https://www.duolingo.com/dermot123

"Bonjour les enfants !"

January 6, 2013

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/dermot123

why is "les" there when its children not the children

January 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sanjayananda

"Hello the children"? Is this proper French?

January 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sbot999

Yes, Yes it is see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_articles_and_determiners#Definite_article and scroll to where it mentions "Mass noun",

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/td.worthey08

Hi Chef!

January 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lclement94

This was going through my head.

January 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aldobonilla

is not KINDS. But kids!

January 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mackaypei

is it not bon matin?

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chasj

Why not 'kids' instead of 'children'?

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Katie723

It should say kids instead of kinds.

January 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/u83rmensch

i am still having a very difficult time being able to determine "le" and "les" based of voice alone. they both just sound like "lehe" something im missing?

January 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

Listening through my headphones, the slow version quite reliably pronounces les as lay (sort of). Unless it`s followed by a word beginning with a vowel in which case I can usually hear an s at the end of les.

January 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/td.worthey08

Nothernguy, you're right.. If you exaggerate them, 'le' is pronounced 'LUH', and the plural, les, pronounced 'LAY'.

The 's' on the end of les is pronounced if there's a vowel on the following word, by the rules of liaison. But terminal 's' is pronounced as /z/ when ellided..just a note!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaison_(French)

January 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

Thank you. I wondered if the elided s (z sound) was consistent with French rules or just the kind of slippery alteration that people normally do when speaking.

My interest arose because the French are famous for having agencies whose sole purpose is to develop rules that prevent the French language from evolving through changes initiated by common usage.

January 26, 2013
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