Lesson 11: Asking For Information

In this lesson you will learn how to approach people in the street and ask politely for information. You will learn the vocabulary related to travel and you will also be introduced to the French conditional. The content of this lesson corresponds to A2 CEFR level of French. Enjoy !   Asking for information = demander des renseignements

Dialogue

Excusez-moi, je suis perdu. Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il-vous-plaît ?  
Bien sûr ! Comment je peux vous aider ?
Pourriez-vous me montrer sur la carte où je suis?
Nous sommes ici, à cet endroit.
D'accord. Merci beaucoup.

Vocabulary

Keywords
French English
perdre to lose
bien sûr of course
pouvoir can / be able to
aider to help
montrer to show
la carte the map
endroit place / spot
d’accord OK / all right
 
perdre.
bien sûr.
pouvoir.
aider.
montrer.
la carte.
endroit.
d’accord.

 

kirkandmimi / Pixabay

Grammar

French conditional

Just as in English, the French conditional is used, among other things, to express politeness. “Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il-vous-plaît ?” from our short dialogue, could be as well expressed by “Pouvez-vous m’aider, s’il-vous-plaît ?” (Can you help me, please ?).   As a tourist you can use both, as such small “blunders” will be easily forgiven and understood. But it is always better to be polite and well mannered and use the conditional form. “Pourriez-vous” form is of course the polite “vouvoiement” /vuvwamɑ̃/ form, that is using “vous” instead of “tu” when talking to the people we don’t know or people who are older than us.

Conjugation of the Present Conditional

The Present Conditional of the verb “pouvoir”

je pourrais These are pronounced exactly the same.
tu pourrais
il, elle, on pourrait
nous pourrions Here you have the distinctive “ i “ sound in the pronunciation
vous pourriez
ils, elles pourraient Pronounced exactly the same as the first three (je, tu, il / elle / on)

je pourrais
tu pourrais
il pourrait
nous pourrions
vous pourriez
ils pourraient

Exercises

Easy (drag text)

Hard (fill in the blanks)

One Reply to “Lesson 11: Asking For Information”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.