Paris Scene 1

Ashlie and Stephen travel to Paris, where Steven shows off his French and Ashlie tries a famous French dish - by accident!

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What famous Parisian landmarks can you think of?
  • Have you ever eaten French food?
  • What famous French dishes do you know?

Watch Ashlie and Stephen as they visit Paris together.

Transcript

Ashlie: Come on, Stephen.

Stephen: I’m coming!

Ashlie: We’re going on a trip to Paris. It’s a very short train ride from London and it’s a chance to experience some French culture and do some shopping.

Stephen: Ashlie’s never been to Paris before. I’ve been loads of times and I’m looking forward to practising my French.

Ashlie: Come on, you. You can practise your French on the train. Paris, here we come!

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Stephen: Avez-vous, avez-vous…

Ashlie: That’s good, Stephen, good to see you making an effort.

Stephen: Merci beaucoup – that’s 'thank you' in French.

Ashlie: Right. So how long does it take? About two and a half hours? So we will be in Paris just in time for dinner.

Stephen: We can get something to eat on the train.

Ashlie: No, let’s wait until we get to Paris. French food is fantastic. I want to eat in a French café. I don’t want to eat a train sandwich when I could eat a lovely French meal.

Stephen: OK, then.

Ashlie: Oh, and you can order the food in French.

Stephen: Great, I’m going to practise. What’s French for 'dinner'?

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Ashlie: Wow, here we are. Ooh, it’s so exciting to be in Paris. Right, we need to get a taxi. I want to see the Eiffel Tower first and then we can have something to eat.

Stephen: There aren’t any taxis here. Let me ask someone. Excusez-moi.

Frenchman: Oui?

Stephen: Où est le taxi?

Frenchman: Il y en a juste là-bas là.

Stephen: Merci.

Ashlie: Merci.

Stephen: See, Ashlie, you would never have found a taxi without me.

Ashlie: Yeah, yeah, come on!

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Ashlie: Right, now we’ve done some sightseeing, it’s time for something to eat.

Stephen: What do you want, Ash? Here comes the waiter.

Ashlie: Erm, can I have one of those, please?

Stephen: Are you sure?

Ashlie: Yes, I’m sure.

Stephen: Bonsoir. Je voudrais un steak-frites, deux cafés au lait et un escargots.

Waiter: OK. Des escargots, un steak-frites, deux cafés au lait.

Stephen: Erm, yes. Oui. C’est tout.

Ashlie: Merci.

Stephen: That’s great, Ash, he understood.

Ashlie: Well, I certainly didn’t. That’s good, Stephen. It’s so good to see you trying to practise your French.

Stephen: Well, I need to work on my pronunciation. I didn’t sound very French, did I? 

Ashlie: You got the food, that’s the important thing. Well done!

Stephen: Well, I think it’s polite. You have to try and speak the language of the country you’re visiting. You’ve got to practise if you want to learn.

Ashlie: Yeah, I suppose you’re right.

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Ashlie: What are they? They look like snails. I didn’t order those!

Stephen: Yes, you did. That’s what you pointed to in the menu.

Ashlie: Stephen! I haven’t eaten snails before.

Stephen: Well, try them. You might like them. Bon appétit!

Ashlie: Hmm, they’re good. But I’m going to make sure I know what I’m ordering next time – so when I go shopping, I don’t make any mistakes.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We use the infinitive after some verbs, nouns and adjectives:

  • I hope to see you soon. (verb + infinitive)
  • It's time to go. (noun + infinitive)
  • I'm pleased to meet you. (adjective + infinitive)

Make complete sentences using the infinitive forms.

Exercise

Average: 5 (2 votes)
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Submitted by jogrereco on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 00:46

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I have a question related to cultural behaviour. When Stephen asked to a french person where the taxi station was he touches his back to get his attention. Is it culturally correct to do so in France or England?. I wouldn´t do that if I were in a foreign country and I had to ask a strange. Thanks.

Hello jogrereco,

You're right, it does seem a bit strange. I wouldn't do it, either, and I think many British people would also avoid it, though I also expect there are some who would. I'm not as sure about how common such a gesture would be in France.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks very much. So glad to be in this platform!! I am an English teacher in Venezuela and besides using these resources to teach I also learn a lot!!
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Submitted by Brenoabarbosa on Wed, 06/03/2019 - 10:13

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That's nice. I want so much to visit Paris. I guess that is one of the more fantastic cities.
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Submitted by Kostya B on Tue, 20/11/2018 - 19:39

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There are three Paris landmarks that I know: Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately I am not familiar with French cuisine.