"I like cheese."
Translation:J'aime bien le fromage.
Sitesurf, thanks for all your answers on Duolingo. Your responses are very helpful. So, one would say "J'aime le chocolat" and "J'aime le vin" but "Je mange du chocolat" and "Je bois du vin" because I'm not eating all the chocolate and drinking all the wine in the world, but just a portion of it, but I love, in general, all chocolate and wine. Is that a correct way to look at it?
Just had my *LOLci moment on this. Kept thinking, "They got me again!" Zeagalicious I appreciate this outlook. Grants me absolute clarity. Sitesurf, I also found your link on another thread very helpful for partitive and definitive usage. I repeat all the exercises until I get a full heart bonus, so these tidbits in discussion are only helping me move forward.
*laughing out loud, crying inside
Je mange le fromage = I eat THE cheese (specific)
Je mange du fromage = I eat some cheese (undetermined quantity)
J'aime le fromage en général = I like cheese in general (all types)
I am not sure what you mean by "I eat cheese in general", is it like "I am not allergic, I am not a vegan, so I can eat cheese ?"
Got correct for the question where you select the right words to form the translation but Duo had to further correct it saying there shouldn't be space after the apostrpophe "J'aime" n quoted my translation as "J' aime..." We can't even input space in this question. Should I just neglect this? :/ ("You are correct!" is a nicer response)
With the verb "aimer", "bien" is a 'softener'.
Basically "aimer" is about love (true love = le véritable amour).
With people, "Je t'aime" means "I love you".
If you like someone but don't love them, "bien" will soften the depth of the feeling; so "je t'aime bien" means "I like you".
With the non-human objects of your feelings, "bien" is optional and will just confirm that this is about enjoyment, fondness, liking, but nothing excessive.
So if you like cheese = j'aime (bien) le fromage, and if you love cheese = j'adore le fromage.
"Adorer" is about an excessive or eccentric feeling, whatever the object.