"Êtes-vous anglais ?"
Translation:Are you English?
This article says no..
Liaisons interdites - Forbidden Liaisons
VII. After inversion
- Parlez-vous anglais ? [par lay vu a(n) gleh]
Well rats. It's a bit of a drag to have to do the extra keystrokes to put the accents on. But how Interesting. I wonder when this was changed. I am quite certain that 100 years ago when I was studying French in school, we were told that uppercase letters never had accents.
It appears that whoever wrote this about.com | French Language article went to the same school as I: "You may have heard that capital letters are not supposed to be accented, when in fact whether or not to use accents on capital letters is entirely up to you. Most of the time they are not essential, and thus most French speakers leave them off. However, there are two instances where you should always use accents on capital letters: When the accent or lack thereof distinguishes between two words. Look at what happens when biscuits salés (salted crackers) is written in all caps: BISCUITS SALES (dirty crackers) - yum, yum! Definitely better to write BISCUITS SALÉS [...] In proper names, such as the name of a company or a person's name."
But this is from L'Académie Française: "On ne peut que déplorer que l’usage des accents sur les majuscules soit flottant. On observe dans les textes manuscrits une tendance certaine à l’omission des accents. [...] On veille donc, en bonne typographie, à utiliser systématiquement les capitales accentuées, y compris la préposition À, comme le font bien sûr tous les dictionnaires, à commencer par le Dictionnaire de l’Académie française, ou les grammaires, comme Le Bon Usage de Grevisse, mais aussi l’Imprimerie nationale, la Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, etc. Quant aux textes manuscrits ou dactylographiés, il est évident que leurs auteurs, dans un souci de clarté et de correction, auraient tout intérêt à suivre également cette règle."
It's a bit of a strange question... until you ask you won't necessarily know whether they're English/Scots/Welsh/Northern Irish (unless you can tell by their accent, in which case why would you need to ask?)
Apart from some Irish republicans in Northern Ireland, most people in the British Isles would not take offense at being asked if they were British. Even the most fanatical Scots Nationalist would concede that they are British, as all the home nations are part of the UK.
As Philliejoe says below though, don't make the mistake of asking a Scots, Welsh or N. Irish person whether they are English - they may take offense.
The best comparison I can think of is the US and their states. Texans are very proud to be called "Texan", but also have no problem being "American". However, they would think it a bit odd if you asked them if they were Californians.
Not a big deal, but I got it correct except for 'anglaise' - is there any reason this isn't considered a typo/almost correct situation? :3 I do want to learn proper spelling and grammar, obviously, but I want to avoid flunking out of lessons when I'm making typos for now, since I'm not likely to pick up the spelling the first or second time but after doing it habitually.*
*I plan on making spelling tests for myself! Though I think it would be really cool if DL made a game that did this.
When I listen to the Duolingo pronunciation of this sentence, I hear the liasion between vous and anglais. (Not elision, right?) This makes sense to me.
But if I put this same sentence into Google Translate and listen, it sounds more like, "Eht vahn glay", where the "s" from vous and the liasion has completely disappeared into the larger liasion from "vou" to "an".
Any more experienced speakers who could tell me if one is wrong, or at least less common?
I don't like these questions because when ever I try to put the correct words, it always counts it as wrong. It says it in French, but then you pretty much have to guess your way through it to get it right, it you ever would. The thing is, is that if you can type the correct words in French, than how is a beginner going to know how to do that?