Sunday, 3 May 2015

Situational dialogues on frenchteacher

Some time ago I wrote a series of simple dialogues aimed primarily at adult students. This was in response to feedback I had received regarding more resources for beginner or near beginner adults.

From the feedback survey I am currently carrying out courtesy of Surveymonkey I am seeing that, although some teachers have used these, they may not have come to the attention of many. There is nothing whatsoever original about these, but they are easy to use and to adapt.

I am copying in an example for you to see. This one would work fine with school students, as would some of the others I put together. This one is Au Restaurant. Others are: hotel, campsite, baker's, café, butcher's, fishmonger's, greengrocery, car hire, train ticket office, last weekend, post office.

Apologies for any formatting issues.

Au restaurant

Take turns reading each part, then change the dialogue using the menu to make alternative choices.

Serveur           C’est pour combien de personnes?
Vous               Une personne.
Serveur           Vous prenez un apéritif ?
Vous               Oui, je prendrai un kir, s’il vous plaît.
Serveur           Cassis, framboise ou pêche ?
Vous               Cassis.
Serveur           Vous avez choisi ?
Vous               Je prends le menu sympa. En entrée je prendrai l’assiette                                            de crudités.
Serveur           Et comme plat principal ?
Vous               Je voudrais le steack garni.
Serveur           Quel cuisson pour votre steack ?
Vous               A point, s’il vous plaît.
Serveur           Très bien. Vous prenez à boire ?
Vous               Oui, un pichet de rouge, 50 cl.
Serveur           Parfait.
Serveur           Ç’a été ?
Vous               Délicieux.
Serveur           Vous prenez un dessert ? Nous avons glace vanille-                             chocolat, mousse au chocolat, île flottante ou une 
                       salade de fruits frais.
Vous               Je prends une glace, s’il vous plaît.
Serveur           Et vous prendrez un petit café après ?
Vous               Oui, un café allongé.
Vous                L’addition, s’il vous plaît.

Restaurant les Pêcheurs
Menu sympa – formule 14€

Assiette anglaise
Assiette de crudités
Soupe de poissons

Moules marinière
Steak garni
Poulet à la sauce estragon
Truite aux amandes
Omelette au fromagre

Glace vanille-chocolat deux boules
Ile flottante
Mousse au chocolat
Salade de fruits frais

Vins en picher
Vin de pays rouge, rosé ou blanc

Tous nos plats sont accompagnés de frites ou de légumes au choix
Service non compris


Fixed price menus
These are usually good value and feature standard dishes, often local to the area. Look out for the words formule or menu. You can always order à la carte. The French word for menu is carte.

Steak-frites is often thought of as the French national dish. Rumsteak is rump, entrecôte is rib steak, the nearest to what British would call sirloin. Sirloin is aloyau, but you rarely find this on menus.
For the cooking of steak the options are :
Very rare          bleu                                           Medium            à point
Rare                 saignant                                   Well done         bien cuit

Side dishes
If you see the word garni the meat or fish will be served with vegetables, rice, pasta or fries.

The French tend to tip less than the British and much less than Americans. You are unlikely to cause offence if you do not tip. 10% is more than reasonable.

The house wine or wine served in a jug (picher) or carafe and is likely to be fine.

Vegetarian options tend to be more limited in France than in the UK, for example, although the situation is improving.

When you have finished your plate of food it is customary to leave your knife and fork at an angle across the plate, unlike in the UK where they are laid together parallel.

Foe an espresso ask for un expresso or just un café. For a longer black coffee (Americano) ask for un café allongé. For white coffee ask for un café crème.

Apéritif and digestif
A pre-meal drink is also known as un apéro, for short. A kir is white wine with a fruit liqueur named after Félix Kir, a mayor of Dijon. A digestif (less commonly chosen) is a spirit (un spiritueux) chosen to finish the meal.


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