Not really. 'Pizza' is a feminine word in french. Everything in french is either feminine or masculine.
Francais is the masculine term. It asked you to choose between Il and Elle because in order to speak the language properly, we need to be able to tell whether words are masculine or feminine. The proper use of elle would be "Elle est francaise" The e at the end makes it feminine
I got caught up on thinking that est was the word that needed to be masculine or feminine. I figured it would be este if it was feminine, so I went with "Il" and got it right.
After answering it, I wanted to make sure I really understood it and went to google translate to see what I'd get for "she is french". Still gave me "est". I kept changing it back and forth from "he is french" to "she is french" totally mind boggled as to how est could be correct in both, when the duolingo question only had "Il" and "Elle" as options. It wasn't till I came here to the forums that I realized it was "français" vs "française" that I should have been thinking about.
I'm really glad they included a link directly to these questions. Being able to discus them with other people makes the learning process so much more robust.
Ah yes, but they don't capitalize the adjectives, even with regards to nationality. English is unique in the fact that they captialize nationality indicators (language, heritage, etc.), be they nouns or adjectives. German will only do so with the nouns. E.g.
"He can speak French well" -> "Er kann auf Französisch gut sprechen."
"He is a French musician." -> "Er ist ein französischer Musiker."
Gotta love languages!
I agree with your last sentence :) I still can't fully understand why people dislike (sometimes hate) learning foreign languages. It's just so interesting and exciting... )) I think probably the problem is in the bad teachers who break the interest of learning. And it's unfortunately make me sad.
http://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/cest-versus-il-elle-est I was finally able to understand it.
the word French here needs to be capitalized. In fact, in french, if French refers to a person (if it is a noun in the sentence), then it is capitalized. But if the word french is an adjective in the sentence, then it is not capitalized. Ex: Les Francais sont forts. Les hommes francais sont forts.
The french dont usually use capital letters so when the use français it doesnt have to be a capital letter?!
There is a difference between the language and the people. So the french female person is francaise, but if a female person speaks French (language) it stays masculine - francais.
Elle parle francais. Elle est francaise.
Took me a few minutes till i figured it out as i had the same issue ;)
People are getting confused about why the french dont use that many capital letters and it is because they just dont want to