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I'm a native English speaker. I am here to take questions. I am myself learning French, and I wanted to see if I could help you out.
C'est très sympa, merci. En effet, ce module est très peu visité par les anglophones. Vos contributions pourront vraiment aider si vous êtes en mesure de donner des explications précises en français et si vous connaissez très bien la grammaire française pour en discuter avec des débutants. D'après mon expérience, les discussions les plus utiles se trouvent sur les forums "phrases" et non pas parmi les "populaires" parce qu'elles y sont plus spécifiques.
That's nice, thank you. Indeed, this module is rarely visited by English speakers. Your contribution can really help if you can give precise explanations in French and if you master French grammar to discuss it with beginners. In my experience, the more useful discussions are held on the "sentences" forum and not in the "popular" area because the former are more specific.
Ah. As a user of Duolingo learning French from English, I assumed that people also visited here. I'll post grammar/usage tips in the more specific parts instead.
Hi everyone ! I'm french and i'm learning English, I would like to be bilingual one day, so I'm looking for a pen pal ! In order to practice and such. If you want to be my penpal, tell me ! (I can also help you in french)
Oh thanks ! Maybe we can talk with e-mails if you don't mind ? Mine is : firstname.lastname@example.org Send me something and we'll start talking ! And of course if you help me with English I'll help you with your French, sure !
Pls help. It won't unlock level 3. I keep practicing level 2 over and over. What do I do?
I accidentally signed myself up as a Russian speaker, and don't know the alphabet and can't get back to English. Can anyone help?
I bought a 'double or nothing' and I finished my 7 day streak, but it is not doubling it. S'il vous plait et merci
I have a confusing question and need the help of native English speakers please.
What does bring closer in the following statement mean?
Hand lens (magnifying glass) brings objects closer to your eye.
knowing that hand lens/ magnifying glass magnifies thins, does the statement above (brings closer) have the same meaning of physically brings objects to the eyes? Thanks a lot!
It means that magnifying glasses turn things which are far seem closer than they really are. In other words, the sentence basically means magnifying glasses magnify things. It doesn't physically bring objects near to you.
Hi I am a french learner , i found this amazing site for learning french . I am facing a lot of problems : like - my school teacher told me first about -er ending verbs like regarder , appeler , etc. and after some time she told me about -ger ending verbs like - voyager , manger etc. now the problem that i face is the difference among these two ......
"manger" and "voyager" need the addition of an -e between the stem and the conjugation ending, so as to keep the soft sound of the G:
- nous regard—ons
- nous appel—ons
- nous mang—e—ons
- nous voyag—e—ons
Is there anyone who I can ask about Spanish? I am a native English speaker and want to know how high I can get in fluency with Duolingo Spanish. I am currently at 52% and can't seem to get much higher than that even after strengthening my skills. If anyone can help, that would be great. Thank you.
As far as I have heard, no one is able to raise the percentage above 50-60 percent. Even after completing the whole program. It also isn't a good indicator of how fluent you actually are in the language, as you obviously need full immersion to actually become fluent. For example, I have only completed about 20 lessons over 3 days but it says I am 20% fluent in french... there is no way I could go to France right now and be even remotely close to fluent. Something to keep in mind.
I have started duolingo last month and my frustration is with the very tiny accented letters to be used. It is impossible to click on them and therefore, I ignore them. Please enlarge!!!
Hello. I live in the US and use the US international keyboard for Windows 10. It is a QWERTY keyboard but it makes it easy to type the accents once you learn how. You can switch back and forth easily from the various keyboards you use.
If you say 'I hear you' in a conversation can it be ambiguous? Meaning can it mean both 'I agree with you' and that I literally 'perceive the sound with my ear'.
I think that if you perceive a sound, you will say "I can hear you".
"I hear you" will also be said with a tone of voice that should not leave much ambiguity about the meaning of "I understand/I get it".
Thank you, appreciate it. So, just to be sure it isn't natural to say "I hear you" when someone asks you whether you can hear them over the phone?
I hope it's okay for me to ask whether it is possible - to fix abstract things. When I search in the corpus it doesn't seem to come up. There is 'fixed ideas' but I am not sure if you could say 'fix an idea'.
You can fix a problem, a matter, an error, with the meaning of "solve/repair".
"A fixed idea" is an obsession.
I am not sure what you would mean with "fix an idea".
It can some times mean "to get ready". Imagine an army commander telling the others to "fix their positions", which means getting ready.
P.S.: Neither me nor Sitesurf are natives.
Yes, it can. You can say things like "no one has been fixed to be my team's captain yet". The example you gave is centered around a court, where you would hear the word "fix" a lot, so that is also correct.
Oh okay, I wasn't aware of that. So that means you cannot 'fix a person' in other ways than to punch/damage, or to fix their hair. Can it also mean to get ready, cause I can't find it in the corpus or the dictionary. Ineeded a native speaker to help me out. I really appreciate the help.
Oh okay, but it's really nice of both of you to help. Another thing is whether a person can be fixed for an arrangement? 'No witness has yet been fixed for a hearing.'
Hello! We just got married and want to send the Thank you cards to our English speaking guests, but we would also like to include the people that could not make it to the wedding and sent their wishes from other places of the world. Could you please tell us if this sentence is correct? Thank you very much for sharing, by our side or from afar, our special day with us.
Which part of the sentence has error. Please explain.
"the young men from japan (1)/found the assent of the mountain(2)/ hard going.(3)/ No error (4)
Can you respond to a question in English by saying "I would do" or "You could do" without adding that, this, etc. at the end.
Q: Should I buy a washing machine? A: You could do