"La roue"

Translation:The wheel

January 2, 2013

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As a native French speaker, I could hear " là-haut" instead of " la roue". The sound is bad.


I thought it could have been "la rue"


So did I but then I looked up the phonetics 'Ru' not 'Ry'. I can hear the difference if I try.


Thanks for saying that. That's what I heard too. It could be my speakers, but the audio quality was really bad on this one.


Are "roue" and "rue" homophones?


no, if you look up them, the pronunciation is different, like sur and sous I think


If you look them up, I am sure there is supposed to be a difference, but is the audio system accurate enough to distinguish them in these exercises? I'm not convinced.

It would be awesome to have some minimal pair exercises (i.e. presenting la rue and la roue one right after the other) for training just this sort of thing.


Yes, I can clearly hear the difference on Duolingo. You really have to train your ear to hear it, though. It took me a few months of being immersed in French in Québec before the difference became apparent to me.

I suggest you compare the pronunciation of the following words on Forvo.com and/or Google Translate:

roue/rue, dessous/dessus, vous/vu, bout/but, nous/nu, etc.

Agreed that there should be lessons on this to work on hearing the difference.


IMHO Acapela.com is an easier site for pronunciation I think... unless I wasn't navigating the Forvo site correctly (first time there). Acapela will say each word one after the other by typing them in. With Forvo, you type one in listen, and then type the other in and listen. the small time gap makes it harder to distinguish the difference.


I heard "La rue." Are they pronounced differently? In a sentence I probably would have understood - context is always useful.


Yes, there is a difference. The U sound in "rue" doesn't exist in English (or we don't distinguish between it and OO/OU). It's a "tighter" sound that's made by moving the bottom lip up a bit from the "OO" sound (as in "food"), and pushing air forward slightly more forcefully than you would with "OO." It's difficult to explain, but try typing "rue" and "roue" into Google Translate and listen to the difference. Try also typing "pur" and "pour" or "bouche" and "bûche." Note that this is the sound made whenever you have a U either on its own, or as the first vowel in a diphthong (I believe that's what it is, anyway), so the tight U sound is used in words like "tu" and "du" which are not homophones with the English words "too" and "due".


My explanation here is kind of vague, so I'll improve on it. The "u" sound in French is distinct from the "ou" sound and is made by rounding the lips as in the "oo" sound in "food," then trying to make the "ee" sound in "feet" without changing the position of the lips.


I love this explanation of how to sound the "u" sound, Andrew48. Thanks.

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This should help with the pronunciation.....http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/ouu.htm


How to discern roue from roux?


Context: one is a noun, the other is an adjective.

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"Roux" can be a noun. But it's masculine, so it would be "le" roux.


Thank you, I forgot it could mean "redhead."


Cartwheellike a wheel on a cart, or a gymnastic move? Or both?


"La roue" can be any kind of wheel (on a vehicle, a lottery wheel, or a wheel on a game). It also is used for "cartwheel" (the gymnastic move), according to the Oxford French Dictionary.


Can "roue" be translated to steering wheel? Like "Get behind the wheel!"


Steering wheel is translated as le volant. The game Milles Bournes has lots of French auto terms.


Can "roue" be translated as "tyre"?! It was not accepted

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A tyre (or tire in North America) is "un pneu". "Une roue" is a wheel. A wheel is not a tyre.

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