- Good morning. - Hi, how are you?
- Today, you are offered a dictation.
It's been a very long time, hasn't it, Pierre?
- It's been a very long time.
I did three at the beginning of this channel, a long time ago anyway.
And I actually wanted to do another one.
So It is still dictations, which are not literary dictations, okay?
Because for the FLE, there's no point in doing literary dictations.
These are very practical dictations,
and in fact, it's going to serve you as a role model as well,
if you need to write a letter like this or an email.
- Dictation is very important,
especially if you're starting to have some level of French already,
because it allows you to record and integrate important language structures.
- Yes, yes, that's right. - Okay, and at the end of the dictation,
there's a correction, I hope, Pierre. - Of course there is,
I'll put the correction at the end of the dictation.
And besides, we're going to comment together,
Finally, I'll explain some of the finer points of the dictation,
I'll give you some advice.
- So today it's an email to answer a job offer.
- Yes, that's right.
And that way, as I said, it will serve as a model for you,
because you need, maybe, to write an email like this.
- And I leave you now with your teacher, Pierre.
So don't forget to subscribe to the channel, so that you may learn quickly.
- And good luck.
Well, then, let us go, my dear students.
So I'm going to do the first reading, and then I'm going to do the dictation.
I'll do one last reading, and then we'll go over the correction together.
Come on, let's go. So, uh... (Sighs)
So remember: it is a woman who writes,
and that matters.
So obviously, it's just a pattern,
a little short, you might say,
I didn't put too long of a greeting at the end,
I just put "cordially."
But, well, it's a good pattern, I think.
Are you ready?
Then you can: either take a pen and a classic sheet of paper,
or do it on your computer, you open Word
or some other program, and you do the dictation.
Are you ready?
Come on, let's go.
So that word "cordially",
maybe here we could have been a little more formal about a letter of application,
but, well, I didn't want to do too long a dictation,
and it's a word that's still pretty formal,
which we use a lot in emails, actually.
Since it's not very formal, and it's true that a long formula in an email,
it's a little heavy sometimes.
So there you go, that word is pretty handy.
I'm going to reread, and then we'll put the correction, and I'll comment.
Come on, let's go.
All right? All right then, one very important thing.
I'm going to put the correction on quickly, because I'm in a video,
so you... you can pause.
But now there is something extremely important when making a dictation:
this is the moment when the student reads again,
the replay and try to find your own mistakes.
This is very important because
one day if you are writing an essay for an exam such as the DELF or DALF,
well, you're gonna have to do that too:
you will have to look for your mistakes yourself.
And to practice looking for your own mistakes is...
cthat's something... excellent exercise,
It takes practice, all right?
And that takes patience.
So really, pause, look at your dictation,
Look for all your mistakes, correct yourself,
because most of your mistakes you can find out for yourself,
you can fix them, okay?
Well, come on,
so I hope you did that,
and now we're gonna show you the correction
it will appear on the screen,
I'm going to be much smaller,
to make room for the text
and we're gonna comment a little bit, okay?
Come on, let's go.
Okay, so, "Good morning, sir. So Mister here actually, uh...
the best thing to do when you send a letter of application is to...
not to stay like this, uh...
impersonal . Sir, that's very general,
and it's actually in case we have no idea if it's uh...
a... a woman, a man, if you don't know the last name, the first name, nothing.
Uh... so here's the thing, when you don't know anything, you put: "Good morning, sir."
Uh... you can put "Good morning, ma'am, sir." Okay,
"Good morning, sir," we're going to say that that's the most neutral.
So ... there's a capital letter here for sir.
When you address yourself like that at the beginning of a letter,
You have to capitalize that, okay?
So be careful, after that it's a comma.
So, now I've got everything.
My students give me points, colon...
No, it's a comma.
Come on, then we start with a capital letter.
I know, it's a comma, but it's okay,
we start with a capital letter after.
So, uh... "I saw on your website."
So, sometimes we capitalize the word Internet, sometimes we don't,
Well, now the tendency is to stop capitalizing.
So, "worldbank.com," okay,
"that there's an opportunity to work in your company," period.
So, if you send a letter of application, be very clear:
Use simple, clear sentences,
just say what you want, clearly, uh...
there's no point in beating around the bush, okay?
The sentence, hop, to the line.
So, "Indeed", comma.
This "Indeed" is a very important logical connector,
I really advise you to use it,
It's very, very good, okay?
So then we put a comma after it.
So, "Indeed" allows you to...
to start a... an explanation for what you just said, okay?
You're going to give more details.
So, "I clicked." So "clicked",
an important word. "I clicked on the tab. "
So the "tab" is the things you have at the top of the sites there, and you click on them.
You know, the... the different tabs.
For example in our site, uh...
you've got the blog, you've got uh...
uh... French classes, you've got, uh...
I mean, there are different tabs, right? Just like any other site.
So, "I clicked on the "Work with Us" tab.
So, "Work with us," I said it was in quotes, right?
Remember the word "in quotes"...
"Working with Us."
"And it would appear that you were looking.
Then beware: "it would seem," we are with the conditional,
"what you're looking for," uh... we're with the subjunctive,
and that's why I put an "I."
So this is interesting in terms of grammar.
"Whether you are looking for people with experience.
So this "having" here,
so this is the present participle,
And the present participle, in fact here replaces a relative.
You could have said, "You're looking for people with experience. "
But that's a little more...
It's a little more written style.
And in letters like this, motivational letters, it is often used,
the present participle is often used.
So "Persons with experience
in the field of human resources.
So, here the vocabulary is interesting, "domain" is an important word.
for the world of work.
And "human resources" is also an important word.
"I finished my sociology degree last year...
and I just finished my internship".
So, "internship" is also very important,
is when you've often finished your studies or while you're in school,
you're doing an internship at a company.
"In Human Resources." So "sector" is also a word which is .
which is interesting, kind of like a domain,
"For the account
of a large international financial corporation."
And again, I put the word "domain".
Then, "I will be,
here's the conditional, and "delighted,"
we're going to put an E, because it's a woman;
otherwise, if... if it had been a man, we wouldn't have put E.
So, "I'll be",
since it's the conditional, we'll put an S at the end,
so "I would be delighted to be a part of your project."
"If you are interested in my candidacy - an important word "candidacy" - you are interested,
I can send you more information as well as my CV".
So "CV" is not written in Latin curriculum vitae;
in... in French you usually put CV, that's enough.
So "Sincerely," an important word, I have already spoken of it.
And then finally Anne Laroche.
Well, that's it, we've finished this dictation.
I did make some pretty simple sentences, though,
but the letter is quite correct, I could send this letter.
Uh... it's... it's simple, but it's good, okay?
So that gives you a really good template that you can use and reproduce.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this video, don't forget I have a whole class,
a whole pack that works a little bit on that principle,
but in which more exercise is done,
but that's the way it works: we have a very practical and useful model,
we do a dictation, and after the dictation we go over, uh, some slightly difficult points,
common errors, etc.
So I'll leave you, of course, the link under the video.
Don't forget that you also have two free classes,
so take advantage, there is one for beginners
and another for an advanced intermediate level.
I am sending you big kissesa, and remember to be motivated,
to learn French and stay Zen.
Bye, super students.