"Sa nièce est blonde."

Translation:His niece is blond.

January 17, 2013



Isn't the word "blond/blonde" on of those which should vary with gender in English too?

January 17, 2013


Fascinating - I'd not really thought of that!

May 2, 2014


There is no actual rule. In English blonde is more common for women but it wouldn't be wrong to use it for a man. I think the doubt arises because French has always been studied in England in the past and most lexicographers were probably influenced by their knowledge of French in treating this French loanword.

April 15, 2016


Yes, the correct English is "His niece is blonde", whereas his nephew would be "blond". However, as this was apparently pointed out five years ago and has not been amended, I doubt that anyone takes responsibility for updating such Duolingo errors. I would have reported blond/blonde, using the 'Report' rather than 'Discuss' button, but there was no tick-box option for indicating that the English translation is wrong. Another Duolingo disappointment.

April 25, 2018


I know I should understand this by now, but how do you tell if it's "his niece" or "her niece"...?

September 26, 2013


Context. The Duo sentence by itself doesn't allow you to know if it is "his" or "her" niece. Both "his niece" and "her niece" translate to "sa nièce". The word "nièce" is feminine, so regardless of actual gender of the person, it is "sa" and not "son".

Does that help?

September 26, 2013



April 23, 2014


I agree therefore the translation hts niece is blonde also correct but is shown as wrong

March 3, 2019


it can even be "its niece". The gender of the 'niece' is what defines whether you use sa/son before it.

April 5, 2014


In English, a female person with fair hair is blonde. A male is blond.

September 5, 2015


What is wrong with "Her niece is fair"?

April 7, 2015


They really need to work on sound. Cannot understand, no matter how high the volume is.

June 19, 2015


Fun fact: ma blonde in Canadian French means 'my girlfriend'

March 23, 2016


I don't know what niece or cousin mean, because I'm not native in English nor in French. Duo should have an integrated dictionary.

January 23, 2015


Hm, I am native in Portuguese too! You should learn the "family nouns" in English soon, because they are very similar to the french ones. For instance: uncle -> oncle, aunt -> tante, parents -> parents, cousin -> cousin / cousine, fiancée -> fiancée, marriage -> mariage, couple -> couple. The writing is very similar, but the pronunciation is quite different.

February 6, 2015


What are you native in?

February 2, 2015


Brazilian Portuguese. I use mostly Duolingo mobile, so I think these improvements would be awesome: an integrated dictionary & access to "Tips and Notes" section (today this is desktop only)

February 2, 2015


can't 'blone' mean fair?!

January 1, 2017


Is there a way to determine if the accent on an "e" in a word is Grave or Acute?

April 9, 2017


FYI: On 2018-04-25 I reported "His niece has blonde hair".

Two sentences prior, I had received: «Votre fils est brun» = "Your son has brown hair". If there, why not here. And "blonde" is a perfectly acceptable, if alternate spelling.

April 25, 2018


How about "His niece has blond hair"?

March 20, 2019
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