French Language Story Game 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.