https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

French Essay Challenge!

Task: Write a paragraph in French with a minimum of 5 sentences of what you would do if you had a billion dollars. Be creative and have fun! The best writer wins 20 lingots! The challenge ends today at 11am EASTERN TIME and the paragraph that I think was the best will win. Note: US eastern time is 5 hours behind of GMT NEXT MULTI-LINGUAL CHALLENGE:https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1921951

February 18, 2014

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JC70

Si j’avais un milliard de dollars, je bâtirais un tour extrêmement haut en bois avec une seule chambre au sommet et un escalier qui mène à une toute petite porte au fond du tour. Puis, lorsque des gens arrivaient et demandaient de savoir ce qu’il y a en haut, je promettrais de le leur montrer s’ils concèderaient de me payer 20 dollars, et de signer un document qui dit qu’ils n’en diraient rien à personne. Après, je les mènerais au sommet du tour, arrivant enfin à une chambre complètement vide sauf pour une signe qui dit ‘merci de votre patience, bonne journée.’ Lorsqu’ils me demanderaient de leur repayer leur argent, j’indiquerais le document qu’ils eurent signé, où il serait écrit, dans des lettres presque microscopiques, que je n'accepte pas de retours. Je continuerais comme ça jusqu’à la point où j’aurais gagné deux milliards de dollars. Et alors, je bâtirais un deuxième tour.

De ce fait, je vous conseillerais de ne pas me donner un milliard de dollars.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

line 1: haute

line 2: au fond de la tour - or better en haut de la tour

line 3: arriveraient et demanderaient - conditionnel ++ de la leur montrer

line 4: s'ils acceptaient de - concordance des temps avec le conditionnel

line 5 : de la tour

line 6 : sauf une pancarte qui dirait

line 7 : de leur rendre/rembourser leur argent - qu'ils avaient signé - en lettres

line 8 : pas de remboursement - jusqu'au point

line 9 : une deuxième tour

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JC70

Wow, thanks for this! It was a deliberately contrived jungle of tenses, so it's good to get some feedback. Annoyingly, there are some things I got wrong here that I got right and then edited like "jusqu'au point' and 'rendre' for repay...

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

You're the winnerJC70!!! Here's your 20 lingots and what a creative story!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JC70

Many thanks indeed for the fun contest!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

I haven't participated because French is my first language, but here's a lingot for the nice idea !

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Thanks! It'll help me fund my next challenge. And I'll post a mutli-language challenge next. :)

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JC70

That sounds like a fun idea. I think I will donate half my prize back to you to help fund it :)

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus

J'achèterais un bateau de croisière. Avec ca, je vais aider les pauvres. En fait, je vais le faire même sans le milliard. Mais, si j'ai autant d'argent, mon bateau vont être plus grand. Je vais être le roi des pirates! Les Marocains, Français, Canadiennes et les Algériens vont aimer que je parle le français.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

line 1: j'aiderais les pauvres

line 2: mon bateau sera plus grand

line 3: les Français, les Canadiens... (personal message: you forgot les Belges, les Suisses, les Tunisiens, et encore d'autres !)

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus

Seeing something from you and getting a bit of help is always extremely appreciated! Also, I am aware of the other nations that speak French. I just have something particular in mind for each listed place. I live in America, right under Canada and think it would be a shame if I never went North, I want to do a lot of charity work in North Africa, and my dream is to learn to cook in either Paris, France or Kobe, Japan.

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Well good luck! I hope you do get the job you want.

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

You're in second place Andrealphus! Have 2 lingots!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus

Placing anywhere above last place in such a great community is an honour! Thank you!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JC70

Also: OP, I would suggest you advertise whether you mean 11am GMT or some other time zone.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Thanks, I wouldn't want people to miss the opportunity.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

Very morbid and i totally messed grammatically but i hope it's still understandable. Si j’avais un milliard, J'achèterais une ile pour mes expériences sinistres, je vais acheter un immense château inexpugnable que personne ne puisse savoir ce qui se passe la. Les expériences comprennent: Les forçant a regarder des films de Uwe Boll, coupe de leurs doigts et de les trempera a la sauce à l'ail. C'est delicieux!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

line 2: j'achèterais une île - mes sinistres expériences (subjective)

line 3: pour que personne ne puisse savoir ce qui s'y passe - les expériences comprendraient

line 4: les forcer à - films d'Uwe Boll - leur couper les doigts et les tremper dans de la sauce*

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

AW, thanks a lot. How does Forcer à works? Forcing to do homework, forcing him to surrender etc..

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Yes, "forcer à + infinitive" : les forcer à regarder

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Thanks Frenchlearner.11 for the extra load!

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

More time recommended.

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Okay, great idea. And more lingots too!

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Donny17

Me too I want more time. But this is pretty cool!

February 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/A51f

I wish I knew more words in french!!

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

Don't worry, I'll post more challenges in the future

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/A51f

Thanks!!! :)

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII

You can use online dictionaries to help a bit with vocabulary for specific purposes (like writing an essay), try www.wordreference.com, for instance.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/A51f

Sweet! Merci !

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nproiett

Such a fun idea! Here's a lingot to help fund your next challenge! :)

February 19, 2014
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