Really hard to determine between "pomme" and "pain". I was a on a streak :( I don't think it's a problem with the machine's pronunciation though, like most people are making it out to be. I guess the words are just really similar in pronunciation.
Its pretty easy to distinguish between la and la. I guess they were kinda smart in doing this. Writing le pomme should make you realise you are wrong and then write the correct one le pain. A listening excersize that isnt just about figuring out what they said but discerning the difference in grammar at the same time, not sole!y relying on your ears.
Well done duolingo on this one.
I spoke french but i went away after a few... But im still pretty good at it. Only the listen and type thing really sucks cuz I can't here what she said...
If you press "slower" right bellow the button you can hear it says pain. At least it was very clear to me
Both the /n/ in pain and the /m/ in pomme are actually pronounced by making the vowel into a nasal vowel, and any other subtle difference is too small to hear in this recording. The clue here is that pain is masculine "le" and pomme is feminine "la"
Imagine if you could simply press a 'pronounce slower' button on people in real life. French wouldn't be the only language to benefit
No kidding. That turtle button is the best part of listening. You can slow it down to hear what they said. Then train your ears to hear it at full speed.
I had a really hard time hearing this one, pain and pomme seem to be blending together.
why is it that 'the bread' is 'le pain', but the apple is 'la pomme'? what makes bread masculine and an apple feminine??
All nouns in French have a gender: masculine or feminine. There is no logic other than etymology. So you must learn each noun with its gender. In addition, determiners (possessive adjectives, articles, demonstrative adjectives, etc) agree in gender and number with the noun they come with. Same rule for usual adjective.
Le bon pain La bonne pomme
All french nouns are either masculine or feminine, I wish there was an easy way tell which is which but I am afraid you will just have to learn as you go.