"Ça va bien ?"
Translation:Are you doing well?
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You have learned a valuable lesson. Never, never, never trust the little hover box without checking it out with other resources first if you are not sure. The items listed are merely suggestive of possible meanings and are not in any way an indication that they are all viable translations for the sentence before you, i.e., they are hints, not necessarily solutions.
[Edit: "Ça va bien" is an idiom which is translated in the general sense of "I'm doing well" or "I'm fine". However, take the same expression and put a question mark after it and it becomes "How are you doing?" or "Are you doing well/alright?" or "How are things?" So when it's a question, make sure you put it in the proper form of a question.]
Early in the course, you will be exposed to some expressions which don't translate literally. Yes, in Australia, they say "How are you going", but "are you going well" is not an idiomatic (natural) expression of "ça va bien ?" So if you speak English as a native language, then you need to understand that "ça va bien ?" is going to be "are you doing well?" and not "are you going well?" Remember that it is a shortened version of "comment ça va ?" which means "how you you doing?" or just "how are you?" What we are doing is translating natural French into natural English and sometimes that is not going to be word-for-word.
Your submission (including "expletive deleted") was received. Perhaps you would be kind enough to share "the common idiom(s)" where you are from and tell us where that is. BTW, the dictionaries I use most frequently are:
- Oxford French Dictionary
But I also use Reverso, Collins, Linguee, and Linternaute sometimes. Do you have some on-line references which you find more acceptable?
On a Windows PC, go to the control panel, Language, Keyboard, Change Keyboard, select US International. You will be able to type everything normally on QWERTY keyboard in addition to à ç é è ê ô ï and « ». On a smartphone, hold your finger momentarily on the letter and other character options will appear.
"bien" means "well". as in "I'm doing well". I was taught in school to say "Comment allez-vous?" which means "How are you?" Literally, it means "How go you?" Sometimes I hear people say "How's it going?"
The only time people here would say, "How are you going?" is if the other person was going on a trip and they wanted to know if he or she was going by car, plane, or bus.
No, it must be written with the cedilla, "ça". On a mobile device, hold your finger on the letter "c" for a seconed. A little window will pop open to allow you to choose the correct letter. On a Windows PC, go to Control Panel, Language, Keyboard, Change keyboard, select "US International", Add, OK. You can switch to this alternate keyboard (or use it as your default keyboard) and enter the special French characters on the fly: à ç é è ê ï, etc. On a Mac, hold down the Option key while you type "c" to get "ç" or Shift-Option-C to get "Ç".
The expression is rather wide open to contextual interpretation.
- In a restaurant, the server may say "would you like some more water?" No thanks, I'm good (means I don't need anymore water).
- "I am good" could be referring to one's behavior (I am well-behaved) or "I am a good person."
- "I am good" could possible refer to how one is getting along, in response to a general inquiry.
So we need to look to the nearest French idiom to convey what it is you mean. In the sense of a reply to a general inquiry in the form of "comment ça va ", it would be "ça va bien". Note that the form of the question influences the form of the response.
At first it seems like speaking another language is as simple as translating each word from one language into a single word in another language, but we see very early that it often does not work that way. It is an expression which has many different forms in French just like it does in English.
As a question, "ça va ?" (similar to "how's it going?) or "ça va bien ?" (are you doing well?) is an enquiry. One may also ask "comment ça va ?" or "comment allez-vous ?" If we try to translate each word literally, the process will quickly fail. So just follow the course and later you will understand, "Oh, so that's how it works."
Hello, Stephen. We don't disparage others for the way they learned to speak English. Every effort is made to accept standard BrE and AmE for all exercises. Before leaving this subject, please open the Google Ngram Viewer in your browser and select 1) Case insensitive, 2) British English, 3) Search lots of books, and enter: are you going well,are you doing well,how are you doing,how is it going. Then come back and tell me what you found. https://books.google.com/ngrams/