"J'écris un journal."

Translation:I write a newspaper.

January 9, 2013



why would i be writing a newspaper? :s

March 15, 2013


You're learning French, not societal normalcy.

October 13, 2013



March 3, 2015


Un journal can mean a diary too.

September 7, 2013


"journal" difinition acording to Oxford dictionary: 1 - "A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity:" 2 - "A daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary."

And that's what Journal means in the several romance language. Journal, Jornal, Giornale,
There are especific words to the first meaning tho: "gazeta", "periódico", "boletin", and in english "newspaper"

January 25, 2015


geeky butface

March 3, 2015


The English translation is very awkward. One might write an article for a newspaper or publish a newspaper.

July 24, 2013


One of the English translation is wrong. It's a journal=diary here, the only reason why they included also the "newspaper" translation, is because in some very weird contexts, why not, it can fit. But remember , here it's diary.

March 26, 2014


I think its because Duo has been teaching us 'journal' = newspaper and so expects that answer. My dictionary says 'journal' also = ('intime'=intimate) diary. So unless you are a journalist you write for newspaper; while the rest of us write diarys. Its just Duo giving the simple answer.

November 5, 2014


I just typed "I am writing a newspaper" and it works. Made more sense in English to me that way.

January 11, 2015


I don't get why French is so hard with all these hard pronunciations.

March 26, 2013



December 21, 2013


But it's so easy (Probably because my mom speeks french) lucky me :-)

February 28, 2014


More men should marry French speaking girls, life would be easier for them :-p

March 26, 2014



June 20, 2014


Actually, all new languages are difficult to pronounce. English was, and still sometimes is, very difficult to learn for me with all its th and gh sounds.

May 1, 2014


I beg to differ. Linguistically similar languages lead to very similar pronunciation. It was very easy for me to learn Japanese as a natural speaker of mandarin.

June 20, 2014


So true... Spanish is so easy for me because of the multitude of semblances of words to Tagalog. ;)

February 19, 2015


this is french

March 3, 2015


how are you to remember which nouns are feminine and masculine fruits are feminine..? animals are masculine? letters are feminine? but newspapers and books are masculine...????

August 28, 2013


With practice. The same thing happens in spanish there are fruits that are female, like the apple (La manzana); and other fruits are male, like the watermelon (El melón). It's worst when in spanish something is a male and in french is a female.

December 1, 2013


Yes u r right :d

December 21, 2013


look on youtube for different songs to help you remember. my teacher plays them and ever since then the songs get stuck in my head and it helps with tests!

April 25, 2014


Thanks for the tip.

July 25, 2014


Fruits are neither feminine or masculine. Every noun has a gender, and you have to learn the noun with its gender each time. For instance, I learn "moon"= la-lune, not only "lune", and I can remember it, or I imagine the moon to be a girl, but there's no tricks to "guess". Except maybe in some very scarce cases, the word ending by "tion" are feminine.

March 26, 2014


Not what he said. And yes fruits are gender specific, pomme, or Apple is feminine, and ananas, or pineapple, is masculine. No room for ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ on here so stop spreading it.

June 20, 2014


Yes, it's stupid

April 1, 2014


It is not stupid. It is just different from English.

May 1, 2014


Why couldn't "J'écris un journal." be translated as, "I write in a journal"? (The closest correct translation was "I write in one journal.")

May 14, 2013


The correct translation is: I write a diary, not newspaper. (even if they allow it for some special context) Yes, you're right, J'écris un journal = I write a diary. And J'écris pour un journal/J'écris dans un journal = I write for a newspaper/ I write in a newspaper.

March 26, 2014


You speak but do not read. He said nothing about whether it was a newspaper or a journal. And no, writing a newspaper is a perfectly and one hundred percent valid translation.

June 20, 2014


I keep messing up with the un and the une

July 1, 2013


yeah, sometimes its a bit hard for me to remember or even know which word is feminine and which masculine, there are many words from spanish that does not match in gender

September 14, 2013


And when you add German, it's even more difficult.

March 26, 2014


1) learn each word together with its gender: une pomme, not pomme, un journal, not journal.

2) look up unknown words in a dictionary. n stands for noun/nom, m for masculine/masculin and f for feminine, féminin. So the mark nf after an entry means that it is a feminine noun, nm means that it is a masculine noun.

May 1, 2014


I have trouble remembering which words use un, and which use une. Do they sound different? Sometimes I hear them and I think they sound different, but sometimes they seem to sound the same...

July 4, 2013


Un is used for masculine words and une is used for feminine words.

December 21, 2013


As far as I can tell, "un" sounds almost like "an" in English. On the other had, "une" sounds like the second syllable of "racoon."

July 13, 2013


Not really. "u" is not a "oo" sound, it's a very specific sound, that you can also find in German, but not in English. "un" is a nasal sound, that it is not like the English "an".

March 26, 2014


Sometimes spelling can be an indicator of masculine vs feminine.

April 5, 2014


Yes, like the endings listed here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1101225

Just remember that there are always exceptions to these patterns!

May 1, 2014


Is "Je écris" allowed, or is it just "J'écris" ?

February 9, 2013


No. Two similar vowel sounds slur together, so contractions are used to avoid that. Try saying Je ecris fast without slurring it. It's difficult isn't it? Now try saying lots of sentences of that form. It gets more difficult. You find yourself naturally saying it the correct way to avoid stumbling over words.

February 26, 2013


The french like to pull words together so much they won't allow "je écris". :P.

February 25, 2013


Yes, they force-pull when it's followed by a wovel (including h) :)

February 25, 2013


only some "h", because there are 2 kind of "h", the "h" like in "homme", and the less common "h" like in "haricot" (bean)

March 26, 2014


Contraction are mandatory, not optional as in English. They are or they are not, but if they are, they are always.

March 26, 2014


i am not even really good at french, it should have a little practice before they give us that.

November 24, 2013


All exercises are just that: exercises. We do them until we know them, over and over again. You decide how much practice you need for each unit, not Duolingo. And sometimes do we need to go back to earlier units when we discover in later exercises that we actually do not understand enough.

They are not tests, but a kind of exercise, even when forcing you to deal with things you have never seen, heard or got any translation for.

May 1, 2014


I never under stand when i hear this but when i see it im all good.....the person who says this make it sound like je suis un journal...,which does not make sense but still ......what they say sounds like three different things

December 23, 2013


J'écris = jay-kree; Je suis = jeu-ssu-hee. She talks too fast, but the sounds are here.

March 26, 2014


Remember that the pronounciation follows French, not English, rules. Practice your French oral understanding, to make the continuation easier. www.forvo.com is a good place to practice one's oral understanding.

May 1, 2014


Why isn't the "s" in j'ecris pronounced (since it's followed by a vowel)?

January 17, 2013


In French, there're lots of silent or muted consonant endings, except r c l f -----I remember

January 24, 2013


Careful. C R F L. That's how my french teacher taught me.

February 26, 2013


If this helps: think of the word "careful". CaReFuL. Hope that helps.

March 18, 2013


That's not so easy in French. There's some silent or prononced "c", as example "porc" , the "c" is silent, but not in "trac". See the link above please, I tried to explain it.

March 26, 2014


No. Your teacher was not totally true; See this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2220377

March 26, 2014


It's not true. Final"f" can be heard or not. "récif" = heard; "cerf" = silent. Same thing for "l" and the other letters.

March 26, 2014


It is, the machine isn't terribly well designed.

February 26, 2013


this gets me confused...when should we use 'ecrit'and when use 'ecris'? I thought 'ecris' was only for 'vous'...

March 21, 2013


Je/tu écris, Elle/il écrit, Vous écrivez

Here is the full conjugation of the verb écrire: http://french.about.com/od/verb_conjugations/a/ecrire.htm

Hope this helps.

March 21, 2013


oh, thx! that was helpful:)

March 21, 2013


Difference between écris and écivant?

February 17, 2014


écrivant is very scarce, so, forget about it. There's no continuous tense in French. "En écrivant" is only used when you do 2 actions at the same time by example. If I say: Je mange en écrivant = I eat while I write/while writing. I'm writing is always translated by "J'écris" no other present in French.

March 26, 2014


Be careful, the mening is not "newspaper" here, but "diary". Journal can mean both.

March 26, 2014


i know like the les and le and la

September 17, 2013


What do you mean? sorry I didn't get.

March 26, 2014


The letters are dancing -.-

December 21, 2013


maybe you're tired.

March 26, 2014


Could this phrase be used if I'm asked what I do for a job?

May 13, 2014


what is the diferents conjugation. of the verd write in present tense ?

June 2, 2014


I tried to type "I write newspaper.

Correct was "I write a newspaper"


June 3, 2014


this should be either "I write for a newspaper" or "I write in a journal" (if journal is also accepted to be a diary) -- without a prepositional phrase the sentence is incomplete in english.

June 24, 2014


J'ecris is used for both 'I am writing 'and 'I write' .. confused!!

July 3, 2014


this recorded voice is really REALLY hard to understand...

July 9, 2014


Haha this is so weird.

July 31, 2014


j'écris was not introduced before I was expected to write it; a glitch?

September 7, 2014


i write a newspaper does not make sence in english.

October 13, 2014


i can't use my speaker

November 19, 2014


What are the sounds of the different accents placed above the letters?

December 7, 2014


Is "I write an article" wrong?

January 18, 2015


Okay so just based on some context I'm getting; I think i have learned the following: to read=liser and to write=écriser And the conjucation is thus -e,-es,-e,-ons,-ez,-ent I think I'm right, right?

January 19, 2015


I love your work

February 2, 2015
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