"The woman is speaking."
Translation:La femme parle.
thats what Im say'n it should have asked for "The woman speaks" and i would have put "la femme parel. However they asked for "The woman IS speaking" so i put "la femme est parel." and that was wrong. why?
So, "parle" can mean "speaks" OR "is speaking," just like how speaks and is speaking mean the same thing in English, more or less. It is just a present tense form of the verb.
in english, you can say, the woman is speaking along with the woman speaks. translated, la femme parle.
Wouldn't 'dit' also be an acceptable choice here?
Or is 'dire' only used to quote something that a third party said?
No, they are different words, although the meanings are similar. "Parler" means "to speak" (which is what's being asked for here), while "dire" means "to say."
The way I've heard it explained (and I hope one of the experts will correct me if I'm wrong!) is that "parler" is used when you're talking about speaking in general "She is speaking at the conference" or "I am speaking now". "Dire" is when you're relaying specifically what someone actually says: "I am saying yes" or "She says that she is here."
I hope this helps!