"Ça va bien."

Translation:I am doing well.

6 years ago

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So, Ça va is I am fine

And Ça va *bien is *Things are going well.

May things are fine be correct? as following the I'm fine "formula".

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemony_Fresh

Ça va can be both a question and an answer and is equivalent to "how's it going" (question) or "it's going alright" (answer). It literally translates to "it goes?" "It goes." - It's somewhat idiomatic, a bit like "how goes it?", "how do you do?" or even "what's up?" Bien = "well" so ça va bien means "it's going well" but could also translate to "things are going well".

On a side note, I believe the question form is short for "comment ça va". I guess by extension, the answer form is short for "ça va bien"

On a further side note, I have a french friend who likes to say "comment vas tu?" To which I would reply "je vais bien merci". ("You" & "I", rather than "it"). Or if you were being polite, you could ask "comment allez vous?"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/borogovia

This was relly helpful, merci

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kribaghdad

Yes

1 year ago

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Things are going well = Tout va bien.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kwrobel

Its telling me Ça va bien means Things are going well. The whole usage of ça is confusing. What is its usage on its own or is it never uaed on its own?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kylurr

Ça on it's own would accompany someone pointing at an object and saying "ça." meaning "this" or "it". It could be a response to "What's broken?/Qu'est-ce qui est cassé?" "Ça./It."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/huwehm

Or Qu'est-ce qui ça veux dire? / What does this mean?

Just an additional example of the use of "ça" Correct me if I'm wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpekkaDuhj

I agree. -Canadian here

10 months ago

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Tout va bien would be closer in translation to "everything is going well" or "it's all going well"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zinoKodje

Thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BABY_NEPH

it's strange because it says for "ca va bien": "another correct solution: I'm fine"

o_o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LamorthonyTheFF

That would be abbreviating the "I am", and it's the same for when you have "You are". ^v^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

Comment vont les choses is the better translation for how are things. Just memorize "comment ca va? Ca va bien" as the appropriate question and answer.. How are you, I'm doing well." Don't over think it.

2 years ago

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That should be fine in my opinion. Also, I think it's just a quirk that Ca va and Ca va bien translate differently on Duo like that. That is, I'm not saying either of those are wrong, but that Ca va can be 'Things are fine' or Ca va bien 'I'm doing well' also.

4 years ago

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Give hard one i will come back wen i want esy

2 months ago

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A helpful tip for new French speakers or anyone who has trouble with this phrase:

"Ça va bien" can mean 2 things: 'How are you?' and 'I am fine'. Confused if you hear "Ça va bien"? This will help you remember.

When you end "bien" on a high tone (in other words, going up in pitch), it gives an inquiring tone to the phrase. "Ça va bien?" means "How are you?"

When you keep the phrase in a straight manner (in other words, saying it monotone), it is more like a declaration. "Ça va bien" it then means "I am fine."

The pitch and tone the phrase is spoken at will help you understand what someone is saying and it will also help you to remember how to say the phrase yourself. Hope this helps and good luck to all French speakers on Duolingo! :):):)

4 years ago

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Guy: Ca va bien? Other Guy: Ca va bien, tu? Guy: Ca va bien, merci.

9 months ago

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for me, 'bien' sounded like 'blanc'; I was sure there was an 'l' in there; a far as I am concerned, the pronunciation of 'bien' was poor

5 years ago

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Don't confuse the nasalized "an", with the nasalised "un" (= "in" = "ein") sound.
The pronunciation of "bien" is ok, but the "ee" sound is a big too short. Anyway, we pronunce it like that sometimes, when we are hurry.

4 years ago

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Yes, I also got confused. Even when you press the 'slow' button , it says very slowly 'ça va' and then it rushes the 'bien'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictoriaOrozco0

True

2 years ago

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Same here. I could hardly tell what the last word was until someone told me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eron67

I love these chats, filled with smart people helping eatchother out and no swearing :)

4 years ago

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Me too! :)

4 months ago

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I love it to!!!!

9 months ago

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lol dab lord is here to exterminate you boi

5 months ago

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unless you feroucioussly whip nae nae

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maspiker79

The last word sounds like "blah"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CeciliaSmi2

I gave the correct answer and it said I was wrong, it did not recognize my answer

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maggsi

In Australia, we say "I am going well", so the direct translation seem to work ... however, not accepted by Duolingo on this occasion!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

It's not really standard english, which is what duo accepts.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reza.dfr

There is no standard English, linguistically.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NiaHillman

is anyone else having the problem that you type i am fine but it says its incorrect anyway?\

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

Are you sure it is saying incorrect? Duolingo sometimes suggests other correct answers, and sometime people confuse this with being marked wrong

1 year ago

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So how do 'ca va' and 'ca va bien' differ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/powjus

Ça va literally means it goes and ça va bien means it goes well. So ça va bien is slightly better.

4 years ago

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I am very well is not correct?

4 years ago

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It prompts to translate "Ca va bien" and gives the following options: "tall; am; is; fine; poor". Is something wrong or am I blind for the correct answer?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nightingale24

Okay, you people are confusing me.

3 years ago

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What do you find confusing?

3 years ago

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What Im confused about is that when I last saw "Ca va bien" it meant "Are you doing well?" as the correction told me. I put that in and it says its "You are doing well." Can someone explain when to use which one so I dont get it wrong??

4 years ago

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Ça va bien. - I am going/doing well (things are going well) roughly it's gisty. It's also idiom.

Ça va bien? - Are things going well, are you doing well? The question mark makes all the difference.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoodAsh1

Thanks that makes sense now. When I do Spanish it sometimes does the same thing. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrlh87

Hello! First day on this sight and I'm so in love. Quick question. I've run into trouble with using "I" as the subject of my sentence. I translated "Ca va bien" to "I'm doing very well," which was wrong, but one of the correct solutions was "Doing very well" ( I think the "I'm" in that suggestion is understood rather than explicit.) I don't understand the difference.

4 years ago

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Things are going well is also Les choses vont bien. Why are there so many, ugh.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mikanhappiness

I agree with your agreements,our French teacher pronounced the word differently.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

there are many french accents.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ameer8754

Whats wrong with "going on well" ?. It shows wrong!! :-(

4 years ago

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Because this is an idiom it should be translated to the closest matching English phrase(s). 'going on well' is not such a phrase. It is also not a direct translation from the French and thus does not get points for that. So basically you need to either use more common English phrases, or possibly translate the French more literally.

4 years ago

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thank you !

4 years ago

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De rien.

4 years ago

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why isn't I am fine, well corect?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

I am fine, well is not standard english, and as such is not accepted.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shirlgirl007
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I am fine is perfect English. I am well is also perfect English. Not sure if I am well is accepted, though. It should be in my mind...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/whyzee7

Apparently "It goes well" is also accpeted

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharlesCrawley

What the hell? I write ''All is doing well'', and Duo corrects ''He is doing well''. Could someone explain it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jtenparis

I was more casual and typed /All's well" that is actually correct grammar instead of the slightly more formal "All is well" and got an "Incorrect"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/acgisme1

It can also be "I'm doing good", right?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deanveggy

yes. i'm doing good is perfectly ok in my opinion.

2 years ago

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Duo, dear, I have perfect Parisian pronunciation. So stop telling me I need to "move on for now."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregMisene

I typed in "I'm very well." And got it wrong and it said that I should have typed "Its very well" is that right?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

the word very is not in this sentence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pedro.Pula

Curious, can we also say "Ca va bon?"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louiedashking

How do i change my profile pic?

4 years ago

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Go to your name at the top of the page, with the little downward arrow. Pick settings. There will be an option at the bottom for you to upload a new image.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzanmalaeb

Merci

4 years ago

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Merci je suis d'accord

4 years ago

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Merci ça va bien

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanSoDam

Im fine too! Thats correct!
Eg. Comment Ça va? Ça va bien merci

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LesleyShone

Les choses vont bien. Is this wrong?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuvnitSawh

It didn't accept "fine thank you"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tasdeeq

How to say bien? Does it end with nasal a-sound or aw-sound?

4 years ago

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Do you pronounce the n at the end of a word?

4 years ago

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no.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talea39

I didn't know what this meant so I clicked on the meaning and it said it means are you doing well so I typed it in and it said incorrect it means I am doing well it needs to show the CORRECT translation!

4 years ago

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That is a meaning. If it were in the question form. But it isn't. So that is not the meaning. The hints are just that. Possible translations, not necessarily the ones for this context. Questions have ? at the end.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Max_Guevara

For some unknown reason it gave me an error sign and said that it is "he is fine" and that doesn't make sense to me?!?!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hernandez6798

I thought ca va meant how are you ?

4 years ago

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If it has a question mark at the end it does. And if someone does say that then the answer would be the phrase used here.

Person 1: "Ça va ?" (raised inflection on last syllable to indicate question when spoken)

Person 2: "Ça va bien, merci, et toi ?"

As a tip, I'd suggest reading previous comments to see if they answer your question before posting to a comment thread. A long thread like this frequently has lots of people asking questions and others answering. It's better not to duplicate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flowernerd

Hes doing well?

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That's ok

4 years ago

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N

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mohamed30766

ca va bien is a question and its i am fine ?

4 years ago

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ça va bien? is a question and it means 'Are things going well?' ça va bien. (without the question mark, is a statement that basically means 'things are going well'. It's one of those phrases that whether it's a question or a statement depends on the intonation, which is represented here by the punctuation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AhmedWalee3

Ça va bien = I'm fine

4 years ago

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Things are going well should = i am fine

4 years ago

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NO

4 years ago

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Ca is confusing.

3 years ago

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How is the "n" in "bien" pronounced?

3 years ago

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How do you know whether it is I am fine or how are you doing?!!?!?!?!!

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Look at the punctuation if it is written. Question ends with ? statement ends with . If you are listening to it in actual speech the question form has a rising inflection on the end (the pitch gets a bit higher) whereas the reply does not and indeed may drop slightly at the end. I'm not sure if the duolingo has the different versions if you are listening to it, in which case either meaning will probably do, but I'd go with the statement meaning unless it has a definite lift at the end.

3 years ago

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How is "bien" pronounced? I did it as b-en, and got it wrong.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FentonKelly

I wrowt I am well and got it wrong!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Coly234

I got confused because it always has a capital letter to show you how the sentence starts.....

3 years ago

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D'accord Ca va bien Je suis malade J'mapple Ahmed Au revoir Sur De rien Merci beaucoup Comment Ca va ? Il y a une fille Bonjour Salut Bien venue Pomme Le garcon La fomme L'homme Il Elle Bonsoir

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koiyabailey12

Bonjour

3 years ago

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The words "Things", "are" and "going" were not given as choices for me to select. Was I supposed to just select "well"? If so, why was "well" not capitalized?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Beatrice121464

How will I place accents in the French words such ad ca?

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It depends on which operating system you are using. For windows installing and using the international keyboard is the go. For Mac there's various key presses (and you can look at the keyboard chart for it). Usually involving the right option key.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hass_abdallah

I confused with that

3 years ago

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هههه

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ankitagraw413967

Confused!!

3 years ago

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I wrote ça va beaon as a typo but it says I got it wrong

3 years ago

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when we do the french some times we make a tiny mistake and you say its bad, why do you do that?

3 years ago

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Since you haven't specified who you mean by 'you' I don't think anyone can answer that. If you mean why does duolingo say you have got something incorrect when you have not answered correctly, this is to make sure you don't still think the incorrect thing is correct. And they have provided a mechanism for you to propose alternate answers if you are sure that your answer is correct.

3 years ago

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I said goes well but it said I am fine what is the difference? and I am sorry for my english I might made some mistakes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lmd4152cool

stupid

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadni.salvador

ca va easy i learned this in french class

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Murrelia

Australians would say: 'I am going well.' Not: 'I am doing well.' 'Doing' sounds like an Americanism.

Even the next few entries refer to 'going' rather than doing. I suggest that 'going' is an acceptable usage.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deathslicer996

why is how is it going work

3 years ago

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:( its not fair

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neyssa13

It says nothing about a boy/ he? This question is incorrect

3 years ago

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What boy? Your comment does not make sense.

3 years ago

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I don't understand, why isn't Ca va bien = How's it going?

3 years ago

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Ça va bien. (with a full stop) is a statement and it means 'It is going well'

Ça va bien ? (with a question mark) is a question that means 'How is it going?'

It's an idiom. In speech they are distinguished by the question form having a rising pitch at the end of bien, whereas the statement form it is either the same pitch, or a dropped pitch at the end.

How many comments did you read before posting your question?

3 years ago

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I put Is it going well and when I scrolled over the dotted line it was correct. I submit it and it's incorrect. What did I do wrong?

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The hints don't know context.

"Ça va bien ?" = Is it going well?

"Ça va bien." = It is going well.

This is one of those idioms that is both the question and the answer, usually distinguished by the inflection in the voice at the end (question form has a rising pitch, statement level or even dropped pitch). In writing you can tell by the punctuation marks. ? for question and . for statement.

3 years ago

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Thanks for the help!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/liv869547

Ça va well i thought it ment how are you

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Ça va? or Comment ça va? would mean "how are you? "

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djdjdjdjdjdjd

3 years ago

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I dont get this, can someonw plz explain

3 years ago

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It told me it translates to "He is doing well" i thought ça va bien ment "Things are going well"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan12346

Bein is same as bien

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ExtremeDabber420

Anyone get the:

Translate: Ça va bien |------------------------| | It is going well | |___|


Wrong?

It says I got it wrong, and that the correct translation is: "HE IS doing well"

I find this confusing. Am I right? I'm so sure I am

3 years ago

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whats up

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Starstablehorse

oh woops

3 years ago

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So i type how are you it turned out to be wrong did it not accept it because i did not add the ? In the end???

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No, because this phrase isn't ça va bien ? but ça va bien. It's not a question. If it were a question then the French would have a question mark. But it doesn't. So it isn't. It's the answer which is "I am fine"

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zxcvbnjmk,./

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/langmaster114

It sounds like "ca va blun."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HazelJoshua

I did not get what they wanted me to do?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiselleGal15

Bonjour ça va bien.

3 years ago

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ccnldcdkd

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jawaman11

I put "How's it going." Didn't work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/domingo_Toros3

Why would is it going well not work

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/derrickway1

I wrote "i am you" LOL

3 years ago

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I am WELLLLLLL

3 years ago

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I wrote " I am good" .

3 years ago

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Hello everybody

3 years ago

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I cannot type ca with the little tail or cedilla!!!?

3 years ago

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Underneath the box where you type in your answer, there should be some "special" keys with accent marks. One of those should be a C with a cedilla.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

try it on your phone. mine has a little globe next to the space bar. if you click on that, it lets you select a different language. so on the French keyboard, the letters are in a little different place and if you hover over the C for example, you can choose the regular C or the one with the cedille. It reverts to a French dictionary too, so by typing the word garcon, it automatically changes it to garçon.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Denilson625155

Woyy

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RinitaGhosh8

I really didn't get that part!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoStever

I always miss the "ç"character, instead of "c" (It's the little squiggle on the bottom)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julie953495

It can be hard for me to learn new languages

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HiSally0_0

hi i am a chinese student. i wonder whether i can have a good command of french if i go to france to study for about two years

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

of course! good luck and have fun

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marissafrench

I wish they woyld enunciate

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paularovik
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How do i get a french keyboard in 5he program when i already am using two languages? I can't find it .

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sudhakar988274

Ce va been.

In key pad there is no option to write better than this. I tried the same but it's not accepting

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Immanuelle2

It's difficult

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michaellaullery

it is stupid the one i would have coosen is how is it going

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taruntapesh

Yes

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taruntapesh

Rhrnr

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sylvasaur1

It told me that the answer was "This is going"... -^-

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Natalient

How is ça va bein ? He is doing fine. HE IS IL

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ari417866

I said "Its going well" and it counted it wrong. The correction is " IT IS going well" which is basically the same thing!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shirlgirl007
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I think to be equivalent you would need the contraction, of it is. So: It's going well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NatishaGeorge0

I don't understand what the computer voice saying

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarshitSax2

How do we know whether it is a question or not??

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucianoCar891861

Ça va bien is used to say "i am fine" or to say "everything is going well". That's right?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tyler7777777

I wrote "going well" but it was wrong. when IT SAID THAT!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ty-Foo

"Good" doesn't work? If I was asked "Ca va?" my answer would be "Good" or "Ca va bien"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nour.m0

so bad

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajhyreehol

I'm going to need less exercises like this because the answer was totally different from what I heard

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pixiereader

May I know the difference between vas tu bien and sa va bien and comment ca va?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EyeZaiyuh
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could i also say, "Je suis Bien"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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Not and have it mean the same thing. I'm pretty sure is an adverb that doesn't really go with 'suis'. ça va bien is the commonly used idiom. A lot of commonly used phrases don't translate well word for word, but you need to learn the phrases anyway since that is what is used.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmuppet

the french really don't know how to spell... in this sentence, what does that little squiggly line under the "c" mean? also, does anyone know why last two letters in french usualy are not pronounced? can anyone tell me that rule? Ty!

2 years ago

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The French know how to spell French words. The 'little squiggly line' as you put it is known as a cedilla and is a diacritical mark which indicates how it is to be pronounced. Usually a C in french next to a broad vowel (a, o, u) is a hard sound like the c in cat, but sometimes it needs to be a soft sound, like the c in nice. This is the usual pronunciation when next to a slender vowel (i or e), but if you want it next to a broad vowel like in ça or garçon then the cedilla marks that this is a soft sound. See http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/french-accents-and-the-cedilla.html for some information on the French accents. And it's not a hard and fast thing about the last two letters. Here's another site about pronunciation. http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/beginningpronunciation.htm

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmuppet

Thank you sooo much! (I just put that the French don't know how to spell because I'm 25% French and I suck at spelling:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynAdel1

Did not hear the bien

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DorothyDee1

No comment

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boss21gaming

I wrote I am fine and got it wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cynkue

bien does not sound anything like "b-en__

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annacraggs13

je suis un serpent

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annacraggs13

je suis un serpent! sssssssssssssssssssssss

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily100706

"I am good" is not an English phrase. "I am well" is fine. Perhaps the former is acceptable in US English but it sounds terrible in the UK.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

i am WELL is the correct English translation for this. I am good would mean I am well-behaved. In general, good is an adjective and well is an adverb. The adverb is more correct in this context

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charchar0705

how's it going does not work.... WHYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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Because it's not a question. No question mark at the end, no question.

Ça va bien? - question - are you well? / are things going well?

Ça va bien. - statement - I am fine. / Things are going well.

It's an idiom package that's part of the language that you cannot transliterate word for word into English and have it make sense. That's part of language learning, and believe me, no native English speaker has any high ground to stand on when complaining about idioms.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

how is it going is a question. comment ca va ,? is how you express that. the normal response is ca va bien.... it goes well. that's why "how is it going" doesn't work. you said in English the French sentence "comment ca va?"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liciton1

it says the answer is I am fine but when I hover over the word it says the the translation is is it going well

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

Try not to get so caught up in literal translations. much of language is common phrases and you should just memorize the different possible responses. ça va translated into English, means things are going ok, I'm doing OK.. , ça va bien is more like things are going well, I'm doing well, I'm doing fine. .... better than ca va. ca va mal is things are going badly, i'm not doing well at all.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Owlz25

I answered this question with 'I'm fine.' and it came up as a wrong answer... surely that should count?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LollypopCandy

is bien well good or fine?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Herminator123lol

It is it's going well but like why does it say after that it's i am am fine do i do something wrong....?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyPet
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Superman is good, I, however, am well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SparkleWeeks

this is easy until they start saying the word

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/het901405
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DingleBerryUK

A note for the devs: "I am" and "I`m" are the same thing. The latter is not a typo... Especially when you offer both in the word selection!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanaeMoore0

confused...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Callaboo

if this is i am fine, what is are you fine?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SalahObeng0

I thought Ca'va ment im doing well

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChelseaChelsea21

Why is it saying "he is doing well". I don't see how "ca va bien" is masculine?

2 years ago

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It isn't. ça va bien is 'I'm fine' or possibly 'he is fine' or 'she is fine'. It's a very very flexible idiom.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NeerajBiny

If "ça va" is bein referred to as it/this all the times, then how come the suggestion is "he is doing well". It's getting overhead.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexis_.

i thing it should be i am good

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsabellaT05

i am a bit confused

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/haharanahi

It is pronounce as "blanc" -_-

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tuqa285261

Ca va bien is also things are doing well

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ao191727

I am glad that "All is well" was accepted.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willleo10

i was looking at bien it told me goes well

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sasankkupp

how can the same phrase be the question as well as the answer ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xinode
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I typed in "How is it going" because thats what the drop down menu says and it marks it wrong.....fix this duolingo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

how's it going isn't really considered standard english, and duolingo usually only uses standard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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The drop down menu is hints only, like looking words up in a dictionary, it doesn't know context. Do NOT rely on it or complain about it not being accurate in the comments (feel free to report if it is completely out using the report button). Also How is it going is a question and "Ça va bien." isn't a question. "Ça va bien?" is a question. Note the question mark? In speech there is a change of inflection to indicate whether it is the question or statement form. The question has a rising tone at the end. The statement stays the same or drops in tone.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/x.rxby.x

ca va bien merci evou

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaitlinMobs123

I said good thanks and got it wrong!I meant i am fine, i just speak like that!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

If duolingo accepted that as an answer for this question it would be confusing to people. Even if it has the same feeling, it is not the same words.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reseyree

Ca va bien is pissing me off it just said he is doing well how before that it says things im confused and im starting not to like this app

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/admarx
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Shouldn't the English be "I am doing well" or "I am well", not "I am good"? It is supposed to be an adverb, not an adjective, correct?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tilmurph

when you slide your mouse over the words it says both 'it is going well' and 'how is it going (?)' how do we know which to say?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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If it has a question mark at the end it's the question form and you use 'how is it going?' if it doesn't then it's the statement form and 'it is going well' / 'I am fine' /any number of colloquial translations meaning the same thing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Attackontitan666

Its been well is not correct i dont get it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Attackontitan666

w

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClasherNF

I am fine too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pikachu3876

oh so

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/luke5556

it said on hints how is it going then it said it was rong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DantheminekidR9

wasn't Je suis for I am? so now it's also Ça va? okay then :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua209444

I'm like whaaaat??

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eleanor83809

When I try to type the little tail on the c in ca, it won't work. Have any solutions?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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It depends on whether you're using the web or the app and what your OS is. If you're using a computer keyboard you might want to look for international keyboard information. For apps on things such as smartphones you might try holding the c down and see if it brings up the ç as an option.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AidanCamac
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I put, "I am good." I'm correct, but shouldn't there be a Je in there?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taylorfan100

So stupid I said I am happy and it said I was wrong that is how I learned it in class

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnkurJamwa

Duolingo says that Ça va bien translates to I am fine. However, google translate tells me that it is Je vais bien. Which one is more correct?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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Ça va bien is the phrase that the French people use when asking if people feel fine and to say they feel fine. It's an idiom. Google translate is not so good at idioms.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YiheTang

I'm confused...It says ca va bien is i am fine but when i look at the other thing it says hows it going

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

Ça va? as a question means how is it going or how are you? Ça va bien as a statement or sentence means i am fine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kitturnbull50

This is going doesn't make sense.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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'Ça va bien' translates literally word for word as 'that goes well', but the idiom means 'I am fine/well'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KadenBourelle100

reductor \

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SumayaDarbo

The ç character annoys me though. Who will remenber a squiggle under a 'c'???

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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The squiggle is there for a reason. Usually c next to an o, a or u is a hard c, like a k, but sometimes, it isn't it's a soft c like an 's', when it's the soft 'c' then the cedilla (the squiggle) is used to tell you that çava is pronounces 'sava' not 'kava'. Similarly 'garçon' (boy) is pronounced garson not garkon

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evvv0

It's telling me it means He's fine. I don't get that

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rayray1270000000

I don't get this at all.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel351509

It said I got it wrong because of typing errors

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kidfury339

I can't get that c thing

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisMatt2

Why is the answer He's well?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kiingchriis44

this is wrong because the translater says so

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

What translator? Ça va bien, as a reply (and in this context of friendly exchanges) means I'm fine. Literally it means this or that goes well. We in English have many phrases that mean one thing literally and another in conversation. I really don't understand the confusion but am happy to help if you would like. Try to remember, some phrases you need to memorize, because the literal translation does not make sense, like "goose bumps"! Just memorize "ca va bien" as a réponse to "Comment ca va?" (see the ca va in each sentence?) and you'll do fine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pheobe1397

it literally said is it going well what am i supposed to type

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahB2665

Although it translates to "Things are going well" here, when it said it was incorrect it said the answer was " This is going" why would you even say this is going?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Megan662766

ok

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bellattlesey

Ugh, They shouldnt do these! i cant hear..

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariana581166

why doesnt it mean how is it going

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

Because ça va bien is a statement and "how's it going?" is a question.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Felicia_Burrill

ca va is i am fine but ca va bien it is things r going well

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaedynn.g

I thought it was I am good, grrr i am kinda angry

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marilyn678764

Bien sounds like blanc on the audio.

1 year ago

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No, it doesn't. Perhaps you should find one of the sites that has examples of the audio for words and listen to bien and blanc until you can distinguish the differences.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

I like https://fr.forvo.com/ personally.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Forrest741126

Hard to hear thd last word,

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RonaldLaut1

The accented "c" in ca va is not available on my keyboard

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateSimpson0

If on mobile try holding down the c. The web version should have little buttons available on the page.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fazrulz2

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taylor314509

I put is it going well and it marked me wrong. What is your opinion?guys

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraSti2

It looks like you made it a question and it is a statement. It is going well, not Is it going well, unless there is a question mark on the French.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anthony575229

Couldnt it also be taken as " it has been going well"? albeit a loose translation, still share the same connotation?

1 year ago

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No, because that refers to the past. This is current events. Things are going well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eve171157

Letters in the selection are wrong

1 year ago

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Insufficient information to be helpful in solving or even determining if it is a problem.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/340909225

ihate this

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FaithisMesmer

The option for response here was "I am good," which is incorrect english usage. Superman does good... we are well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TristanKam2

I put that

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yael47429

It is difficult to tell between s or c for ça. Sometimes it's best to write it down and let someone quiz you after you have written it down many times!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosminaOIT

I do Not have accents

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg385646

I feel the speaker doesn't always enunciate clearly. I will keep within the subject area and guess from there.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MOMMIE42691

It sounds like ça va blanc to me for some odd reason

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia619281

I understand how to use this but how do you do the sccent on your computer?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devina590702

What is the different between ça va and ça va bien ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devina590702

Hi ! What is the different between ca va and ca va bien?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Josie576643

I really. Love this app helped me learn french for a trip

1 year ago

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it's wonderful to see a positive comment on here, I too think this is a fantastic site, and it is my new hobby.. Bonne chance!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daKhajiit

Why does the robot voice not speak clearly?!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cora665723

Go liana!!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maggie805349

I got this wrong because the translation given me was "HE is right", how am I supposed to know it refers to HE?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/x.Black.x

How do I get the squiggly thing beneath my "c"?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sharman488596

I can't seem to get French symbols on my phone keyboard

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindaHumphreys1

I'm fine is just as good as I am fine

1 year ago

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I'm well should be accepted

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziba.malos

plese help me in this sentenc first time i answer "ca va bien ....it means it is going well ...and refuse my answer but for another time doulngo said this is correct answer not is it going well

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alspie22

so ca va bien with a period is I am fine but with a question mark is how are you right?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Hotshot

I think that i am doing

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisFarrell1

The most common answer to 'How are you? / How's it going? in English is 'Fine, thanks!' There's no 'merci' to translate here, but shouldn't Fine! be accepted? I thought we weren't supposed to translate such phrases literally.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ADRIANKLOS2

many different translations are acceptable here. "Things are going well" is just one more. "ca" is usually used for "it" or "things" "I" is more personal. Why not use "je suis" for your "I am" translation ?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpekkaDuhj

To me Quebecois it means "it is going well" as "ca" like give "it" to me so the "ca" means "it's"

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpekkaDuhj

It is going well as in "things in my life". Quebecois French , Canada

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karthei

Bien? Its pronounced somewhat like bhlan???

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessalynBe1

ok

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolas127684
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Why can't i just translate it as "It goes well"

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Draconis76

Why is 'It is going well' or 'It goes well' wrong? Question: How goes it? Answer: It goes well.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamABlake

What King of English is "I'm doing well". Surely it should be "I'm fine"?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2mhnkzrc
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This is a stock response, right? My stock response in English is "fine," but apparently, that's somehow wrong.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reagan320048

I no my frech oui mess yes this is the best app ever!!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reagan320048

I love it love Reagan

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdanTrujil7

could you also say "Je suis bien" ?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oakdoughnut9337

It should be " Hi am I doing you well, thanks!"

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2mhnkzrc
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That's...sugestive.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emily262220

I am doing well ca ve bien

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YudhiNugra3

Tout va bien = all is well

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miya468495

Sometime its hard to tell if it i am doing well or are you doing well.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peter723921

whats helping me in french is that i speak spanish...Ca va sound like como va ...so i see what ariaflam is saying.... if someone says "ca va" is like saying " how are you?"... and if it says "ca va bien" it can be a question also ..spanish is helping alot here...im beggining to see the commonalities ...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mostafa678361

I am fine is perfect english .

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte
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Took me a while to realize what she was saying, but at least I got the answer right. :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diya_Ghosh

Is there any other way of saying "I am fine" except ça va bien?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KELLYROBBI4

i said it but it must not of picked it up

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ieXEZn2E

I am doing well with my French lesson, "I am fine", "I am very well" today!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ieXEZn2E

Wierd, "I'm fine" is accepted, but "I'm very well" isnt

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ELHASSNAOU7

I'm going well

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Draconis76

That would be 'Je vais bien,' but that would be as strange in French as it is in English.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willow2018

Can i say 'I am fine' instead of 'I am doing well?' also who says 'I am doing well??'

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shirlgirl007
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I do all the time..

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AsaBerkemeyer

i thought bien meant good, so then it would be I am good.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DebbieOCon1
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My keyboard can not type this. I do not have the correct letters.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RayanRahmouni

Ça va can be both a question and an answer and is equivalent to "how's it going" (question) or "it's going alright" (answer). It literally translates to "it goes?" "It goes." - It's somewhat idiomatic, a bit like "how goes it?", "how do you do?" or even "what's up?" Bien = "well" so ça va bien means "it's going well" but could also translate to "things are going well".

On a side note, I believe the question form is short for "comment ça va". I guess by extension, the answer form is short for "ça va bien"

On a further side note, I have a french friend who likes to say "comment vas tu?" To which I would reply "je vais bien merci". ("You" & "I", rather than "it"). Or if you were being polite, you could ask "comment allez vous?"

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottMcCag

It literally translates to its going good. There is no I AM in this sentence, theyre asking that you assume the I Am goes there but they should know better.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Draconis76

Actually it is 'for me' that is assumed. It is going good (for me). In English, it is the answer to 'How goes it?' In the question 'for you' is assumed. In French though, the question is 'Comme ca va?' but that is usually even further simplified to 'Ca va?'

The meaning though is identical to 'I am doing well.' The problem here, I think, is that especially for basic greetings there are so many ways of saying essentially the same thing.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IcyHot4

doesn't make sense

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AHMAnge

I am very well thank you

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CameronLee389063

i am dumb

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica49564

I got it wrong and I was hoping to get it right.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael803627

So i guess it goes well was unacceptable. Lol

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GilbertoOr346507

Does the punctuation change the phrase ca va bien?

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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Yes. It's definitely idiomatic but, Ça va bien? is Are you well? and Ça va bien. is I am well. When spoken it's distinguished by the tone, the question form has a lift to the end in pitch.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicky7yrsold

How is this a greeting

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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There are these things that most languages have called 'idioms' that are often due to some event in the past or are shortened versions of longer phrases that we no longer think of that way. For example 'goodbye' in English is short for 'god be with you' but very few people think of it that way. Especially when they're using it in conversation. If you don't inquire into how people are going or doing when you talk to them you would probably come across as socially awkward. They are social lubricants. But this specifically is a reply to a question someone has asked as part of a greeting that means 'how are you?' in gist. That question could have been comment ça va?, or Ça va? or, Ça va bien? (with a lift in the voice at the end to indicate it's a question.).

5 days ago
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