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

Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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

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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.

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.

Submitted by Oyhon on Mon, 21/08/2017 - 16:12

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i listen to scene just now, very kidding. me too. i have been in France 2003 and i studied also as second language french on my Bechalor Diplom, but i studied only greetings and for my exam , after my exam i was not interessted in french language. I visited also only for one day and have seen only famous places there. :)) good luck all

Submitted by Ephesus on Fri, 18/08/2017 - 18:40

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Haha haahah Aslie is eating Snail' Im in shock! and that scene made me soo entertain and I found this very funny and really enjoyed. Maybe I must tell you my first language was the French one untill my 18yo graduate my Lycee ending. I started to A,B,C basic English Alfabeth just after my 21 years old, and unfortunatelly stopped my French Lang education for couple of years. Oui, Je parle Francaise une petit peu. Mais Je besoin practise crois que ces la meme chose comme a LAnglais. :) I've been in Paris only 3 days duration, really enjoyed visited classical, joing aRegular full day tour program and been and seen Canal tour, Eiffel, Museums, Disneyland etc thoses are recommended and very attractive places and worth to visit. One of my favoure one was to be in "National Museum of Natural History" Paleontology comes me very acttractiveness section of the Museum. Never taste Snail food when I was there. Frankly tells you that, their selected wines and more than 250 different fromages are always my favourites. All the best

Submitted by alshima on Wed, 03/05/2017 - 11:55

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I've been in Paris before . It was fabulous to be there , everything was great . Me with my husband visited the Eiffle tower and we had enjoyed going on shopping and visiting Lovura museum . I remember taking picture with Monaliza's picture so much to talk about ;-)

Submitted by nourakelia on Thu, 05/01/2017 - 22:18

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I really like the vedeo . i wan't to visit Paris .
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