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"Bonjour, ça va bien ?"

Translation:Good morning, are you doing well?

January 28, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeromeReed

So if I'm getting this correctly:

Ca va bien? (ending with a high note) is asking me a question yes.

so I can reply with: Ca va bien or Ca va without any issues right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

Yes, that's right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

Don't forget the cedille under the c "ça va bien" which is literally "it goes well", "ça" can mean "this", "that" or "it".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pippa799767

You are correct if you say that instead right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinaPet

What is the difference between "ca va" and "ca va bien"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AccursedThought

In this context it's a question and ca va? asks "How are you doing?" while ca va bien? asks "Are you doing well?" so it's a similar sentiment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olympianqueen

Merci beaucoup pour la clarification.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azaria661314

Does that mean " thank you very much for the clarification" just wondering?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zohreh719187

Si, c'est correctement.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirian65026

Can you say 'si' en French? It's it oui?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

"Si" is only used to mean "yes" in French, when answering a negative question.

https://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/si

"Oui, c'est correct." would have been correct.

I would have put "Oui, vouz avez raison." which is more common.(Yes, you are right.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kusluck

When you ask "ça va?" you let it open to any answer.

For example: Ça ne va pas très bien. (I'm not very well.).

When you ask "ça va bien?" you are being positive and wanting a positive answer from the person you asked it. Although the person can even reply it in a negative way.

For example: Non! Ça ne va pas bien. (No! I'm not well.).

Got it?


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    Thanks indeed dear pablo.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AminaAyoub2

    Well, Ca va is "good morning, how are you?" while ca va bien is "Good morning, are you doing well?" so they both are in the same context only different wording. Give me a thumbs up if this helped.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Floatingirl03

    Ca va means" it's ok", but Ca va bien means "Things are going well."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jenna250409

    Ça va also means "how are you?" but with a question mark (ça va?)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.8hwkX1

    I also want to know


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Scroll up and down, already answered.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/craisin1

    The most natural colloquial English translation is "Hello, how are you going?" (or in Australia "Hello,how's it going?" or "Hello, how goes it?" is often said).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan2538

    Around where I live, in Alberta, Canada, I hear people saying, "How's it going?' when they meet someone they know. It seems to mean "hello, how are you?" There are francophones in this area and I don't understand their French at all. They pronounce "oui" like "wy" not "wee", for example. I can understand this robot voice perfectly in the fast voice, not so well in the slow voice. I agree with not pronouncing the "s" in "a plus tard" but in "a plus". In school I was taught the kind of French they speak in Paris so I don't understand the francophones around here. When I lived in St. Paul, Alberta where 90% of the people are French Canadian, I used to meet an old Frenchman in the post office in the morning and he always used to say "bonjour" to me and tried unsuccessfully to get me to talk French back. I understood him perfectly but always responded in English. Then he'd say " Goodbye. Have a nice day, what's left of it."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

    susan- maybe the francophones have french for second language. I'm from Quebec, Canada and oui is always we. We pronounce oui exactly like in Paris.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrJeef
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    I'm in Maine about an hour out of Calias towards Bangor, and we get a lot of Canadians driving though. I hear the "wey" instead of "oui" all the time. Isn't it like the difference between "Yes" and "yeah" in English?

    I agree that the difference between Parisian French and Canadian French is going to be an issue here in the states. I've heard they're as different as American English and British English.

    Can't hurt to try though, and so I DuoLingo.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

    jeffebunny, the word that you often hear is probably OUAIS, which means yes sometimes, but it's more for when you doubt of something.. So ouais is a manner of saying yes, but this isn't the word yes, it's something else. If you tell me, all the girls at school run after me, I could say, ouais, ouais, meaning that I don't really believe you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrJeef
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    That could very well be it! I'll pay attention to when I hear it in the future so I can hear it in context. Thank you for the clarification! =)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Where do you hear “Hello, how are you going?” ??? The other two I hear and “Hello, how are you doing? - I have since found out that might also be heard in Australia. I think “How goes it?” and “How is it going?” are more common.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnabelMoreno

    The pop up box told me that ca va bien, translated to I am doing well. So why doesn't "bojour, ca va bien" translate to "hello, I'm doing well"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs

    Hi, Anabel. Of course, you have already read by now that ça va bien can be used as a statement (I'm doing well) or as a question (Are you doing well?). A valuable lesson to be learned from this experience is that the "pop-up box" is NOT an absolute menu of possible answers. It is merely suggestive. Sometimes it has dictionary definitions which may or may not be relevant to the sentence before you. Sometimes it may offer expressions which MIGHT be appropriate---or not. I recommend that you open another tab in your browser for a good French-English dictionary such as Larousse: http://www.larousse.com/en/dictionaries/french-english/aller/2362


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnice

    Best description of the use and limitations of the pop-up box I've seen in any discussion. Bravo!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JodyKafka

    Oui what's the difference between saut and bonjoir? there seems to be a lot of meanings for the same words


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tuananhnvh

    Salut mean HI (unformal, for example for closed friend), bonjour mean Hello (formal way, for example for your teacher)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cephlin

    I use http://wordreference.com as I find it one of the best dictionary translator.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs

    Now, WR is generally the first place I look but I still use Larousse for backup or a confirmation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SierraChick7

    word reference is what my teachers make us use. It can be annoying though as it doesn't quite know how you're going to use the word!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olympianqueen

    Merci beaucoup pour la clarification.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MandyIs2Kool

    Because "Hello I'm doing well" is a statement, not a question. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    Ça va bien. It is a statement, the expected answer to the question Ça va bien ?

    When spoken, the difference is the melody. In the question the end rises while it is flat or falling for the statement.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leafar31

    the right translation of "Bonjour, çca va bien?" is "Hello, are you doing well?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisEkeom

    I simply translated it tobnean: 'good morning are you doing well? and it accepted it


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeraldSeaLion

    The phrase literally translates into "Hello, it goes well?".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    Yes that's right.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thiagaraj_M

    Can this be written "Hello, how are you?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IchJeI

    J'aime pas le «bien» dans cette phrase.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    You can drop it in normal conversation, no problem.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

    ichjel- but in another context, the answer could be : ça va mal


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abishanan23

    I said 'hi how are you" and it was wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Salut is hi. Bonjour is hello or good morning


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amolikaaa

    Is it correct translation "Hello, are you fine?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lancet

    As an English speaker, "Are you fine?" does not sound natural. "Are you well?" is better.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coinaday

    Oh yes, I'm very fine.

    /s


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olyO.o

    Hello, I observe that above many people speaks about translations as "are you doing well" or similar "I'm doing well"... but in english, is it correct? I belived that "ca va bien", it is translated as "are you well/fine?" as you have replied. I want to say... For me "are you doing well" is not correct in english, but it is correct to say "are you well". Am I correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    No, both are correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    = Oui, ça va beaucoup mieux/je vais beaucoup mieux.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathleenD

    how are you doing


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JSM1

    So, can't it be translated as "Hello, is all going well"? does it have to be personal?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    It would be rather "Salut, tout va bien?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraAnn84

    Why can't it be "How's it going?" if "How is it going?" is an option? Other contractions have been accepted in past answers. Many thanks!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    Report it in the report function!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    They don't like contractions like that, because they have a weird system for contractions, and maybe it's too much work of changing that. Try to write the full words, it's safer for keeping the hearts alive.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joannanana

    I find that the audio isn't very clear. For example, I heard "bijoux" and thought maybe it's "bisous" but it was actually bonjour.. The 'slower' button only adds pauses between the words and although it's sometimes helpful, it would be more effective if the actual words were slowed down, especially since it's not very clear.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    The audio is clear for the native that I am. http://fr.forvo.com/word/bonjour/


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bdgawmk

    I heard "bojour"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Almost. good job. You only missed the nasalisation of "on".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shezhanghao

    can't it be "how are you doing?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Yes, it's the meaning. But "ça va bien?" tends to have a yes/no reply. "Comment" (How) could be more elaborate (but it's only theorical, because in everyday life, it's so automatic, we don't really put attention on it)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/julioik

    Are you ok?...should be right also. And I am doing well .,..is wrong because its a question


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Are you ok = est-ce que ça va? Asked if someone is a bit sick, isn't it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdillon777

    Can "ca va bien?" mean "You good?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    You mean literally? No, there's no verb in your "you good". Are you good? would be better. But we need a common expression in English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Some Americans like to shorten everything and do skip the verb, but it is considered slang still. Perhaps later?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DrewDdmek

    Why is this in the pres. Verb 1 catagory?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    Because of the verb aller (to go) which occur in this sentence in its third person singular form va.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carol_Vane

    why can not translate to "hello,are you well?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Literally, yes. Now, I don't know what is the more natural and common in English..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reynbowz

    It didn't accept "Oui, ça va. Comment allez­-vous?" as a response. :|


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    No, because that would mean "Yes, I'm fine. How are you?", which obviously is not the same as "Hello, how are you?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brisna14

    Why is it not correct to translate this question as: Good morning, are you doing fine?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    It is less common to use fine in a question instead of well. It is however quite common to use "fine" or "well" in the answer. Even "I'm fine." is perhaps more common than "I am well."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdolfoFran1

    That's the problem with any method based on translation. LITTLE THINGS seem more important than they relly are. Ça va is the short for Ça va bien. No matter it is question or not. On the other hand, you might want to ask if anything is wrong and so you could say 'Ça va mal?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    No, the problem is that they introduce "ça va" before the comple expression "Comment ça va?" Wrong pedagogy in my opinion.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nan0627

    What is the difference between "Comment Ca va" and "Ca va bien"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Comment ça va = how are you? was shorten in "ça va?" and "ça va" becomes also "ça va bien". (adding a "well)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    Comment ça va ? litterally means How goes it? while Ça va bien ? litterally means (Does) It go(es) well?.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brisna14

    But, could it be: Are you doing fine? also


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Do you hear that where you live? Where is that?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wojciem

    Good morning, everything is ok?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Yes, but not only in the morning, can be said at other times.

    Everything is ok = est-ce que tout va bien?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrancisBuahin

    I intentionally replied 'are things going on well?' I got it right tbough.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Yes, a bit too literal, but some users reported it because they use this expression, I don't know if it's very common. I think Duo accepts too many expressions for the greetings, it's unnecessary and confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EthanFiset

    So "good morning, are you doing well" is valid and "hello, are you doing well" isn't? What gives?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hispanicgamer

    I translated it to, "Hello, how are you?" and it accepted it. Is it better to think of the question as "Are you doing well?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1038637066

    i dont get why when it said bonjour it sounded like boojour please help i miht report this to my teacher


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    You will not hear the "n" in "bonjour". It is a nasal sound "on". https://www.thoughtco.com/french-nasal-vowels-1369603


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/niotjugofem

    Why is it incorrect when I translate "Bonjour" as "good day"? Don't they mean the same?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "good day" is rather a dated greeting that is not as commonly heard anymore in English, where we would rather say "Hello" or if it is morning "Good morning".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

    Is the translation "Good day, are you fine?" also correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

    Ca va tres bien, merci! et toi?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/redsheets

    How's it going & how are you doing should be accepted (or is just hiberno english?)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlineBusat

    good day, how are you? why not?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/achu3p

    I wrote "good day", but apparently what was wrong was "day" - it was corrected to "morning"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isaac.Muir

    I put Hello is it going well and it said the correct solution is How are you going well


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeaFLOCUST

    Why is "Hello, how are you?" accepted, yet "Hi, how are you?" is NOT accepted? This needs to be fixed.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    “Salut” is “Hi”. “Bonjour” literally means “Good day” so it is only used for “Hello” or “Good morning”. Casual greetings are differentiated in French.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yazan5683

    Is it more common to ask with "Ca va bien" or "Ca va"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    They are both used. Ça va bien? is optimistic, literally "It goes well?" while "Ça va?" asks literally "It goes...? It could go well or poorly, but at least it hasn't stopped. Basicly it is like the difference between "Are you doing well?" and "How are you?" though in casual form.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.8tidbd

    Can you tell me how to speak french


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    What do you want to say?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sese_UD

    in the context of a question, I get this as "you" but in the tip, ca va bein is "I am well"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    The "ça" is impersonal here. So, yes, when you use it as a question, it's "you" (as an "everything") and when you say it as a reply, it's "I".

    To avoid confusion, forget about this ça va? Oui, ça va bien!, and use "Tu vas bien?" Oui! Je vais bien! It's clearer, and it's a shame in my opinion Duo didn't used this method to teach this the easy way.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewWaterloo

    If the inflection on the voice goes up at at the end of the phrase then it becomes a question. So "I am well." becomes "Are you well?." In other cases "He is eating." would become "Is he eating?" simply by raising the pitch of the voice at the end sentence a statement becomes a question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Yes, but it's not the proper way to ask questions in French. (it's only the very unformal way)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KARH7

    I got it right! since I commented here it showed up on the my stream so I opened it in another tab/window and saw the right one there! only 2nd try!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/T.A.R.D.I.S.girl

    I wrote "Good morning, how are you doing?" and it is right. Does it really count?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    Yes, it's ok. But it can be said not only in the morning. See here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2618775


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarleneUns

    Just put sa instead of ca


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

    It's wrong, because "sa" means "his/her".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

    They sound the same, but have very different meaning. Only ça is possible in this sentence!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrhickey

    Bounjour - is it hello or good day, or good morning? also we tend to say are you keeping well rather than doing well...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Where are you from? "Hello" is always right for "Bonjour". In the morning "Good morning" will be translated as "Bonjour" in French. Are you keeping well? is a different question to me about you doing something to keep yourself well. "Are you doing well?" is the same as "Are you well?"

    Old English "Good day" would be translated as "Bonjour", but when people are using "Bonjour" now it should not be translated to an archaic greeting.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tra-well

    My keyboard does not support the accent on the 'c' in ca. Program should say it is correct but remind about the special character


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OakDoc1

    With some devices, if you hold down the key for a few seconds, a menu pops up offering you a choice of accent marks.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrJeef
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    Same thing happens to me when I'm using Duolingo on my smart phone.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/guineapig13

    I spelled bonjour wrong and they said i was wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hispanicgamer

    And why are you posting this if you were wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janiellec

    How do u really say this? I say, "bonzhur, sa va biun"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matt.till.

    Ça va bien? Keeps changing between 'how are they?' and 'how are things?' How do you tell the difference?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Are you well?" literally "It goes well?" so many options are allowed. "Are you doing well?", etc.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ray.Scott

    hi I keep reading (high note) please explain


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fevenabreham

    like even though you say the wrong thing it doesnt correct you or MARK YOU WRONG


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PK-Gymno

    Bien and Bonne are the same thing then?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    No, they are not interchangeable.

    "Bien" is an adverb that means well, as in Are you well? "I speak well" Je parle bien.

    Bon and bonne are adjectives for masculine and feminine nouns. "Bon garçon" or "Bonne fille" for "Good boy" or "Good girl"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonkeyGrin

    If i am a confused soul and need an answer to my confusion about my health then can i ask someone : ça va bien ? ( am i doing well )


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "ça va bien?" is asked to someone, not about oneself. To ask about myself, I would say "Est-ce que je vais bien?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    “Salut” is “hi”


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j2lu

    Привет всем)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GXLD.

    I'm French and it directly translates to 'Are you good' but it can also mean are you well


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    In English, people sometimes say "good" when they mean "well", but "bien" means "well" and "bon" means "good" which you would not use in French to ask how someone is.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kenliet

    My answer is correspond with your own why not right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Here in the discussion, we cannot see what your answer was, so you would need to type it here for us to discuss it with you or press the report button instead of the discussion button to report it as correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FinlayGord

    Surely 'Ca va?' Is literally how goes it? And 'ca va (bien)' 'is it goes well'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dusty_G

    If you were asking a girl would it be "ça va biene" or watever you do to change "bien" to feminine?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OakDoc1

    "Bien" is not an adjective, it's an adverb, so it doesn't have a masculine or feminine form.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soffcaro

    Good morning, how are you? Was correct


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/louiesenpai

    The speaker who says Bonjour sounds highly obnoxious.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsifImran1

    "Comment ca va" and "ca va bien" are similar? Which one is a question and which is an answer. Please can anyone provide me an example.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Comment ça va?" is always a question "How are you?"

    "Ça va bien." is the answer "It goes well." or "I am well."

    "Ça va bien ?" relies on the question mark to make it a question "Are you well? or "Does it go well?" or "Are you doing well?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrendonCurry

    I thought bonjour meant welcome but that is not correct..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Bienvenue" means "welcome." "Bonjour" (literally "Good day") is used for "Good morning" and for "Hello".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immakilla

    I type "Hi" instead of "Hello" when translating "Bonjour, comment ca va?" and got it wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Hi" is less formal and would likely be "Salut"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gulper69

    it can be "Yes, im doing well" can't it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Not with the question mark at the end, that changes the last into a question. "Yes, I'm doing well." would be "Oui, je vais bien." or "Oui, ça va bien." which literally means "Yes, it goes well."

    This is "Bonjour, ça va bien?" which is "Hello, are you doing well?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fernanda.fisica

    Ça va bien? = Are you fine?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pipski007

    My french teacher told me that 'ça va bien' means 'I am fine' !?!?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/foreverlarz

    Yep. It can also be a question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/foreverlarz

    Why not "hello, it goes well?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sprinklyx

    So confusing(-. - ;)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmritChhet1

    Bonjor ca va bein


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/placidginger

    And here I thought "Hello, goes it well?" would be a proper English translation. I looked it up, and apparently that isn't proper English... You win again, Duolingo!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NilePeace

    Bonjour cava bein


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliJane49

    Why is hi wrong. Only hello is ok ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Salut" is "hi" or "bye". "Bonjour" is "Good morning" or "Hello".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hophop204

    I heared bonjour sa flur bien


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JealaineBo

    I know that I need to put the accent on ca va bien but I don't know how to do it on my phone or computer


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Hold the c down on the smart phone and you will see accented versions to choose from. On the computer, switch to US international keyboard through your Control panel, Regions and Languages and you can press the ' and the c to get ç.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MosesA.RMa

    This is not right, comment çava bien is supposed to mean are you doing well but when I putare you all right because the well was not part of the options duolingo tells me that the correct translation is are you doing well, seriously


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Comment ça va?" means "How are you?" and "Ça va bien?" means “Are you well?”, "Does it go well?" or "Are you doing well?" Did you report it there?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ride11

    Hi, are you fine


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teresa2021

    Apparently Hi are you well is wrong?!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "Salut" means "Hi" or "Bye" and "Bonjour" means "Good morning" or "Hello".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Hi is less formal and people would use "Salut" for that in French.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AuntieE

    I gave so many lingots and have no idea what that means and what I can do with them can anyone help me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Li_id

    you can buy stuff from the shop


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lentulo

    good morning, are you fine?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "fine" is used in the answer, but rarely in the question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Li_id

    Why can't I say Good morning you doing alright?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Doing well is better than doing alright.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/branik.mq

    Why is "G'day, how are you? " not working?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    "How are you?" is less specific and would be "Comment ça va? or "Ça va?"

    "Ça va bien?" would be "Are you well?" or "Are you doing well?" or "Is it going well?" or "It goes well?", but I am not sure how many answers they have in their data bank so far.

    I don't know if they will accept the Australian "G'day" for "Bonjour". You could try reporting that.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j5X8

    Bonjour= hello, good morning, good afternoon and good night?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

    Good night is "Bonne nuit" which is more often said at parting, so no.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/greeting-hello-in-french-1368098


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freewilled

    I think ..."Are you fine?" where 'fine' is used instead of 'ok' should also be acceptable


    [deactivated user]

      Is it gramatically incorrect if I translate it to "Hello, are you doing well"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      That was accepted for me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jdkolbinsky

      I wrote "Hello, it goes well?" because that is what it means, and duolingo said I'm wrong! I am not wrong, duolingo... You're wrong!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniela701659

      My phone doesn't let me use accents .-.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Did you hold down the letter which needs the accent to see if a pop up menu comes which would allow you to scroll over the one you need?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.malagi

      why not "how you been ?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      That is the past tense and this is asking if you are well not how you have been.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harshankur

      Google tells me bien means fine. Why cant i write the translation as "Good morning, are you fine?" in olace of "Good morning, are you ok?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "bien" can mean "well" or "fine" in the answer, but it is not idiomatic to use "fine" in the question.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sobig

      Now its, are you ok? I wrote how are you and got it wrong. and pardon moi is apparently wrong for pardon me. Im confused.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Ça va?" would be "How are you?" but "Ça va bien?" is asking if you are well.

      "Pardonnez-moi" is pardon me. Remember to use the conjugated verb form for "you" of the French verb "pardonner". The "tu" verb form in imperative would be "Pardonne-moi". http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-pardonner.html


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephNavin

      Can't "ça va bien" be written as "I am fine" but should it only be written as "i am ok"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Ça va bien." can be "I am well." or "I am fine." or "I am ok." ' "fine" is not used in the question though.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimiUthman

      Why can't you say "Hi" instead of "Hello" when translating "Bonjour" to English?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Salut" is "hi" or "bye" and "Bonjour" is "Good Morning" or "Hello"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mylifeasbr

      Why is it that sometimes when I answered Hello to Bonjour, it is correct. Then, I answered here Hello but i says it's wrong and It should be Hi. Im kinda confused rn.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      No, "Hello" is accepted here for "Bonjour" Your error is probably with something else.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsmaAbdo

      There error in the excersices


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/basiltonpitch

      okay but how are we supposed to know if i am asking someone how they are doing or telling someone how i am doing


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OakDoc1

      The upward inflection of the voice turns a statement into a question.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Look for the question mark in the written version.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/craxmen

      "Hello, are you fine?" Is recognized as wrong by duolingo. Shouldn't that be added or am i missing something?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Are you well?" or "Are you okay?" is accepted "fine" is more often used in the answer though.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaguiCuba

      "Are you okay?" looks also fine and it's not included in the options...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      If I am “okay”, that is not as good as “well”. In French, there is another term « comme-ci comme-ça » which basically means “so-so”. Of course, “okay” might be considered better than that, or the same thing as that, depending on the person. “Okay” means that there is nothing wrong with me, but “well” is a positive term. Not only is there nothing wrong with me, but I am also thriving. However, I believe that OK is now accepted, so you could try reporting it. Or did you mean without “Hello” or Good morning”, I should not have shortened it, because that is still required. I fixed that now.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Not used in France and it is considered an "anglicism" in Canadian French. They say "Bonjour" rather than the literal version of "Good morning".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbeimers1

      No.. Means good day.. Not good morning... Bon matin is good morning in quebec ( bright and early)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      De bon matin (bright and early) That is an expression if you are up early, but it is not the same as the greeting.

      In France they will say "Bonjour" for "good morning" and that is what Duolingo requires.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CocaAlObai

      i am suffer from french


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "I suffer" or "I am suffering" . What is your native language?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trin676483

      The way the French pronounce things is impossible. Any tips?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zaira_violeta

      It is ok if i put "Bounjour" or "Bonjour" there any different, right? Its a typo


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yudimudi

      Do you know why "are you OK" is correct but "are you FINE" is not??? I just lost points because of that!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Are you fine? " is not idiomatic but "I'm fine." is idiomatic in the answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cassie621437

      I keep getting this wrong but its not me. The speaker in my kindle is not working but only for this app and only this 1 day!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blackderby

      "are you all right" was marked incorrect. It seems they want "alright".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      They want “Hello, are you well?” or “Hello, are you doing well?” Well is more than alright.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RicardoDes418470

      i dont have the letter in my keyboard


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What are you using? On phones, you can hold the key down on the on-screen keyboard and options will come up that you can choose from. On a computer you can use an International English keyboard layout that you can choose and type ‘ and c to get ç or you can add a French keyboard layout if you prefer and switching back and forth can be done with a Control key plus a number which you can choose.
      http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/French


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GailRadcliffe

      Why is good morning bonjour and not bonmatain?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      It is what they use in France.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sienna255040

      The bien is not clear


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jiminsdimple

      I got it right, but it said I was wrong, um, okay?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What exactly did you put? We cannot help you if you do not tell us.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chiara762943

      Ca va bien is: i am well But the computer says ca va bien is: How are you doing? Am i right or is the computer wrong??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      The question mark at the end of it changes it to a question and the voice goes up at the end in the sound.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bulletrage

      does anyone here know how to say "gnarly" in french?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-french/gnarly

      If you mean a word that is specialized in English, sometimes you must translate it to another word in English first, and then translate it to French.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CHERRI258442

      Ca va bien means are you doing well so you can not answer the question with a question


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      When punctuation makes a difference: « Ça va bien ? » “Are you well?” « Oui, ça va bien. ». “Yes, I am well.” You could shorten your answer if you don’t want to repeat « bien ». The following is a common answer: « Oui, Ça va. »


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mackintoshpa

      Give the word "how" to make it easier to put into English. E. G. Good morning how are you


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "How are you?" would be "Comment ça va?" or "Ça va?" ("How goes it?")

      "Ça va bien?" is more like "Is it going well?" or "Are you doing well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hailie101

      I just started and 30% fluent French


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nikolaih5425430

      what's the difference between "ca va" and ca va bien" ? I'm confused


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      With a question mark at the end, those are questions asking you how you are, but without those are answers to the question and it is not uncommon to shorten things.
      « Comment ça va ? » « Ça va bien. » How are you? I am well.

      « Ça va ? » « Oui, ça va bien. » How are you doing? or Is it going well? or You okay? Yes, I’m doing fine. or Yes, I’m OK.

      « Ça va bien ? » « Oui, ça va. » Literally Are you well? Yes, I am well. Are you okay? Yes, I’m okay.

      All those answers are not necessarily acceptable. I am just trying to say that the first set is okay to use in any setting, even formal, The second is informal. And the last is assuming that you are well until you tell the person otherwise. Also we shorten questions informally as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RamyataPurab13

      The audio doesn't make it sound like bien at all.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dittodude

      Should "hi, how are you" not count?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      No, that would have been “Salut, ça va ?”


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lauraloveslemons

      I put 'good day how are you' and it told me this was incorrect... what am I not understanding here?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Bonjour is translated as Good morning or Hello.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HamzaSalee3

      hi are you okay should be okay. dont u think


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Okay is not as good as well, but some people use it that way, so it might be accepted later. Hi = Salut


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurenGee0

      bonjour is either good morning or good day... why was my answer wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Bonjour is either Good morning or Hello. If an old English “Good day” were to be translated then it would be “Bonjour”, but if you are translating nowadays it would be “Hello”. Or “Good morning”


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gummy.bear2002

      I cant right in English so I am stuck on this question


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wfluckett

      It seems strange, I live in France and use these expressions every day, and yet I can't get the right answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nyx133779

      I SPELLED HELLO INSTEAD OF BONJOUR!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary4622

      I´m getting it this is so good.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris623568

      I put hi, are you well and it was marked wrong and suggested that i should have put hello, are you well instead...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Hi" would have been "Salut"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daniyelchio

      There was no "well". I chose "okay", as in "Are you doing okay". No option for the word "well".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Next time write down all the choices and there should be something you can use. We cannot help you without knowing what you were given to use. It is also possible that there was a problem, in which case take a screenshot and report the error.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexsaurus_332

      i put "good morning is it going well?" it took it as wrong. it said when i put the cursor over the words and that's what it said. Did i do something wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Try reporting it. They were looking for “Hello, are you doing well?”


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisa_Rosel

      Bonjour is Hello and Goodmorning?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Yes, either, but "Good morning" is two words in English.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FelicitySpeed

      The english translation is rubbish. No english person would ever say that.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Wrong! We do say that where I come from.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aquacall

      This was pretty good audio, usually I say I heard something like ami va to


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MackinsonL

      That is cool ca va bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LillyBolton13

      Bonjour ca va bien should be good morning is it going well


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Avia26

      My android upgraded and I cannot get French accent marks anymore. Unable to change to Francais default now. So will miss being able to show I do understand rgese


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      You can go to Language in System and add a language you will have a choice still between English and French if you add French. On all smart phones though you should be able to hold down the letter and choices will appear of different forms of the letter that you can choose from.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edim1

      ❤❤❤ is ça va bien is how are you. Sorry i'm xXxFuckerGamerHDxXx


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Ça va?" is short for "How are you?" and the regular form is "Comment ça va?" but "Ça va bien?" assumes they already know you are well and are waiting for you to agree.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/phinehas6

      How about "Hello, are you doing well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MajesticSpoon-DS

      this is ❤❤❤❤❤❤


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myra492982

      What was wrong in my answer?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      In the discussion we cannot see your answer so next time please copy it here so that we can help you.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michellecoleby

      this sentence said explain what you hear and I said in French sa va bien and I spelt sa va wrong now I np that's it should be ca va instead of sa va ?? am I write ???????????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      When they tell you to write what you hear, that must be spelled correctly "Bonjour, ça va bien?" The cedille (the little mark under the c) tells you to pronounce the c as if it were an s . "ca" would be pronounced "ka".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MathDude

      I wrote "Hello, is it going well?" thinking that this would be an acceptable translation. I got it wrong; the suggested correction was: "Hello, is everything going well?" Is it actually wrong to use the word "it" here instead of "everything", or is this just Duo being finicky? Thanks!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jviborelbaker

      Wrote in exactly what the translation saids. Still wont complete the task


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What did you write? We cannot help you if you don't copy it here.' Did you have the translate from French to English or the Write what you hear?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyleeArlington0

      thing says that it should say "good morning, are you going well" I would only say that to a computer or anything that runs........ not the fast kind


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      I had "...are you doing well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aidan-B.

      answer should be" hello how are you? "
      right?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "No, "How are you?" is "Comment ça va?" or "ça va?" and this assumes that they think you are well "Ça va bien?" so "Are you doing well? or "Are you well?" or "Is it going well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaiHoov

      i dink dat dis is dupid


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeatherRitchie89

      Does this seriously mark you wrong for not using a comma after good morning?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What else did you put?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nemo46163

      Everytime I type this word for one and it says it is wrong...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      We have no idea what you typed. Please include your complete answer if you want help.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucinda299576

      I had exactly what it was, yet it said i was wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Was it the type what you hear? or the Translate from French to English? Did you have the multiple choice, where you must put all correct answers and there can be more than one correct to choose?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gary916174

      Frenc or English will not work


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helene.cot

      It really did not sound like bien it sounded like blaine


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianMotta2

      Im writing well, but it says that im wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What was your complete answer?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aayush415301

      How can we put cedilla in a word


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OakDoc1

      Hold down the "c" key on your keyboard until a menu appears, then choose the "ç"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bubu448287

      Is my sentence corect?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      You need to copy that here if you want help. We cannot see your answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bella93437

      I translated this as "Hello, you are well?" I don't understand why they prefer it to be translated as "Hello, are you well?" Is this because to say "Hello, you are well?" would translate to " Bonjour, tu es bien?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jen631186

      Where are the accents?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Are you using a phone? if so, you can hold the letter until a menu appears to choose the correct accented version.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MouhvmedBa

      Hi I speak French by birth and I am learning English now, I am looking for a native English who learn French with whom I could converse so that we can evolve in our respective languages. If this tempts you can join me on my Facebook: Muhammed vll or on my instagram: Muhammed221 Thank you in advance and see you soon I hope


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justapuss

      I am a 54 year old English woman and no one has ever asked me if I am doing well. Are you well? or How are you are much more common. Doing well suggests progress in a specific area such as studies or work more than if you are feeling OK.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      It happens all the time in America.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaigeAllen02

      I thought bonjour meant hello. Im confused.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Bonjour does mean Hello or Good morning, but what else did you put?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex967833

      This has a big im spelling it correctly and it wont let me pass


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UltimateMaskMan

      srsly......what is diff between "Good day, how's it going?" and "good day is it going nice"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      We don’t ask “is it going nice?” “Is it going well?” We can ask.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarasuzanna

      I am typing in the answer correctly. DL keeps saying it is wrong but i have typed in exactly the same as the answer. I cannot get past this stage. What is happening?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What did you type? We cannot see your answer here and did you have the Listen to the French and type it in French or the translate from French to English.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DatGoodGay

      It keeps saying Im wrong when I am typing exactly what the translation box says


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Take a screenshot of this and make a bug report, but verify is this the Listen to French and type it in French or the Translate from French to English. If you want some help here, you will need to copy your answer here as we cannot see your answer here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeziaGabri4

      It keeps on saying I was incorrect but I was following the exact tranlation


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Satanpup666

      wait, so bonjour is hello, AND good morning?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeyPizzaLuvr

      Ok, what's going on? I typed "Good morning, are you doing well?" Duolingo marked it as wrong! That is ODD. Someone help.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BethCygan

      doesn't make sense


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trocan
      • 2092

      Repeated bug. Last question, answered "Bonjour, ça va bien?" and the app says is not correct? What is happening duolingo?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      I cannot verify that the last question was the same as this question. Do you have a screenshot of it?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VirginiaM.15

      Thanks i will try to listen.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VirginiaM.15

      What is being said. Can you type it in english?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      If you have the Listen to French and type it, then they want it typed in French.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VirginiaM.15

      What would i write. Help please.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ANURAGBHARDWAJ7

      Dping it roght but still shpwing wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AminaAyoub2

      It says I got it right and it said:" pay attention to the accents" and gave me the answer to the accents. So, I did pay attention but it Did it again and said:"pay attention to the accents." And it did the same thing FOUR TIMES IN A ROW when I did pay attention to the accents.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      Did you put the cedille under the c for "Bonjour, ça va bien?" ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kdrussell

      I wrote: "Hello, how are you going?" AND IT WAS WRONG!? Why?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Hello, how are you doing?" is the correct version.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vivi655523

      This translation is not the same as the one in the quiz. I answered "Good morning, is it going well?" I was marked wrong because I did not say is "everything" going well? It seems as though this can be translated in more than one way and can still be correct, based on the translation above. Can it also translate to "good morning, how are you doing?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      No, it can be "Hello, are you doing well?" You cannot ignore the word "bien".

      “Is everything going well?” would be “Est-ce que tout va bien ? ”


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jacobsrenate

      I feel that my translation is correct!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BobBrown799016

      This is generally hello,it could be good afternoon and how are you is more likely phrase in English


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "How are you?" is "Comment ça va?" or "Ça va?"

      Bonjour is used for “Hello” or “Good morning”


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robttink

      Why isn't: "Good day, is it going well?" a proper translation?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      It is rather uncommon in American English. This is not a formal, but rather an ordinary, greeting in French.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NBJWlogic

      They say I keep getting this wrong but I'm saying it word for word


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      What are you saying? There may be a problem with your microphone?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gaiagoddess

      What is wrong with "Is it going well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah926479

      I translated this as "Hello, are you well?" and got it wrong. Is that strictly wrong, or did I just use a phrasing that Duolingo didn't understand? Thanks!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lyssa407428

      I thought Bonjour was hello and Bonne matin was good morning. Is Bonjour interchangeable?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

      "Bon matin" is not used nor "Bonne matinée". In France they say "Bonjour" to greet people in the morning.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alana909933

      Bonjour also means good morning? I learnt in school it only means hello, or i just dont remember learning it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sebastian_111223

      I wrote, hello, is it going well? but it said incorrect


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brian554646

      "bien" does not mean "ok" in the lessons so far.


      [deactivated user]

        It can be translated as both "ok" and "good" (and a few others) although the literal meaning is "good".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

        The literal meaning is “well”


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kayra523127

        I answered with "Hello, is it going well?" and got it wrong. (The correct answer was "Good morning, are you doing well?" <sub>_</sub>)


        [deactivated user]

          Yep you're right, it shouldn't really be good morning as "Bonjour" can be used all day in France. Also, "ça va bien" does literally mean "is it going well" even though it's not exactly correct in english. I guess your answer is a little too literal for Duolingo. If I was speaking though, I would probably translate "ça va bien?" "How are you" or "How's it going."


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          No, « Bonjour » does also mean “Good morning” or “Hello”

          « Ça va ? » Is How are you? or How is it going?

          « Ça va bien ? » is “Are you well? or “Is it going well?”

          This should be reported if it was not accepted.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isai594778

          Hi little charly


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RileyRank

          It did not even give me all the words I needed for the sentence.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          You will always be given some words that will work, but maybe it was not in the form that you wanted them to be in, since there is more than one way to answer this. If you tell us which words were given, I can tell you what you could have put. ‘ Good morning, how are you? Hello, how is it going? Hello, how are you doing? What were you trying to put? You can hover over (on the web) or click on (in app) words to see hints.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DacarnaAbe

          i dont get this


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicolasGreicher

          I think it is "good-day, it goes well ?"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Except that we don’t often say “Good day” any more, not really. In old movies and old books perhaps? This is used all the time in French for “Hello”. In the morning instead of saying “Good morning”, they also say this. So “Bonjour” means “Hello” or “Good morning”. We tend to say “Is it going well.” or “Are you doing well?” or simply “Are you well?”

          Of course, it is even more common to say “How are you?” or “How’s it going?” or “How are you doing?”, but that would have been “Comment ça va?” or “Ça va?”


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roseprecio

          How does bonjour also mean good morning?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          What happens is that instead of “Good morning”, the French say “Bonjour”. Different expressions are used in different languages.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MHBSpain

          I put "all's well?" I thunk that should be accepted


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          “ all’s well?” Would be

          « tout va bien ? »

          « Bonjour, ça va bien ? » is an expression which translates to the expression “Hello, are you well?” or “Hello, are you doing well?”


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrabhjotBhatia

          Why didn't it accept "hello, are you doing well?" but accepted "Good morning are you doing well?"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Report it as another correct alternative. “Good morning, are you doing well ?” was an answer that had been reported earlier.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parth.L

          Please explain me what "Bien" is in all relevant contexts, Merci..!!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          « Bien » means “well”. The French expression uses this word. In English, there is quite a variety of ways to say this. The following link has many uses of “bien” in many contexts.

          https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/bien/9074


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chelsea74060

          My answer is correct!!! They dont provide punctuation marks and i can't put them in


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          What words did you use in which order?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saeed713396

          Isnt good and well the same for bien ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          “Bien” is “well” and “bon” is “good”.
          “Good” is an adjective that describes a noun. “He is a good boy.” “Well” is an adverb and can be used to say how you feel.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidCarta7

          Is are you doing well correct ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Don’t forget, “Bonjour” at the beginning is “Hello”. So the correct accepted answer above is “Hello, are you doing well?”


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cody739706

          What is the difference between "comment ça va", "ça va", and "ça va bien"? People in another thread were saying that "ça va" was like saying "are you well". People in this thread are saying differently.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          « Comment ça va ? » is used in French for “How are you?” or “How are you doing?” I hear in Australia that they actually use “How are you going?” which could be the closest to it literally, but we don’t use that in America. Actually, literally it is “How goes it?” which is a much less formal version in English, but the French less formal version is « Ça va ? » which is literally “It goes?” which we absolutely don’t say in English. So, the only difference between « Comment ça va ? » and « Ça va ? » is a matter of the latter is less formal or rather it is informal, as the second is a shorter form of the first.

          « Ça va bien ? » assumes that things are going well unless you answer differently, so we translate this as “Are you well?” though it is literally “It goes well?” “Are you doing well?” is another American version of this last one.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TimLongdon

          I've never said "are you doing well". And no native English speaker had ever said it to me either. "Are you well?" Or "How are you?" Are the equivalents of ça va bien (or just ça va, more commonly)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          It is an alternative in America. What do you mean by native English speaker? Someone specifically from England?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianaR716941

          So Bonjour can mean "hello" "good day" or "good morning"? Depending on context yes?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Yes, but I don’t think Duolingo is accepting “Good day.”, because it is less used nowadays, I suppose. If you were reading a book and someone in it said “Good day!”, there would be no other way to translate it.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadia564869

          bruh i wrote "hi, how are you?" and it said i was wrong because i wrote "hi" and not "hello". the fuck


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          French pays attention to what is informal or not and “hi” being informal would be “salut” and “bonjour” which is literally “good day” is certainly not informal and can be used for “hello”.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackTian5

          I think "Hi, how are you" should also be an acceptable answer.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          “Hi” would be “Salut”


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackTian5

          For real? When im talking, I use "hi" and "hello" interchangeably


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Yes, in French formality matters and there is an informal word to use for “hi”. “Bonjour” is used for “Good morning” or for “Hello”.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackTian5

          Oh, I see. Thank you for explaining!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margarita657299

          There is no "doing" in French.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Well, that depends on what you mean. French and English use different expressions for this and it should not be translated literally. (If I wanted to say that “I am in the middle of doing something”, I would say “Je suis en train de faire quelque chose.”). Both the English simple present “I do” and the English present continuous “I am doing” generally translate to the French simple present “je fais”, but they use the veb “to go” or “aller” in this expression about how you are. “Je vais bien” is “ I am well.” (more literally “I go well.” which we don’t say in English, though we would understand “I am doing well.” I think someone said that in Australia “I am going well.” could be heard for this. I have heard “It is going well.”, but that includes more than health in English and would be translated as “Ça va bien.” which can also be “It goes well.”


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nathan246759

          Why is this not "bonjour, comment ca va bien?".

          I get confused when comment is needed


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          You either ask "How is it going?" or "Is it going well?" not "How is it going well?"

          "Comment" = "How"

          "bien" = "well"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.FY2Ty7

          What is the meaning of Ca va bien please ask


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Ça va bien?" = (literally, "It goes well?") "How are you?"

          "Ça va bien." = "I am fine." or "I am well." or even "I am ok." as an understatement that we often use also . (Literally, "It goes well.")


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaanviRawa2

          Salut ! Comment ça va ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Ça va très bien. Et vous?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TaleaBrigg

          I am a little mad at Duolingo because i wrote "Hi, how are you?" And it matled it worng even though there was no clarification of wetger it was supposed to be good morning or hello.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Hello" would have been correct, but "Hi" is more casual and that would be "Salut" in French.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcusKari4

          Ça va bien I am doing well isn't it? But it changes in a question.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MArif214361

          Tip:You can click on each word to know the meaning


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChetanaNik2

          Does bonjour mean good morning or good evening


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Bonjour" = "Hello" and can be used when you would say "Good morning" (literally, it is "Good day") "Good morning" is translated as "Bonjour".

          "Bon soir" = "Good evening"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChetanaNik2

          Does bonjour mean good evening or good morning


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Good morning" or "Hello"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRudraks

          this was tooooooo easy


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Doublecheck Duolingo's instructions to you. Sometimes the answer is in English and sometimes in French. Always copy and paste your answer here for help as we cannot see your page.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichelleDe963454

          well how are going to know that but l got it corect


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nancy953436

          Can I not just way yes I am well, with out saying good morning?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.1XJRDV

          What is the meaning of ça?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "ça" = "this", "that" or "it"

          "Bonjour, ça va bien ? " is literally "Hello, it goes well?"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.g1Z2D9

          I cant getting it


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yigit_1881

          I wrote Hello, how are you and it said wrong. why?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          It is wrong. You ignored the word "bien" which means "well". This means "Hello, are you well?" or "Hello, are you doing well?"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maryamtoure

          I accidently press the check button without finishing my translation. Lost a heart.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.3m8yAl

          But cava is not r u doing well


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Ça va" is literally "It goes" or "It is going" and "bien" = "well", but this expression is specifically about health. The statement "Ça va bien." is about my health, but the question "Ça va bien ? " is about your health. "Are you well?" is also correct for the question.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parulbharg4

          Ca va bien means fine doing well


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiyaGeorge1

          Bonjour Everyone


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Bonjour tout le monde !


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoannaTrea

          I appreciate that this is the French course but I just feel the need to comment on the official translation of this greeting. "Good morning, are you doing well?" sounds really stilted and odd to a native English English speaker! It is polite, certainly, but it really sounds like a foreigner's almost-literal translation of the French rather than actual English! I do take the point that "well" is being included so as to reflect the "bien" part, but, in practice, you will be more likely to hear British people say things like, "Hello, are you alright?" or "Hi, alright?".

          By the way: Around Manchester and the North West, the most frequent greeting is, "Alright?" or "Are you alright?" and the accepted response is simply to repeat the greeting exact, as no further information is expected or required. This confused me at first because in the South of England, "Are you alright?" (spoken abruptly), actually means, "There's something wrong with you" or "You're odd" or "I really don't like you or your behaviour!". I had to get a local North Westerner to explain to me that the same phrases there were friendly greetings and not at all being rude and aggressive!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/favilita1

          How do i know if bonjour means hi or good morning?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "hi" = "salut" (which is more casual)

          Both "Hello" and "Good morning" are accepted as correct for "Bonjour".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelsey508628

          This question is making me feel syuck because i put the answer in and its suppose to be correct when it says im incorrect


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          In English or French? Many exercises come back to this page. Double check Duolingo's instructions to you. Copy and paste your answer to here or better yet take a screenshot.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nourhussen

          Bonjour, ça bien ? What is rong?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          You forgot the verb "va". Please delete the copies of your question below.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nourhussen

          Bonjour, ça bien ? What is wrong?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nourhussen

          Bonjour, ça bien ? What is the problems ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mainganmcg

          why doesn't Hi, How are you? work.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Hi = Salut

          Bonjour = Hello


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hasini594564

          Hi i am learning french


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Salut, j'apprends le français.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olf739570

          Good morning. How are you doing? should be accepted as noone says Good morning, are you doing well? :(


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          "Hello, are you well?" is also accepted as correct and yes people do say that. This is not the more common open ended question which would have been "Bonjour, comment ça va?" "bien" = "well"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeighSheppard

          Why is my audio stuck in turtle mode by default? It wasn't that way when I started. Is it a setting on my profile?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermana-Sabir

          I said bonjour means HI previously, but in this HI was not accepted... Why?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          No, sorry.

          "Bonjour" = "Good morning" or "Hello"

          "Salut" = "Hi"

          Less formal makes a difference in French.

          Please delete the copies of your comment below.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermana-Sabir

          I said bonjour means HI previously, but in this HI was not accepted... Why?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermana-Sabir

          I said bonjour means HI previously, but in this HI was not accepted... Why?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zarin_Subah

          How to understand when Bonjour is good morning and when it's hello?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Both are accepted as correct, so you can put either one. It would just be context.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.qgwqxK

          Ok i understand


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RajendraPr594282

          Bonjour everyone I just saw the chat and I think


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          Bonjour ! This is a sentence discussion. Do you have any questions?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bilhardas

          Is this voice necessary? Vogals hard to understand


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.j085Vt

          Ihad say good morning , are you doing well?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yoonfafa

          what meaning of "va"?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          It means "goes" as "ça va bien" is literally "it goes well". In a statement that becomes "I am well" , but in a question it changes to "does it go well?" and that becomes "are you well?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.vQrR7V

          Bounjour ca va bien


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gsell7881

          can i translate "ça va bien" like: how are you?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALLintolearning3

          You are ignoring the word " bien" which means "well". "Comment ça va?" means "How are you?" (Technically, "How goes it?" or "How does it go?", but ithe French expression is specifically about health.), but "Ça va bien?" means "Are you well?" (Technically, "Does it go well?" again specifically about health unlike the literal version in English.)


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