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"Ça va bien."

Translation:I am doing well.

January 30, 2013

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

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".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?"


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

This was relly helpful, merci


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnMoser1

I've often suggested that the literal translation is helpful, along with a discussion (on the spot, not in the lesson notes) of how that becomes the meaningful translation.

Also I recognize these things from German, so I type things like "It goes well" and get marked wrong.


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

Ahh thanks, that's really helpful!


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

Things are going well = Tout va bien.


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


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


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


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

I agree. -Canadian here


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathalie_1405

things are going well = les choses vont bien. :)


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

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

o_o


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

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.


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


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

no its not. i ca va bien is i am fine right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GabrielGom895098

Give hard one i will come back wen i want esy


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimbojones733563

Learn to spell before insulting the program.


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

it simply MUST be!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruby834219

My key bord doesn't have french letters, so i got it wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraSti2

what don't you get? when someone asks how are things, how are you, how is it going, they all mean basically the same thing. the French response. ça va bien means things are going well, I'm fine, I'm doing well. don't get so caught up in literal translations that you can't speak. sometimes it's best just to memorize the sentence how they say it. It will help make you a more fluid speaker.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Sapphira-

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! :):):)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Levi145125

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


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

U are so helpful! Thanks!


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

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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/l.a.u.r.a_

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


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

countvlad you need to listen carefully and lots of times to understand properly


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eron67

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reagan320048

I love it to!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maspiker79

The last word sounds like "blah"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CeciliaSmi2

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

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


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

There is no standard English, linguistically.


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

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


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GoodAsh1

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??


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

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.


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

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nightingale24

Okay, you people are confusing me.


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

What do you find confusing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FaribaHoss2

Explanation very well


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nightgirl15

Like, i typed it how i heard it..so like...i did what it said so why'd it say i was wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DineshKamb2

I can't type ça


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

I am very well is not correct?


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

No, it is not correct. If you had read the rest of the comments you might have gathered that. Please in future check the comments to see if others have already asked a question. And to answer yours if you wanted to say I am very well you would use "Ça va très bien"


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

Sorry Ariaflame, but there are 473 comments! There are no rules to say we must look through every single one in the hope that someone has the exact same query/solution.. There's nothing wrong with someone posting a question in order to get a direct, specific answer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ieXEZn2E

We are supposed to translate into English not franglish. As an English (in England) speaker I would rarely hear, or say, how are you "doing" except maybe when asking about someone in hospital (yes, I know there are exceptions) - I am most likely to hear "how are you?" "I am fine", "I am very well". So, unless the French sentence is anything more than a casual greating it should be translated as varying degrees of "I am fine", "I am very well", "well, thank you", "fine", "fine, thank you". "Doing" well is something a bit more specific.. "how is he doing in school?", "he's doing well with his studies". "How's it hanging/going" is quite slangy. Plus, Ariaflame, you sound rude! Unintentionally, I'm sure


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

I said please. And I answered the question. When you get the same thing posted 400 times because people have not read the thread to check, after a while it gets to a point when you wonder if there is any point in answering since if they won't read the thread, why will they read your response. So it's mostly there in case someone does read the thread.


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


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

there are many french accents.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ameer8754

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


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

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.


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

why isn't I am fine, well corect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shirlgirl007

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...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whyzee7

Apparently "It goes well" is also accpeted


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/acgisme1

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


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

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

the word very is not in this sentence.


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

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


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

How do i change my profile pic?


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

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.


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

Merci je suis d'accord


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

Merci ça va bien


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

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


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

Les choses vont bien. Is this wrong?


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

It didn't accept "fine thank you"


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

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


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

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


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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?!?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hernandez6798

I thought ca va meant how are you ?


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mohamed30766

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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmedWalee3

Ça va bien = I'm fine


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DawsonJack1

Things are going well should = i am fine


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

Ca is confusing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaSmith88939

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmiller05

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


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

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.


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

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


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

I wrowt I am well and got it wrong!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coly234

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmedMagdy925078

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kae.contact

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatrice121464

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


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

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.


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

I confused with that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZoeSmith07

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pook2007

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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arjin02

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.


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

ca va easy i learned this in french class


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deathslicer996

why is how is it going work


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neyssa13

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


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

What boy? Your comment does not make sense.


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

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


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

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnConlan1

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?


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnConlan1

Thanks for the help!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/liv869547

Ça va well i thought it ment how are you


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

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


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

I dont get this, can someonw plz explain


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan12346

Bein is same as bien


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


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

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???


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

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"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/langmaster114

It sounds like "ca va blun."


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

I did not get what they wanted me to do?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiselleGal15

Bonjour ça va bien.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jawaman11

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


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

Why would is it going well not work


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/derrickway1

I wrote "i am you" LOL


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

I wrote " I am good" .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bev306477

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


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

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.


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


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

I really didn't get that part!


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

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraSti2

of course! good luck and have fun


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

How do i get a french keyboard in 5he program when i already am using two languages? I can't find it .


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ari417866

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shirlgirl007

I think to be equivalent you would need the contraction, of it is. So: It's going well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatishaGeorge0

I don't understand what the computer voice saying


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarshitSax2

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucianoCar891861

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tyler7777777

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

could i also say, "Je suis Bien"?


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

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.


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


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

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvelynAdel1

Did not hear the bien


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boss21gaming

I wrote I am fine and got it wrong


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

bien does not sound anything like "b-en__


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annacraggs13

je suis un serpent


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annacraggs13

je suis un serpent! sssssssssssssssssssssss


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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charchar0705

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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?"


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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Owlz25

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


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

is bien well good or fine?


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


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

Superman is good, I, however, am well.


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

this is easy until they start saying the word


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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SalahObeng0

I thought Ca'va ment im doing well


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChelseaChelsea21

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


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

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.


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


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

i thing it should be i am good


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsabellaT05

i am a bit confused


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

It is pronounce as "blanc" -_-


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tuqa285261

Ca va bien is also things are doing well


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ao191727

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Willleo10

i was looking at bien it told me goes well


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

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


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

I typed in "How is it going" because thats what the drop down menu says and it marks it wrong.....fix this duolingo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

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


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

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.


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

ca va bien merci evou


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caitjem03

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


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


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


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


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Attackontitan666

Its been well is not correct i dont get it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luke5556

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DantheminekidR9

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eleanor83809

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


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

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.


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

I put, "I am good." I'm correct, but shouldn't there be a Je in there?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taylorfan100

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


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


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

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.


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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kitturnbull50

This is going doesn't make sense.


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

'Ça va bien' translates literally word for word as 'that goes well', but the idiom means 'I am fine/well'


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evvv0

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rayray1270000000

I don't get this at all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel351509

It said I got it wrong because of typing errors


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kidfury339

I can't get that c thing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisMatt2

Why is the answer He's well?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiingchriis44

this is wrong because the translater says so


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pheobe1397

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


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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ariana581166

why doesnt it mean how is it going


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraSti2

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


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marilyn678764

Bien sounds like blanc on the audio.


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Forrest741126

Hard to hear thd last word,


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonaldLaut1

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateSimpson0

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taylor314509

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthony575229

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eve171157

Letters in the selection are wrong


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

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


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

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


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


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

I do Not have accents


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meg385646

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MOMMIE42691

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia619281

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devina590702

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devina590702

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Josie576643

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shirlgirl007

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!!


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

Why does the robot voice not speak clearly?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maggie805349

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sharman488596

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaHumphreys1

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fat.Red

I'm well should be accepted


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alspie22

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


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

I think that i am doing


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

Bien? Its pronounced somewhat like bhlan???


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

Why can't i just translate it as "It goes well"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Draconis76

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2mhnkzrc

This is a stock response, right? My stock response in English is "fine," but apparently, that's somehow wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reagan320048

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reagan320048

I love it love Reagan


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdanTrujil7

could you also say "Je suis bien" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oakdoughnut9337

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2mhnkzrc

That's...sugestive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emily262220

I am doing well ca ve bien


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YudhiNugra3

Tout va bien = all is well


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miya468495

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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mostafa678361

I am fine is perfect english .


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

Took me a while to realize what she was saying, but at least I got the answer right. :)


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KELLYROBBI4

i said it but it must not of picked it up


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ieXEZn2E

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ieXEZn2E

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Draconis76

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Willow2018

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shirlgirl007

I do all the time..


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DebbieOCon1

My keyboard can not type this. I do not have the correct letters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?"


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


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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IcyHot4

doesn't make sense


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

I am very well thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessica49564

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael803627

So i guess it goes well was unacceptable. Lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GilbertoOr346507

Does the punctuation change the phrase ca va bien?


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

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vicky5497

How is this a greeting


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

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.).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oisin438960

i tapped on the word because i didnt know what it was and it sais are you doing well and i type it in and its wrong :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andii702485

When do I use ça instead of je suis?


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

Why is "yes I am well" incorrect whereas "yes I am doing well" is deemed correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Romeo234664

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".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Romeo234664

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?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MahyarM7

How do you know that it is I am doing well? Isn't it, doing well? It doesn't say "je"


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

Why there is no 'Je' here? Does 'Ça' replace 'Je'? What's the different?


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

Does Ça replace Je? What's the difference?


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

Are you familiar with the concept of 'idiom'? Basically sometimes direct transliterations do not match closest meanings. Ça va bien basically means 'that goes well' or if there's a question mark at the end 'does that go well'? And basically means I am fine, things are going well, I'm good. That sort of thing. Once you learn that languages do not map one to one, you'll do a lot better in your language learning. Learn this one as a stock phrase and don't worry too much about the literal meaning. After all, most people saying 'goodbye' in English don't actually mean 'god be with you'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doriii35

Why doesn't I'm fine correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marta.dukat

I feel fine or I am fine have to be accepted too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marta.dukat

"I feel fine" or "I am fine" are correct too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marta.dukat

I feel fine corrected too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marta.dukat

I feel really well is correct!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruth708450

That is not idiomatic, nobody would say that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shubhangi175746

Does this sentences when translated in English stands fir both meanings???? 1.) I am fine. 2.) I am well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snowflakeg8

I just gussed this one and I was correct I am so lucky


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YEET842394

I put good so i could see what it means... Aaannd i got it correct


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

Ça va bien means more than one thing. It could either mean: I am doing well or how are you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Masha281601

If ça va meant i am then what je suis stands for?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baya763635

How understand? I am russian ,I bont undarstand


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilviaGema2

How are you. Very well, thanks. Comment ca va. Ca va bien. How are you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafanHasan1

pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafanHasan1

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?"

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    I'm good thanks, is apparently wrong, but I don't agree.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/probir2

    For how long this Basic will keep going? I have been working on this single level for about a fortnight perhaps. This prolonged retention acts as a disincentive. I feel the administration should consider this aspect.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dejodamael3107

    Why when we spell somthing wrong they make it a problem But somtimes when you do they dont do any thing Example:tommorow, tomorrow


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaditya011

    In the previous lessiona Je Suis Paul translated to 'I am Paul' now Ca Va Bien translates to 'I am well', there seems to be something wrong as "Je" translates to "I" suis is for "am" so should it be Je Suis 'french for well'


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

    It's hard for me to accept this. Do native french speakers really say it like this!? Cause there's no "I" here, "doing well" should be right... Right!? xP


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    I hope you are well


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    My answer was "It's going well." marked wrong. Still not entirely in agreement to the explanations, but I understand. Merci Bien.

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