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"Je lis un menu."

Translation:I am reading a menu.

January 11, 2013



I could be wrong...but shouldn't the "s" at the end of "lis" elide into the next word? So in other words, it should sound something like "je lee Zon menu?"


Yes, it is. There is a link between "lis" and "un". And as I know, it's is compulsory to do so in French.


This is called a "liaison".


What is the difference between "lis" and "lit", any explanation would be helpful. Thank you.


lis = conjugation of "to read" for "je" and "tu"
lit = conjugation of "to read" for "il", "elle", or "on" http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-lire.html

Also, as a side note, "lit" as a noun means "bed".


see, it is these kinds of things that duo lingo is missing and could really benefit from if they offer some reading on this kinda stuff when new words are introduced. I cannot properly translate if I do not know the rules of the language. any websites you'd recommend I look up to learn more about the rules and syntax?


I absolutely second this. I need grammar training!


http://www.youtube.com/user/imagiers?feature=g-user-u I like his lessons. In the first ones he explanes the differences in pronunciation and other things


Actually they do.. When they show a new word for the first time, they highlight it in yellow. You can click on it to see its meaning and its different forms, if any.


I agree it could be helpful to have it shared more explicitly but there are conjugation tables available on duolingo as well.


how to say ''lis un''? lee-Z-un? is it correct?


What's the difference between un and une in this situation? Why is it un not une?


The French language assigns genders to nouns - masculine or feminine. The word "menu" is a masculine noun. The indefinite article that goes with masculine nouns is "un" (a/an in English), the feminine is "une" (a/an in English). The definite articles are "le" for masculine (the), and "la" for feminine (the again). The plural versions are "les" (the) for definite and "des" for indefinite (this one is tricky and can mean different things in English, but in general for now let's say that the English equivalent is either "some" or no article at all).
There isn't really a trick to determine if a noun is masculine or feminine, you just have to learn the gender with the word. Incidentally, if you hover your mouse cursor of "menu" in the French sentence, they show the gender of the word along with definitions.

Hope that helps!


Why I read ONE menu or I am reading A menu. Doesn't "un" mean one? Please help me. I am very confused.


"Un" does mean "one," yes. But as an article, "un" (the masculine) and "une" (the feminine) both mean "a", because that is the singular article in English. We don't say "I am reading one menu;" the fact that we are only one person and therefore only need one menu is understood with the context! Hope this helps!


Thanks, I realized this the second after I posted this. I was gonna delete the comment but I forgot. Thanks anyways!


I know that this is not the correct translation: "I am reading the menu" but as an English speaker that is what would say instead of " I am reading a menu". Someone asked a question about that but later deleted it. I hope that my comment answered your question.

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