"Un chat est noir."

Translation:One cat is black.

January 10, 2013



French native speaker here :-). You will never hear in France "Un "chate" est noir" meaning, you,will never make the phonetic liaison in this sentence. Please change the sentence recording accordingly. details are here http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaison_en_fran%C3%A7ais http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaison_(French) here it is called and impossible liaison. "... after all singular nouns"...

April 25, 2013

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We are aware of this problem:

  • There should not be a liaison between "chat" and "noir" and it should say "Un chat est noir".

Fixing the audio problems is not trivial, that's why we could not fix these problems so far. We are keeping track of them, and we'll fix them as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

November 15, 2013


Hello, do I understand this has not been resolved yet? 4 years of patience? :-)

March 19, 2018


is est pronounced as 'eh' always?

May 10, 2013

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Normally, yes. But in some parts of France it is pronounced like "Ć©" or "et".

November 15, 2013


thanks so much for the help! I plan to go to college in france and I dont want to sound like an idiot :D

December 24, 2013


Unless it's followed by a noun, an adverb or an adjective that starts with a vowel or mute H, in which case it could (or could not, though I see it being done often) form a liaison and have the "t" sound pronounced (source: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm - see item III).

November 15, 2013


If it read "Un chat noir", would the answer be "A black cat"?

January 4, 2014

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January 6, 2014


i translated it as "a cat is dark" and it was marked incorrect, even though "dark" was one of the meanings of noir

May 31, 2013

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"dark" means "noir" in rare cases only, for example:

  • "un ciel noir" translates to "a dark sky"
November 15, 2013


so how would you say one cat is black?

November 28, 2013


The same way that you say "a cat is black"

  • Un chat est noir = A cat is black -or- One cat is black.
December 10, 2013


I type the cat is black...and it was incorrect..XD! well how do you say "the cat is black"?

December 24, 2013

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"The cat is black" translates to "Le chat est noir".

December 24, 2013


Its the difference between "un" and "le" Un means "a" or "one", whilst "Le" means "the"

February 24, 2014


Not gonna take A cat is dark? What gives?!

June 12, 2013


dark doesn't always mean black. dark is a shade, but black is the darkest shade.

July 29, 2013


Can I assume that pronunciation of "est" and "es" are the same, or is there a subtle difference?

July 28, 2013

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It is the same when there is no liaison made with the next word.

November 15, 2013


you mean if the other word isn't starting with a vowel??or there are other cases that makes liaison??if there is, which cases are ?

December 7, 2014


You can make liaisons with words starting with mute H, too (as in "les hommes" = lay-zuhm). This link explains liaisons and a little bit of enchaƮnement, which is very similar to but not really a liaison.

December 7, 2014


One cat is black. Un chat est noir.
A black cat . Un chat noir

This is quite confusing because "Un" can be "a" or "one". I have gotten this wrong so many times. I'm not understanding how to tell the difference between the two??

December 6, 2014
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