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"Il a trois fils."

Translation:He has three sons.

January 3, 2013



The audio says filles - daughters, but the answer says fils - sons


I already reported it. Try to do the same please.


I have just reported it too!


And conveniently, there is no option to report incorrect pronunciation... I'd imagine it's because it's a known problem. I started using the other (not so relevant) options to report, though. It's really annoying and discouraging not to be able to get anywhere because of their bugs. Had I not tested out of two levels, I would've never had more lessons unlocked. It beats me how some people were able to "master" the lessons. It might've happened before the change I read about somewhere or they just memorize and repeat everything wrong just the way it is here in order to achieve that.


For a free program, duolingo is pretty amazing. The pronunciation leaves something to be desired, for sure, and the voice recognition doesn't work for me at all, but they seem to be very responsive when we report errors.


Yes, it's hard to love DL so much and yet be so frustrated at their errors. I think it is because I never know if anyone is listening. Did they correct any particular error? One never knows.


They have actually fixed several things i have reported. It takes awhile though because of the sheer volume of suggestions.


filles is pronounced like fee, not fillll and fils is pronounced like fis or ( fees) here is is saying fill which is neither of the two and completely wrong I will also report it .


Yes neither is correct! Very confusing.


This was reported five years ago. Why don't you correct it?


It says "fil", not filles and not fils


Fil is a rop fille is a girl and fils is a boy


It says trois "fil" - neither filles nor fils


Yes, it did. I don't know if the audio was ever fixed, but it did have an audible l sound. That means, that for whatever reason, the voice was trying to talk about three wires. Fil /fil/ = wire, fils /fil/ = wires


Is it true that the singular and plural form of "son" are pronounced and spelled the same? Un fils et trois fils? (Pronounced like feese)


definitely it says "filles"


"Fils" is mispronounced on the audio. It should be "feese" not "feel"


That's what I thought


I think if enough people report it as an error, DL will fix it.


Sounds like daughters to me!


Ugh looks like this was reported 4 years ago and still not fixed!


Yep, I was just caught by it too.


This is wrong. It definately said "filles".


The word sounds more like fille or filles than fils


Audio is confusing. Don't know whether l is silent in fils


So, the audio of the female voice is not entirely wrong! The female voice pronounces the word "fils" with an audible l. This is technically correct, IF we were talking about wires or filaments. See, the word "fil" in French means "wire," and "fils" is the plural with no change in pronunciation. Which means that it is a homograph for "fils" meaning "son." For the meaning of "son," the word "fils" should be pronounced without the l and with an s. Knowing the context, it should be "fils" for "son," but I guess the program used didn't know the context. So, it's right in a general sense, but wrong for this context.


got me on "filles"


The question is "pre-op". The audio answer is "post-op".


It seems like other people have reported this long ago but it's still not fixed. I reported it again.


wait, that's not right..it supposed to start once upon a time...


Okay, maybe they changed it because it sounds right to me. Sounds like "feese." I got it wrong because I translated it "he has three kids." I'm confused about why that's wrong. If he has two daughters and one son (or any gender mix of three kids as long as they're not all girls) wouldn't we say "il a trois fils"? Or am I confused?


The word "fils," meaning son, only applies to sons. If you were wanting to talk about children in general, or a person's mixed group of sons and daughters, then you would use "enfants" (or just "enfant" for the singular).


Thank you! That's helpful. :D


In response to all the comments about the pronunciation of fils, I'm hearing feese from both the male and female voices, although it is a bit more exaggerated with the male voice. It must have been fixed sometime during the past 6 years.


Unfortunately, it was only fixed sometime during the last year. But, fortunately, it is fixed so there will be less confusion now, at least on that front!


Didn't accept 'he has three boys'


The word fils means "son" or "sons" depending on context.

"He has three boys" would be "Il a trois garçons" in French.

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