what is the difference between chat and chatte?
i am learning animals, and this means cat
The difference is one is female and the other is male. In general, when talking about cats, like when talking about a mix group of girls and boys people you just use il, you will just use chat.
This is the same with chien, if it is female, you will use chienne. And just like the posting above (and in english) when using the female version. It has its other connotations. So chienne can also be used to say ❤❤❤❤❤...just like a female dog is a ❤❤❤❤❤ in english.
Not for every animal, but yes, for many. And there are special words for young animals as well. Especially for farm animals or game animals. You don't have to worry much about the gender of a penguin.
le cerf = the stag; la biche = the doe; le faune = the faun la truie = the sow; le cochon/le porc = the pig; le porcelet = the piglet la vache = the cow; le taurreau = the bull; le veau = the calf
Just like in English, not every speaker knows or uses all the gender-specific terms. I once saw a French game show where they stumped the guests on some of the obscure ones.
So anyone have any idea why we're learning the word "chatte" if it's bordering on controversy? Personally, I think I'm just getting upset that I'm getting this whole "cat" thing wrong because these lessons were making me think I'd just lost my mind and forgotten that quickly that there absolutely was a French word for "cat" spelled c-h-a-t-t-e.