Hiya Natalie. What I have just done is go to the end of your post, clicked on "Give Lingot" then a box comes up asking whether I want to do so (Daft question!) I then click on "OK" and the lingot is given. I have just done that and Bingo! it worked and you have a lingot. Votrre ami JJ.
Hiya Miriam. Although I came here to learn French, I was intrigued to know what nnyf meant I looked it up in my OED+Websters, Wikipedia and Google and all I got was Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation, and johNNYFonk. Is either of these what you meant and if not please would you enlighten me as to what You meant by the acronym? Thanks in advance. JJ.
It's an optional liaison, generally pronounced in formal contexts (higher registers) but less so in contemporary informal contexts. This page has more info: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm
ok ok, I've posted this on a lot of these, but WHY CANT WE LEARN ANYTHING USEFUL! Things like this are absolutely hopeless! This is the best one so far! We all feel like this from "temps et temps" but really, can't we learn anything like "I need to pee" or "wheres the hospital" or "I'm dyeing" or maybe "wheres the toilet, I feel ill". Not simply "I am fat". And anyway, the literal meaning doesn't make sense! WHEN WILL A WHALE TALK TO YOU!
Just as an aside, Rachel, we English have a saying "He's gone bananas" meaning he got very angry (or sometimes insane). Duo sentences can be very strange but this one is beyond even them. It seems that the French course suffers above others with unclear diction from the voicebot.
Excellent. No reference in my Collins Robert to this phrasal adjective. You sent me on quite a journey! All I came up with was a response from my native French friend Didier in Geneva. He recommended two: "Je suis un metamorphe (with accent) which may have rather intimidating connotations, or they say "Je suis un Shape-Shifter", ! Hah! Leaves me just a little proud to be English in a rather timid way. (Ah, and Shape-Shifter" seems not to be a word, but a hyphenated two-word phrasal adjective.)
Sorry that you do. I'm a great big Blue Whale. OOOoooo the Power! Here me serenade from a thousand miles away. Please don't resent me nor my call. Did you know that I can make the same whale "Chirp" en Francaise? A Cousteau. Please indulge a whale's wonderful ways and find a way not to resent us. We are here. Almost!
Yes and no, mostly no. When Duo says "Je suis un baleine", it says "I Duolingo am a whale". Of course, however polite you may be, your translation cannot agree. (Yes, Duo, you are, even though. metaphorically it, the French course, IS .) You just have to imagine your self as one of the most successful and beautiful mammals ever, and agree. Then, just translate. You never know, the next sentence may be "Je suis parfait!".
Lively up Jen. This is not a French phrasebook to take on holiday to France. Often Duo does not make sense; what it does is teach us grammar, gender, articles, numbers, where to place adjectives and so much more and THAT IS CLEVER. Not satisfied? Try Babbel or Rosetta Stone and their fees and see if their task sentences make any more sense. They really are clever, though, because they get you to pay for the privilege of nonsense task sentences. Try them and their cleverness.Also you have excellent grammarians here on this Community site who will give their time and focus freely to help you. That is Not Clever. It is love. Go find that in Babbel or Rosetta Stone. I'll tell you what is not "Clever"; it is Not Clever to knock this free site, mate. Clever is just to learn, sense or nonsense. That's clever. With respect. the grammar of a language.
Who pissed in your porridge? I don't like this sentence because I am dealing with an eating disorder and this sentence almost caused a relapse. I pointed out that it wasn't clever for this reason. Next time you go off on a ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ "lecture", go outside to think about something else instead. And if we're talking grammar: your excessive use of punctuation and chopped sentences are less than impressive and made your attempt at making a point into a clutter.
Christian, show me a whale that is fat. I'll show you whales WHO are Intelligent, Caring, Communicative, Giving, Non-Judgemental, Far from Opinionated or at worst Bigoted, Do Not Have Religion which separates their kind, even kith and kin; .Make Wars, they do not Rape, Attack Each Other, Claim Territory, Aaannnddd they are so very friendly to US Humans who have been and to an extent still so LETHAL for them, The Beautiful Ones! Lively Up Mate and be proud to be a slim and slick WHALE!. Far closer to Jesus than any Human Obese or skinny. Just the one last point on this Language Learning Site.... the personal reference to one's self is written in Higher Case. "I" Not "i" and a comma would have served a use between "rude" and your incorrect lower case "i". Time for you to sort your own house out before you sort out the world.
So far, on this whole website, I've said that I'm a whale, a bird, the president, a kid's grandmother, a tree, a fish, the Pope, a turtle, red, blue, black (I'm white,) from Costa Rica, a woman (Je suis un garçon,) a journalist, a cat, a dog, and a partridge in a pair tree. I wouldn't be surprised if Buzzfeed came over and made a stupid personality quiz based on the lies Duolingo tells me.
Aimee; all the more of you to enjoy? I'm 70 and hair doesn't crown me anymore but insists on growing out of every orifice. I was quite good looking once and this body I live in now is disappointing to say the least. Think on this: In another lesson you'll be a fly. I came across that one when I was eating supper! Sausages. Suddenly they looked like............................ So, yes, I binned supper. Whales are absolutely beautiful and wonderful but maybe krill and sardines will disagree on that?