"Les filles mangent du pain."

Translation:The girls are eating bread.

January 6, 2013

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I cannot hear the "mangent" it sounds like "mange" to me.


they sound the same in French, only the subject noun phrase or the pronoun's pronunciation will tell you whether it must be sing or plural (with regular verbs). Irregular verbs (est, sont etc) are easy to distinguish.


Oui il y a une erreur dans la prononciation. Il faut que Duo corrige ça. Car "les filles manger du pain" ce n'est pas français.


This sounded exactly like "Le fille mange du pain" to anyone else? How do you distinguish pluralization (audibly) without context?


In this case you can be sure it's plural because it's "fille" - girl. If it was singular it would be "La fille". Le fille is wrong.


Remember that when singular the 'le' is going to have a softer 'e' than if it is plural. A plural 'le', which is 'les' is going to sound like 'lay'; but, a singular 'le' is going to sound more 'lew'. At least that's what I listen for. Then, of course, if the 'les' is in front of a vowel, the 's' will ellide into the vowel and sound 'z'. rofl


les sounds like lay, le sounds more muffled, if it is multiple people, henry and thomas, mum and dad, a group of people etc. then it has the same form as they which is 'ent'

hope this helps :)


you will know if its la,le et les depending on the pronunciation.

la = la(literally la in english) le = lu (in english) les = lay


I wrote "bred" instead of "bread." facedesk.


When "du" must be used??


The speaker needs to be clearer with her n's and m's. I swear it sounds as if she's saying 'pomme' not 'pain'. Or, do I just need to make my ear a whole lot more discerning?


I head pomme too! But I went with pain because of the "du".


The 'm' sound is made in 'pomme' but the ending consonant is not pronounced in 'pain', as is usually the case with French words. Also, according to my native French teacher, the nasal sounds 'ain'/'aim' or 'on'/'om' etc. are pronounced the same way ie. there's no difference between 'm' and 'n'. (I'm presuming this would be different though for pomme vs. ponne, if such a word as ponne exists.)

French pronunciation is so difficult but I find it helps a lot more to be listening to the way vowels are pronounced than consonants to discern between similar words.


This should be clearer. When you use the slow option you still can't differentiate.


i've been told by a native speaker that 'fille' means daughter ONLY if related to someone (e.g., ma fille, la fille de M.X, etc)


Is there any way of remembering which verb endings go with which pronoun? I'm finding it difficult to remember!


Memorization flash cards.


I thought it sounded exactly like "Le fils" (the son).


Doesn't 'le fils' sound like 'lay phil'? But 'les filles' sounds like 'lay fees'?


This one is difficult because I can't hear the difference between either "Les, filles and mangent" they sound like Le, filles and mange to me - Makes it pretty hard to work out what the sentence is about.


Yep sounds the same to me too


why is it les and not las filles


Why can't I use "Les filles mangent de le pain" ?


Why is necessary use "Du"?


du= de le or it's de la for a feminine object or it's des for plural subject/object/completing noun


This translation was already done


how can I distinguish ''mangeon'' and mangent . Merci


why is it just bread instead of some bread? how are we to know when it says du?


Can you say " Les filles mangent de pain"?

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