"Un chat est noir."

Translation:One cat is black.

January 10, 2013

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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"...

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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!


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


is est pronounced as 'eh' always?

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


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


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).


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


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

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

  • "un ciel noir" translates to "a dark sky"


so how would you say one cat is black?


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

  • Un chat est noir = A cat is black -or- One cat is black.


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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 ?


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 enchaînement, which is very similar to but not really a liaison.


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??

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