking at the English, you are plus or minus on the Level of Threshhold or Intermediate, i.e. B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can check a Table on Wikipedia with the Levels here.
Once you've listened to the story and know the meaning of the words, play it again a few times and try not to translate.
To improve your pronunciation, repeat each sentence with or right after the native speaker.

10 Key Verbs in the Travel Story

  • manger - to eat
  • boire - to drink
  • montrer - to show
  • apporter - to take, bring
  • demander - to ask
  • écrire - to write
  • regarder - to look, look at
  • se promener - to walk, stroll
  • acheter - to buy
  • trouver - to find

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Translation of the Story

[Daniel has just arrived in Paris on a flight from Boston. He gets a ride to his aunt and uncle's apartment in Paris.]
Uncle Paul: Welcome to our place, Daniel.
Daniel: Thank you, uncle Paul. I’m glad to be here.
Julie (Daniel's cousin): Hello Daniel! Did you have a good trip?
Daniel: A little long, but my neighbor was nice.
Julie: Would you like something to eat?
Daniel: No, thank you, perhaps a little later.
Julie: Or maybe something to drink?
Daniel: I’d like very much an orange juice!
Julie: Fine. Come with me to the kitchen.
Narrator: Daniel drinks his orange juice in the kitchen.
Narrator: His cousin Julie shows him his room.
Narrator: Daniel takes his suitcase to the guest room.
Narrator: He is tired and sleeps a little.
Narrator: Julie wakes him at noon. She calls:
Julie: Wake up Daniel! It is lunch time!
Narrator: At lunch Daniel asks uncle Paul:
Daniel: Do you have photos of your grandparents?
Uncle Paul: Photos? Why?
Daniel: I'd like to write the story of our family.
Uncle Paul: That is a good idea.
Daniel: I need photos for our family tree.
Uncle Paul: Here's our old photo album.
Daniel: Thank you.
Narrator: Daniel looks at the album.
Daniel: Is that grandfather Maurice?
Uncle Paul: Yes. My sister Catherine has even more photos.
Narrator: The next day is a Saturday.
Narrator: Julie has no classes.
Narrator: She wants to show Paris to Daniel.
Narrator: They are walking on the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Square.
Julie explains: A “square” is a place where there often are markets.
Daniel: And the church over there?
Julie: It's the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Daniel: It is really a beautiful monument.
Julie explains again: It was founded fifteen hundred years ago.
Julie (a little later): Are you coming with me Daniel?
Daniel: Where to?
Julie: I have to buy something at the Galeries Lafayette.
Daniel: The Galeries Lafayette? What is it?
Julie: It is a Parisian department store.
Daniel: Cool. I'm coming with you.
Julie: Do you need something as well?
Daniel: I need a travel guide.
Julie: No problem.
Narrator: Then she says:
Julie: One finds everything at the Galeries Lafayette!
Daniel: After that, we’re going to have something to drink.
Narrator: Daniel and Julie make their purchases.
Narrator: Later, they're sitting on the terrace of a café.
Daniel: I'm inviting you. What are you having?
Julie: I’d like a strawberry tart.
Daniel: That looks good. And to drink?
Julie: An orange juice.
Daniel: I am going to have an espresso. Sir!
Waiter: Yes. What can I serve you?
Daniel: Two strawberry tarts, please.
Narrator: Then he says:
Daniel: And an orange juice and an espresso.
Waiter: Right away.


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.
With this story, you can test your Level of audio comprehension of French: If you understand most of the story without looking at the English, you are plus or minus on the Level of Waystage or Elementary, i.e. A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can check a Table on Wikipedia with the Levels here.
Play the story several times. To practice your pronunciation, repeat each sentence after, or along with the speaker.

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.