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French Language Lessons: Making Dinner Reservations
This section presents the essentials of making a restaurant reservation by phone. The idea of conducting business on the phone in French may seem intimidating, but remember:
You can listen to the lesson.
Notes on Pronunciation
French words tend to be accented lightly on the last syllable or the last syllable of a group of words. In rare instances for emphasis or where this is not the case, an accented syllable will be indicated by ALL CAPS. Liaisons are indicated by red, italicized initial consonants (e.g. "Puis-je vous aider?" pronounced as "pwee-zhuh voo zeh-day"). See Guide to Transliteration for more information.
* Remember, France uses the 24 hour clock, so 7pm is 19:00.
Here is a sample dialog. You are calling the "Restaurant le Jardin" to make a dinner reservation for two people the same evening at 8 pm.
Download MP3 soundtrack: fr_phoneres.mp3 (1.10mb)
You dial the number of the restaurant.
You say your last name and, if you have learned enough of the alphabet, also spell it.
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