"I am fine, thank you."
Translation:Ça va, merci.
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On my laptop the special letters with the accents on them are shown under the box you write in, so you just need to click on the one you want. Okay they are not shown here but you can always cut and paste if someone else has used it in on the page like this "Ça va, merci."
Bien is the adverb well, and adverbs modify verbs. Va is a verb, so you can't say "It is going good" or "I'm good". You have to say "It's going well" or "I am well." Good is an adjective, so if you say "I am good," it implies you're a good person who does good and charitable things like feeding and clothing the homeless and fighting for the oppressed women in Iran. Someone who asks "How are you?" doesn't want to know that, they want to know how you are feeling at the current time.
asked my husband (raised in France) the same thing. I assumed bien was used how "well" is used in English. (He used to get on me for saying sleep good when it should be sleep well haha). He said the only time you would really say bon is when someone is perhaps asking you if you're hungry or cold and you would say "oh, it's/I'm fine." "c'est/ ca bon" or with food, saying the food is good.
Just curious, I know that merci translates to mean "thank you" in English, but is there a part of the word that specifies that the speaker is thanking "you"?
I'm sorry if my wording confused anyone, but I just came up with this question so don't know how to come up with an accurate query. Thank you in advance for your help and patience!
One of the possible answers to the question, "Comment ça va?" ir just "Ça va?" (both mean 'how are you'/'how are you doing'; literally 'how is it going') is, "Ça va," (I'm fine; literally 'it is going').
It is akin to an English-speaker asking, "Are you okay?" and another responding, "I'm okay." So it doesn't need bien unless you want to convey that you are doing better than fine/okay--that you are doing well.
However in this case "Ça va, merci" is not a literal translation of "I am fine, thank you". "Ça va, merci" is closer to "It goes, thank you", which might be the answer to the English question "How goes it?". "Ça va bien, merci" would be "It goes well, thank you", which would be closer to "I am fine, thank you". "Ça va, merci" is more of a non committal answer like saying "It goes, thank you", as opposed to "It goes well, thank you". As Sitesurf has shown the verb "to be", so what he has shown translated into English is "I am, you are, he/she/it (he has shown the informal version of we, so c'est would be it is) is, we are, you are, they are". I hope that helps.
First you are on the right track, in that you have worked out that this is an answer to "comment ça va?" which literally means "how goes it?". Now you can answer it by answering "ça va bien, merci", "it go well/fine, thank you" or "je vais bien, merci", "I go well/fine, thank you". Where you went wrong was that you forgot the construction of the verb "aller", "to go", which is a bit of a weird one in French because they used more than one Latin verb to construct it. You can see from the list below that with "je" it should have been "vais" not "va".
Je vais = I go
Tu vas = You go
Il/elle/ça va = He/she/it goes
Nous allons = We go
Vous allez = You go
Ils/elles vont = They go