"Salut, ça va ?"
Translation:Hi, how are you?
I PUT: HELLO ARE YOU WELL AND IT DIDN'T GET ACCEPTED LOL XD. (ノ•̀ o •́ )ノ ~ ┻━┻
The version "ça va" is not wrong, but It would be better to say "ça va bien, merci (the actual literal translation in this case would be "It is going well, thanks", if you want stay close to the formality in your conversation.
(And sorry for my mistakes, if I have many. I am not a proficient user of English yet :) )
See here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2618775
Comment ça va? (with the cédille, it's important), is litterally: how is it going? And the meaning is "How are you", because English, uses the verb "to be" where French uses the verb "to go", it's an idiomatic choice.
ça va? Is the short for "Comment ça va", it is: it's ok? (litterally: it's going?)
ça va bien/ ça va. is the possible answer to "Comment ça va?"/"ça va". I'm fine.
it differs when you put a question mark or a period at the end of the sentence. "ça va." can be "comment ça va?" as well and can be used as how are you doing or how are you. maybe it's just the way it is. i usually overthink and i always find myself confused cause i compare french in english too much and not realising that french has its own rules when it comes to grammar. anyway, i hope it helps. and if you have any corrections cause i'm open at any corrections. ;)
There's difference between question and answer in French. In fomal questions, you make a subject/verb inversion, ex: Comment allez-vous? But for "ça va" it's not possible,it is unformal, almost slang.
"ça va" is the short for "ça va bien", when you say "ça va bien"/ "Je vais bien", there's no possible confusion.
Yes, "sa va" is really improper and used by people who are not very good at spelling... I can understand they put "ca va" for "ça va", because they're too lazy to find the "ç" on the keyboard (It's a chat...), but I don't understand why people like to write" "sa" instead of "ça".
But it's the same with every language on the chats, the English uses more and more "u" instead of "you", "2" for "to", and "nite" for "night".
I don't think so, All is well, is as "everything's ok". In French, "Tout va bien?" and it doesn't mean you greet the person personnally, but you ask about how the general things are.
-Tout va bien dans ton travail? (Everything's ok in your job?) -Oui, tout va bien, merci.
-Tout va bien? You ask it when you need to be reassured about something, maybe the person is ill, etc... So, you ask "Tout va bien?"
"How goes?" just about has meaning, but I don't recall ever hearing it in real life. "How it goes?" is virtually meaningless. "How goes it?" is marginally better, particularly if the speaker is asking about some specific task or action. Much more general and common usage is "How's it going?"
Might just be me, but I'd find it much easier to get a grasp on a language if translations for phrases like "ça va" were more direct, even if it makes less sense in English. Then i wouldn't have to come to the comments section to figure out why certain combinations work or not.
Is there any point in telling Duo this entire Greetings exercise is not working!? I've completed the first set of questions two times, getting a Perfect both times, and it just will not give me the points earned AND it won't go on to the next lesson. This seems to be a glitch in the program and I hope it gets resolved.