the pronunciation of "oeuf" is funny indeed, but we need the real pronunciation, not the one that the Duolingo's robot recorded, so: Can anyone spell the correct pronunciation?
Yes, the pronounciation of "œuf" is really bad here. It seems she had hiccups. Let's report it with the "report" button! (Usually people are complaning about pronounciation, even if they are perfectly fine for natives, but here, you're right)
Note: There's an important thing to know about "œuf": you pronounce it "euf" (see my audio link) when it's singular, but the pronounciation change when it's "œufs" (plural), you would pronounce it "eu" without the "f" sound.
You may try it with Google/Translate: the pronunciation is generally much better.
Why did the french man only eat an egg for breakfast?
Because, one egg is un œuf!
Does that carry the same meaning of someone disconnected from the real world effects because of over intellectualising.
Breaking out rulers to see if my undeniably bald forehead is also high. Uh oh, not looking good.
Yes, "crâne d'œuf" is perfectly describing a person too intellectual. (or can mean someone who si bald also, as Sitesurf said)
I never heard "tête d'œuf", the common expression is "crâne d'œuf" (eggskull)
"an egg" is the only correct option, because "egg" starts with a vowel sound.
How do I possibly differentiate feminine & masculine words....plz help ASAP
When you learn a word, make a point of learning the appropriate article. The article always makes the gender clear both in print and sound. Tie the article to the word so that it is a part of the imprint of the word that you form in your mind. If you think of la pomme not pomme you can't forget what gender it is. The article isn't an annoyance that has to be dealt with. It is your friend that enables you to easily remember gender.
There are no simple rules that make knowing the gender of new words easy to determine. You can improve your successful guess rate by remembering that there are approximately thirty per cent more masculine words than feminine in French, that many words that end with an e in French are feminine and that there is a historical general preference for the masculine usage in French.
Unfortunately what ever logic there was ages ago, when gender was being assigned to most words in French, is no longer visible to modern students.
I would just suggest to learn "une pomme" vs "la pomme", because indefinite articles remain unchanged vs "une huile/l'huile" or "un arbre/l'arbre".
The recording sounds like a question.. Are you eating an egg should be correct, no?
The robot does have a funny way to say it but the exercises being quite predictable makes up for it (if duo wanted you to translate it as a question, it would be "manges-tu un œuf?")
I answered You ate an egg and was marked wrong. Ate is on the list of meanings for manges isin't it?
The tense is wrong.
"you ate an egg" is past simple and translates to "tu as mangé un oeuf" (compound past tense).
Interesting,even though DL has had a complete overhaul & presents a brand new version of itself this morning....the female still hiccups her way through saying oeuf!!!!!
Now you know that the overhaul is not complete. The sound has not been touched for years.
:] Have to say I was quite thrown by the new look DL ce matin, I'm too old for change!!! ;}
In indicative present: je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent.
"mangé" (eaten) is the past participle of the verb "manger" (to eat)