"La roue"

Translation:The wheel

January 2, 2013



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

January 23, 2015


I thought it could have been "la rue"

November 4, 2015


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

February 9, 2016


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.

August 1, 2015


Are "roue" and "rue" homophones?

February 16, 2014


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

February 21, 2014


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.

June 26, 2015


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.

June 26, 2015


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.

October 19, 2015


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

December 19, 2014


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".

December 30, 2014


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.

October 13, 2015


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

October 14, 2015

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

July 12, 2015


How to discern roue from roux?

October 24, 2015


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

October 25, 2015


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

October 25, 2015


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

October 25, 2015


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

September 27, 2016

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"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.

November 30, 2016


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

April 29, 2015


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

May 1, 2015


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

July 24, 2015


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

July 28, 2015

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