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Vouloir, c’est pouvoir – Mot du jour at FrenchHour

Vouloir, C’est Pouvoir – Mot Du Jour

Where there’s a will – French expression

What does ” vouloir, c’est pouvoir ” mean? How do you say ‘ where there is a will, there is a way ’ in French? How is it pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to Anne, a French native say it at FrenchHour.com.

vouloir, c’est pouvoir – to want, it’s to be able to. Featuring two infinitive verbs vouloir, c’est pouvoiris a proverb I hear often. In everyday French, it means that if you want something, you can get/do it, that nothing is impossible. In English, it’s translated as ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.

  • « C’est sûr que si tu veux pas vraiment, tu pourras jamais venir en France. Tu sais que ‘vouloir, c’est pouvoir’. Alors vas-y, commence à préparer ton voyage en France ! »
    • “For sure, if you don’t really want to, you’ll never be able to come to France. You know that ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. So go ahead, start planning your trip to France!”

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POUVOIR – Today’s French

Power, puissance ou pouvoir

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POUVOIR – Today’s French

pouvoir – to be able to, can – Verbe conjugué

Listen to Anne and repeat this verb conjugation with the translation. Practice with the exercise and answers Anne created. Learn French, one step at a time at FrenchHour.

statements …. Indicatif – Indicative Mode

present tense …. présent

I am able to* …. je peux

I am not able to …. je ne peux pas

I am able to …. je peux

you are able to …. tu peux

she is able to …. elle peut

he/it is able to …. il peut

we are able to …. on peut

we are able to  …. nous pouvons

you are able to …. vous pouvez

they are able to …. elles peuvent

they are able to …. ils peuvent

*also I can… ….

imperfect …. imparfait

I used to be able to* …. je pouvais

I didn’t use to be able to …. je ne pouvais pas

I used to be able to …. je pouvais

you used to be able to …. tu pouvais

she used to be able to …. elle pouvait

he/it used to be able to …. il pouvait

we used to be able to …. on pouvait

we used to be able to …. nous pouvions

you used to be able to …. vous pouviez

they used to be able to …. elles pouvaient

they used to be able to …. ils pouvaient

*also I  was able to, I could ….

preterite, present perfect …. passé composé

I was able to* …. j’ai pu

I was not able to …. je n’ai pas pu

I was able to …. j’ai pu

you were able to …. tu as pu

she was able to …. elle a pu

he/it was able to …. il a pu

we were able to …. on a pu

we were able to  …. nous avons pu

you were able to …. vous avez pu

they were able to …. elles ont pu

they were able to …. ils ont pu

*also I could… ….

future tense …. futur simple

I will be able to …. je pourrai

I won’t be able to …. je ne pourrai pas

I will be able to …. je pourrai

you will be able to …. tu pourras

she will be able to …. elle pourra

he/it will be able to …. il pourra

we will be able to …. on pourra

we will be able to …. nous pourrons

you will be able to …. vous pourrez

they will be able to …. elles pourront

they will be able to …. ils pourront

Exercice – pouvoir

Translate from one language to the other.

  1. Je ne peux pas y aller avec eux.
  2. J’ai pu le voir avant son départ.
  3. Tu pouvais le faire avant.
  4. Elle n’pas pu me le dire.

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Pickpockets – Today’s French

Pickpockets à la Tour Eiffel

Listen to the authentic French in this video and to the slow French version here. Watch, read, translate and/or repeat a passage of your choice to improve your French tremendously. Anne designed this lesson as a week-long assignment: listen to the passage every day and work with the text provided. Learn French at FrenchHour.com

Pickpockets à la Tour Eiffel
Le site de la Tour Eiffel attire tous les ans des millions de touristes venus du monde entier. Malgré les forces de l’ordre et les vidéos de surveillance, les pickpockets mêlés à la foule énorme réussissent à escroquer les touristes. Ils gagnent des sommes inimaginables tous les jours. Faites bien attention à vos affaires quand vous allez sur des sites touristiques.

Pickpockets à la Tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower monument attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year. Despite the police and surveillance videos, the pickpockets mingled in the huge crowd manage to defraud the tourists. They earn unimaginable amounts of money every day. Please, pay attention to your belongings when you go to tourist places!


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Français

Pickpockets à la Tour Eiffel

—Sous la tour Eiffel, les touristes savent bien qu’il faut faire attention : les pickpockets sont partout.

—Y en [sic] a des personnes qui nous disent « Gardez les mains dans les poches », ou, ou euh, « attention à vos poches arrière » etc.

—Il faut avoir son téléphone près du corps et garder ses affaires dans les poches de devant et garder l’œil ouvert.

—Car les touristes attirent les voleurs et autres escrocs. La situation sous la tour Eiffel est telle, que même le personnel d’accueil se sent en danger.

English

Pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower

—Under the Eiffel Tower, tourists know very well that they must be careful: pickpockets are everywhere.

—There are some people who tell us, “Keep your hands in your pockets,” or, or, uh “Watch your back pockets” etc.

—You need to have your phone close to your body and keep your stuff in your front pockets and keep your eyes opened.

—Because tourists attract thieves and other crooks. The situation under the Eiffel Tower is such that even the reception staff feels in danger.

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Saying French Numbers – Today’s French

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Saying French Numbers – Practice French numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions and more. You’ll hear French numbers. Write them down and check your answers below.

2

14

9

85

Now, you’ll hear two digits. Write them down and say what they both make as a number. For instance: 1 …. 2 makes 12

2 …. 7 makes 27

3 …. 9 makes 39

6 …. 5 makes 65  

Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing. Write down the first two numbers, say their total amount out loud before you can hear the answer. For instance: 1+2=3

38+6=44 

187-28=159

9*3=27

10/5=2

And now, you’ll hear different types of numbers, fractions and more. Write them down.

2 013 (number with a space)

½

54,44 € (54-euro-44)

Louis XIV 

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Avoir La Pêche – Mot Du Jour

to feel good – French expression

What does ” avoir la pêche ” mean? How do you say ‘ to feel good ’ in French? How is it pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to Anne, a French native say it at FrenchHour.com.

avoir la pêche – to have the peach, fishing – means to feel good, to be full of energy, to be enthusiastic in everyday French.

You may also hear: avoir la banane – to have the banana, avoir la patate – to have the potato, avoir la frite – to have the French ‘frie’.

  • « J’ai la pêche aujourd’hui. Je vais aller au marché.  »
    • “I feel good today. I’m going to go to the farmer’s market.”
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Un Café Suspendu – Today’s French

A suspended coffee – French dictation

A “dictée” is the transcription of a spoken text. This dictation is going to help you improve your French vocabulary, your understanding of the structure of sentences and your listening comprehension as well.

En français

Un café suspendu – Dictée

J’ai perdu mon boulot il y a deux ans. Je suis au RSA et j’ai bien du mal à joindre les deux bouts. Je n’ai pas trop la pêche en ce moment. Pourtant, aujourd’hui, et malgré le froid, on m’a vraiment réchauffé le cœur…

In English

A suspended coffee – French dictation

I lost my job two years ago. I get an income support from the government and it’s hard to make ends meet. I’m kind of down these days. However, today, and despite the cold, something warmed my heart up….

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