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French Lesson Dialogue 2

French Lesson Dialogue 2 - People


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  • Marc : « Je reviens de chez ma nièce qui vit dans le sud. Nous avons fêté le premier anniversaire de son bébé. »

  • Caroline: « C'est celle qui a déjà un fils aîné âgé de 15 ans ? »
Mark : "I'm back from my niece's place who lives in the south. We've celebrated her baby's first birthday. "

Caroline: "Is she the one that already has an older son aged 15?"
  • Marc : « Non, elle n'a qu'une autre fille encore en bas âge. Tu confonds avec les gosses de mon horrible belle-sœur. »

  • Caroline : « Je te trouve un peu dur ! Je n'avais encore jamais entendu personne parler de la sorte ! A part mon mari, quand il fait allusion à ma mère ! »
Mark: "No, she only has another young (early-aged) daughter. You're getting confused with my horrible sister-in-law's kids."

Caroline: "Don't you think you're a bit rough? I had never heard anybody speak like this before! Except my husband, when he's alluding to my mother!"
  • Marc : « Mais tu ne connais pas Madame ! Parce qu'elle est célèbre, elle se permet de prendre tout le monde de haut ! »

  • Caroline : « Comment s'appelle-t-elle? »
Mark: "But you don't know Madam! Because she's famous, she thinks she can look down on everybody!"

Carolyn: "What's her name? (What is she called?")
  • Marc : « Qui ça ? Dame Remède contre l'amour ? »

  • Caroline : « Pourquoi ? Est-elle vraiment si laide ? »
Mark: "Who's that? Lady Passion-killer?"

Caroline: "Why? Is she really that ugly?"
  • Marc : « C'est comique ! Parce que si ça n'avait été que cela, je lui aurais pardonné ! Mais là où le bât blesse, c'est qu'elle est complètement idiote de surcroît ! »

  • Caroline : « Il semblerait que tu travaille d'arrache pied pour lui trouver tous les défauts du monde à cette pauvre vieille femme !»
Mark: "It's funny! Because if that would be the only trouble, I would have forgiven her! But what's more she's completely silly and that's what's annoying (where the shoe pinches)!"

Caroline: "It seems that you are working your hardest (doing your utmost) to attribute all the faults of the world to this poor old woman!"

  • Marc : « Moi ? S'il y a quelqu'un à plaindre dans cette histoire ; ce serait moi ! Personne ne peut supporter cette mégère ! »

  • Caroline :« Tu veux dire que votre longue histoire d'amour ensemble n'y est pour rien dans le fait que tu sois fâché avec elle depuis des années ? »

Mark: "Me? If there were someone to sympathise with in this story, it would be me! No one can endure this shrew!"

Caroline: "You mean that your long love story together has nothing to do with the fact that you're angry with her for so many years?"

  • Marc : « Et bien, si tu n'as pas foi en moi ; crois-en son entourage ! Aux dernières nouvelles ; elle serait rentrée très gaie d'une de ses mémorables soirées bien arrosées, et aurait embouti la voiture du voisin, au moment où elle essayait de garer la sienne !»

  • Caroline : « Ouille ! Et la voiture du Monsieur était-elle ancienne ? »

Mark: "Well, if you don't trust me; believe the people surrounding her! According to the latest news; she'd had gone home in a very cheerful mood after one of her memorable drunken parties, and had crashed into her neighbour's car, while she was trying to park hers!"

Caroline: "Ouch! And was the gentleman/Sir/Mister's car old?"

  • Marc : « Non, justement ! L'homme a été réveillé vers 2h du matin, ainsi que la plupart des adultes du voisinage, et il a même fini par ameuter quelques ados (adolescentes) qui traînaient dans les parages. »

  • Caroline : « Il y avait donc foule ! Et ses enfants comment ont-ils réagit ? »

  • Marc : « Eux? Mademoiselle a déménagé la veille ; quand elle a appris que sa mère sortait ! Et le jeune vit déjà avec son père ! »

Mark: "No, exactly! The man was awoken at about 2 in the morning, same as most of the adults in the neighbourhood, and he even ended up getting a crowd of teens together who were mooching around."

Caroline: "So, there was a crowd! And how did her children react?"

Mark: "Them? The Miss/young lady left home the day before, when she learned that her mother was going to a party! And the youth/young man is already living with his father!"

Notes:

la mégère (f) = shrew
supporter (v) = to put up with, bear, endure, withstand
Monsieur = gentleman, Mister, Sir
traîner (v) = to hang around, to drag
traînaient (present particple) = hanging around
dans les parages = around there (ie. the neighbourhood)
d'arrache pied = relentlessly, unremitting, unremittingly, continuously - without stopping
les adolescents : abbr. ados = adolescents/teenagers




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