Entretien avec un vampire

Check out this interview inspired by Anne Rice's novel to practice your French listening and reading comprehension. After you listen to the sound files, scroll down to the bilingual reader to check the French transcript and click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons.

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Q&A relating to this exercise 5 questions, 10 answers

GarethC1Kwiziq community member

Mais c’est impossible ! Si, c’est possible : je suis un vampire

Bonjour, Is “si” used because “impossible” is the negative of “possible”? The grammar lesson for using “si” only has examples using the “ne  ...” construction. Would this be the case for other similar words with a direct negative opposite?
Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Gareth,

impossible = pas possible 

So it is a negative meaning.

The 'si' in effect contradicts the first statement.

Vous n'avez aucun DVD en anglais ? ---> Si, j'en ai quelques -uns

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Si is not used to introduce  a conditional clause. Here, it is used as a contradictory Yes, when the previous speaker had implied a negative reply. 

Tu ne vas pas autravail? — Si, j’y vais!

You don’t go to work? — Yes (of course) I go there. (Literal translation)

GarethC1Kwiziq community member

Thanks Chris. I did understand the “Si” was used as a contradictory “yes”, but I have never seen it used with anything but “ne ...pas” as in your example and the examples in the grammar lesson. It seems that it is used if negation is implied?

Mais c’est impossible ! Si, c’est possible : je suis un vampire

Bonjour, Is “si” used because “impossible” is the negative of “possible”? The grammar lesson for using “si” only has examples using the “ne  ...” construction. Would this be the case for other similar words with a direct negative opposite?

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SarahKwiziq community member

Where was he born? He came from the south United States.

questions =1. Where  was he born ?  2. Why is he staying in Paris ?  3.  How was he born two lives ?.

answers  =  1. He came from the.south united states. 2. He now lives in San Francisco

3. He was born in 1766 on the 10 of October as a human, but he died and was reborn as a vampire on August 21, 1791.

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sarah,

I am not sure what you are asking or why?

Where was he born? He came from the south United States.

questions =1. Where  was he born ?  2. Why is he staying in Paris ?  3.  How was he born two lives ?.

answers  =  1. He came from the.south united states. 2. He now lives in San Francisco

3. He was born in 1766 on the 10 of October as a human, but he died and was reborn as a vampire on August 21, 1791.

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BlancheA2Kwiziq community member

Text and audio layout and start visibility

It would be helpful to highlight where each audio begins. This makes it easier to coordinate hand eye, particularly the third one due screen and text location on web page.

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Blanche, 

Can you send your suggestion via Help & Support as this is a forum for language and culture questions.

Merci!

BlancheA2Kwiziq community member

OK Cécile, will do. Merci beaucoup.

Text and audio layout and start visibility

It would be helpful to highlight where each audio begins. This makes it easier to coordinate hand eye, particularly the third one due screen and text location on web page.

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MelodyA1Kwiziq community member

Quelle drôle! Merci.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci Melody,

You would say -

Très drôle!  or

Trop drôle!   for   'How funny!'

Other synonyms of funny are 'amusant', 'marrant'...

Hope this helps!

Quelle drôle! Merci.

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RichardA1Kwiziq community member

Je trouve ces exercices d'écoute du français parlé très utiles. Merci de les avoir inclus!

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci de votre gentil commentaire....

JeanA0Kwiziq community member

Bonjour, c'est moi, Jean-Rony Toussaint. J'ai un contrat avec vous. Le problème que j'ai est ce que je ne peux pas imprimer des passages de lecture pour mes élèves. C'est vraiment frustrant. Je vous ai déjà écrit au sujet de cet handicap. J'espère que cette fois-ci, vous trouverez une solution pour moi. 

Cordialement, 

RowenB1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hello Jean - please check your inbox, as I've replied to you via email to give you more details about this.

Je trouve ces exercices d'écoute du français parlé très utiles. Merci de les avoir inclus!

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