Listener and student Yaniv asked me to clarify the meaning and use of the French verbs “arriver” and “se passer”. In this episode, you’ll see that, although both verbs have a similar meaning, the structure of the sentence is quite different!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
ARRIVER = (sth) happens (to sb)
“that happened to me” = Ca m’est arrivé
Something incredible will happen to you if you believe in it = Quelque chose d’incroyable t’arrivera/vous arrivera si tu y crois / si vous y croyez.
Accidents happen = Les accidents arrivent (à tout le monde).
Something happens = quelque chose se passe
quelque chose se passe bien/mal = Something goes well/badly
Les vacances se passent bien.
I hope your interview will go well = j’espère que ton entretien se passera bien / va bien se passer.
Everything went well = Tout s’est bien passé
“Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé ?” = what happened?
“How did it go?” =”Comment ça s’est passé?”
LINKS and RESOURCES!
- FYW 014 : Oops I ate all the lollies – how to pronounce “Tous”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast14
- FYW 165: French verbs: how to choose between ETRE and AVOIR (compound tenses, part 2): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast165
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