Ashlie and Stephen do some shopping in Paris - and improve their French!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We can use expressions with '-ing' to explain how we do things. For example, the picture seller says:

  • I always pick up new words talking to tourists.

The expression 'talking to tourists' explains how she learns new words.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hi Peter,

I got your point. Thanks a lot for your great help, indeed!

Kind regards,
Kaofeng

Hi, I also use word "French" for people (I´m French, Are you French?), but I looked it up in my dictionary and it says "Frenchman". Which one is correct? And what I say when I speak with a woman? Thank you!

Hi Verunka,

Both of these options are correct, but they different.

I'm French.

Here the word is an adjective.  You can also say 'I have a French car', for example, where the adjective is used with a noun.

I'm a Frenchman.

Here the word is a (compound) noun.  You can also say 'The Frenchman got into his car and drove away', where the noun is used as the subject of a verb.

I hope that clarifies it for you.  You can, of course, also say 'French woman' or 'French person' (these are written as two words) instead.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter, thank you for the explanation!

Hello Peter im Aaron again i just want to ask if what is more formal always or often? Thank you!!

Hello Aaron,

Usually when we talk about different levels of formality we compare words that mean the same, such as the greetings 'Hey there!' and 'Hello'.  Here we have two words with quite different meanings, so we can't substitute one for the other.  I would say that neither of these words is particularly formal or informal; both can be used in any context and they are neutral in terms of style.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi british council, I have tried so hard to understand all the expressions in task 3, but I'm not 100% made it.

Would you explain it more for me? I'll wait your reply, sir. Thank you!

Hi fernandd,

There are a few expressions in Task 3, and I'm sure you will understand some of the expressions without any problems, such as 'playing' and 'football', for example. Others I think you might be able to work out for yourself if you use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search tool on the right of the page. Try that, and then if there are any items you still can't understand then post them as a reply to this and I'll be happy to help you out with them.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team!
Thanks for your great effort.
As I am trying this whole series again and again, I have some questions. In this clip, Stephen says, "I read on the internet about a great area". But I can't catch the word 'internet'. Does he say it in short? How can I understand if someone says that word like that? Thank you very much.

Hello Aung Thet Naing,
I've listened to the fragment and he definitely says it, though as you probably know in fast connected speech in English some words can be hard to catch.  Try listening again and maybe this time you'll catch it.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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