"Je mange une orange."

Translation:I am eating an orange.

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/deliprao

Am I the only one to think what the speaker is saying sounds completely different than what I'm typing?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/akvashi

yea I cant really make out what its saying. I hear the orange part but the je mange sounds wrong or just muddled idk. can someone post what they are saying phonetically?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jinxaholic

If you listen to each word (Je and Tu) repeatedly, and again in phrases, I found that Je is pronounced more like 'Shuh' or 'jUH' and Tu is pronounced more like 'jEW' or 'Schoo'. This means that I personally tend to pay attention to how the word is pronounced at its ending - if it has a hard ending, like UH it is Je... if it has a softer ending it is Tu... if you try either one of phonetic examples above you can feel with your breath and mouth how it doesn't clip at the end like Je does.

Hope that helps.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

Je is transcribed [ʒə] while tu is transcribed [ty]. The [ʒ] is the same as the end of garage in English [gəˈrɑʒ], and the [ə] is the same as the enfing of the [ðə]. The [y] is a sound thet do not exist in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoryElizab

The [y] can be learned by mouthing the phoneme [u], that sounds like the the double "o" in the word word "ooze," while actually saying [i], which sounds like the "ea" in the word "seat."

1 month ago

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As an English speaker you think this, but as a French speaker, I don't understand how you can hear "Shuh" for "je". For me, "je" is always pronounced the same, and "tu" also.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katecook8

Je - j-u Tu - t-ooo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

There is a t sound in tu, but the French t sound is formed with the toungue close to the front teeth.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raminkhazaei

That was good guide.tnx

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulIvey1

When i hear 'tu' it sounds like "chew' to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

So it does to a greater or lesser extent depend on the sound reproduction of your machine. Even in face-to-face it leans toward Chew. It is a diction problem arising from the "Y" sound following the "T" of "Tu". Notice that "Ta, Ton and Tes" never sound like "Cha, Con or Chay". For any but the professionally trained it is nigh impossible not to have one's diction lean towards "Chew". So, as there is no French word "Chew", we can know that the word spoken is indeed "Tu".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

Je mange une orange is transcribed to [ʒə mɑ̃ʒ yn ɔʀɑ̃ʒ] in the International Phonetic Alphabet where each sign correspond to a different sound, that is every single sound have a particular sign. The tilde (~) over a sign tells us that it is a nasal sound. The [y] and [ʀ] do not exsist in English.

And the English translation, I eat an orange, is transcribed into [aɪ ˈiːt ən ˈɑrɪndʒ]. The silly phrase The garage ball is transcribed into [ðə gəˈrɑʒ ˈbɔl].

Now you have the means of figuring out how to pronounce, and what to expect orally, from the given French sentence of this exercise.

You can experiment with phonetic transcriptions here (English transcription) http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/english-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english and here (French transcription) http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/french-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Annette359130

No. The speaker does say what you are typing it just says it fast making it sound completely different. Ym

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aditi795611

No .me to

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HazelSeren

I hear what you are saying. If I hadn't taken high school French I'd be very confused with the speed they're using. It's very quick for English ears.

3 months ago

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    Nope

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/saf454873

    Your not! The audio is NOT clear

    8 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/ishita300589

    Yes I also cannot recognise the words

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/annamariaterezia

    how do I know which words are feminin or masculin?

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/DanTheManLand

    French gender is a constant headache for many students of French. Why is manteau masculine and montre feminine, when both men and women wear both of them? What's the logic behind gender in French? There's no simple answer to this question, and no simple way to know the gender of every noun other than just learning the gender with each word. There are, however, some patterns in suffixes and word endings - certain endings tend to indicate masculine nouns, while other endings favor feminine nouns. As you can see by the lists of exceptions, these gender patterns are not fool-proof, but they can help you to figure out the gender of many French nouns.

    Read more:

    http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/genderpatterns.htm http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/le_or_la_in_french.shtml

    5 years ago

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    The logic behind gender is almost only an etymology matter. French is the son of the latin.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

    And here is a list at Duolingo of some patterns. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1101225 It does not state the exceptions though.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Izat
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    It comes from the mother language of languages romance (Latín) Romance languages have gender to the nouns and it has concordance with most of the adjectives, it so to french, spanish, portuguese, italian and romanian.

    5 years ago

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    You're 100% right.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/NewtonWren

    By memorising the gender. :P It's not "chat", it's "le chat". It's not "fille", it's "la fille". Once you get into the habit of memorising the gender along with the word, or seeing the base word as only one part of the word, then this gets a lot easier.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Katecook8

    Le goes before a masculine word and la goes before a feminine word. Une is before a feminine word and un is before a masculin word. Le/la- The. Une/un- a. La cuisine- the kitchen. Le salon- the lounge/living room. Une pomme- and apple. Un lit- a bed. There's a pattern. The feminine words have an (E) on the end of the words. UnE pommE. La cusinE.

    1 year ago

    [deactivated user]

      You can start by putting an e at the ending of your words

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/bisha.jime

      Femine ends with e or a n masculine doesnt

      5 years ago

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      No. Don't try to see a rule behing this, you will make mistakes!!

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/so_normal

      A more grammatical question: so, for all intents and purposes "I eat an orange" and "I'm eating an orange" would be the same?

      5 years ago

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      Yes.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Field
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      If the first person form of "eat" is "mange", then is "eating" also "mange" ? Or is it conjugated differently?

      5 years ago

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      The first singular person for "eat" (I) is: je mange. Right. Eating = as there's no continuous present in French, "I eat" and "I'm eating" are translated the same way by "Je mange".

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Asiathefan

      Why couldn't I have been eating an apple

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/XSarah

      I will never, ever complain again when I find it hard to comprehend what the Spanish Duolingo is saying. The French sounds like the words all glide together and I can't tell what they are saying half the time.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/jonsina101

      I feel the exact same way!

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Danny798596

      Weird. I put "I am eating an orange" but it tells me I'm wrong and that the translation is "I am eating an orange" :/ whaaaa?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      Using the Android app? If it's any consolation, I have found that sometimes I tap the words right enough (I think) and hit "Check" only to see that I have inadvertently left out one of the words. It happens. Always take a second and check your answer before finalizing it, especially when using the app. It is deceptively simple.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/jonsina101

      that makes no sense, I don't know why it would do that. duolingo sometimes glitches I guess '_(o)_/`

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/jonasson_brady

      I put un instead of une if an orange is a girl I will marry one when im older

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      Things are not girls/women/boys/men. They just have a grammatical gender: masculine or feminine.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Emma662621

      This one also gave me the option of an apple along with an orange... It could have been either one.

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/KalebKnigh1

      That is what is confusing me as well

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/IanWoolf1
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      The exercise I saw has no sound, so why can't the answer be une pomme as much as une orange?

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JackieYoung1

      Another multiple choice error. 'Orange' is missed from the sentence but not offered as a possible answer. This is multiple choice error number 32 that I have found so far! Please check multiple choice questions Duolingo. I am using an iPad.

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/jonsina101

      I feel bad for you

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Mariella963130

      Can this also be "I eat an orange?"

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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      Yes. Present continuous and simple present are the same translation in French

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/heyimlyn

      how do you pronouns the orange ? :/

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      The orange [ðiː ˈɑrɪndʒ]

      L'orange [lɔʀɑ̃ʒ]

      Listen to them at www.forvo.com

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Storyever

      UNE is not heard but something else

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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      "une orange": "u-no-ran-j"

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PiliUrizar

      Why the translation is I'm eating and isn't I eat

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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      You can say both.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/adhamdody21

      i cant tell une from la

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      Une is the feminine version of a/an/one. La is the feminine version of the.

      4 years ago

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      Not the same pronounciation and not the same grammatical role.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/SheDances13

      Two questions: Are all fruit feminine? Is the word "orange" only referring to the fruit, or can it be the color also?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      No, all fruit is not feminine. Yes, orange is both a fruit and a colour.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ZHaydn

      I can not understand the speaker

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      You need to practice your oral understanding of French. It is difficult in the beginning because many sounds are new and unfamiliar.

      At www.forvo.com many native speakers have uploaded their pronounciation of words and word sequences. Listen to the words you find difficult until you understand well enough how they sound and differ from other words.

      Another help is to compare the phonetic transcriptions of words with unfamiliar sounds with words you think have the same sounds in them. Here is a phonetic converter for English http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/english-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english and here is one for French http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/french-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Mirfandafan

      Say the French sentence says "je mange du pain".How do i know whether its saying "i eat bread","i am eating bread"

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Only by context/observation because both work. Hey, and well done on your appropriate dropping of the article in English. THAT one still foxes me sometimes in translation from the English to French.. Respect.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/mooskao

      Would it be "je mange UN Orange "because the initial vowel?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      No, mooskao. Une orange is feminine and it's gender never changes. However, usually the "n" in "une" usually is sounded before a vowel as is in "un".

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      No, the word do not change its gender, but there are several ways to handle two vowel sounds that follow on each other. One is elison as in l'homme. Another is to use the masculine possesive mon/ton/son insterad of the feminine ma/ta/sa even in front of a feminine noun: mon ami=my friend (masculine) and mon amie (feminine).

      Une, however, ends in a consonant sound [yn], not in a vowel, so no such operations are needed.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Simbamann

      Why does "Je mange" mean both "I am eating" and "I eat"..??

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      Because French and English are constructed in different ways.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zelenatipcica
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      French does not differ between simple and continuous present tense. Both "I eat" and "I'm eating" are translated into "Je mange".

      4 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AliyaA1

      What is the difference between mange and manges? Its really confusing me!

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hi Aliya. The verb Manger=To Eat conjugates like this (note the endings and who is doing the eating); Je mange = I eat, Il/Elle mange = He/She eats, Tu manges = You eat (Familiar form), Vous mangez = You eat (Formal or plural form), Nous mangeons = We eat, Ils/Elles mangent = They eat. Incidentally, the additional English form of translation also directly applies to the above; Am eating, Is eating, Are eating.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/stefany.bc

      I really don't know when have to use un and when une =/

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      You and every other learner of any "romantic" language too stefany.. "A"/"An", and "One" in English translates to French as "Un/Une" "Un" goes with a masculine noun and "Une" with a feminine. A Book=Un Livre because Livre/Book is masculine. A letter=Une Lettre because Lettre/Letter is feminine. Now then, you can see that there is obviously no rhyme, logic nor reason to what is masculine and what is feminine. I'm afraid that you, like everyone else including the French themselves, will just have to learn which is which by heart. It will come to you. I said this to my friend who made the same query as you: "It will come to you eventually". and he replied: "So will Alzheimer's!"

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/stefany.bc

      hahaah I'm afraid your friend's got a point haha But thanks anyway :D

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/naor1154

      I didn't understand how to pronounce the word:"mange"

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      "Monjjj" Type mange into Google translate and click on the loudspeaker icon to hear it well pronounced. While you're at it you may as well type all the simple conjugations in and hear them: Je mange, Tu manges, Il/Elle mange, Vous mangez, Nous mangeons and Ils/Elles mangent. (Don't trust gootrans for actual translations though.)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/aryanneregita

      how do you know if it's "i eat an orange" or "i am eating an orange" ? how do you know when to use present continous ?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      French doesn't have present continuous so both English versions are translated to "Je Mange". Conversely "Je Mange" may be translated to either "I Eat" or "I am Eating", so Hooray! One chance Duo allows us to choose English which makes sense to English speakers. :)

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamSch19

      Saying ate instead of eat is wrong?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Yes. I eat/am eating=Je mange. I ate=J'ai mangé

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaH19

      Why does english grammer count?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      @JessicaH19. Although Duo itself, in my opinion, sometimes uses English grammar of debatable correctness, they will mark a student down for using incorrect "simple" grammar in both languages. This certainly applies to articles in both languages and gender/verb conjugation/sing-plural in French. I'm a native English speaker and since I've been with this French course I've learnt more English grammar, from obvious necessity, than in all my schooling. There are some seriously knowledgeable folk here to whom I am very thankful.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AJoie123

      I put "Je mange une pomme" Why is it wrong?

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      @AJoie. Pomme= Apple. Orange= Orange. Different fruits.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AJoie123

      Sorry to bug you, but how would you right it for an apple?

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Just as you've written it above, Je mange une pomme. The task is an orange though.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/LittleFireChild

      why doesn't orange have the l'orange in front of it?

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hiya LittleFireChild. Welcome to the site. There are many articles and there is a lesson for each so lets concentrate on your specific query. There is the definite artice Le/La =The. there is the indefinite article, Un/Une= A before a consonant in English or An in front of a vowel sound.. So Une l'orange would be "A the orange" or "One the orange". Doesn't work does it? So either there is a definite article, La+Orange and because two connecting vowel sounds are usually constricted La Orange is constricted to L'Orange=The Orange. So it is either An Orange=Une Orange or it is The Orange=La+Orange=L'orange. Hope this helps.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JELLYFISH69

      am i the only one that thinks that the answer should be i eat a orange not "i eat an orange"

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Well, Yes, possibly Jellyfish. In our English before a consonant noun we use; "A"....like this.... It is a Tree. It is a Road, it is a Wall. Then when we have a vowel or Vowel Sound beginning the noun following the .Indefinite Article. Here in England it would be AN apple, AN orange and of course, because when the "H" of "Hotel" is not aspired it is AN (h)otel But when the "H" is sounded it is A Hostel or A Hockey Team. Basic guide: If the noun sounds like it begins with an open vowel sound, Use AN otherwise, use A.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Roxanna114529

      Okay so for mange=eating and mange=eats??? Or eat..

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hi Roxanna. There's more to French verbs than that. All fRench verbs conjugate, that is are different depending on the subject. Go to Conjugationfr.com , hit the link and type in Manger to see all 47 variations of manger=to eat. Additionally French has no regular continuous present so Je mange may translate to I Eat or equally correctly to I Am Eating but if you wish to emphasise that an action is continuing in French you use the En Train De tool to indicate that an action is in a continuing process. Hopefully we get taught that one later. Bonne chance. JJ.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/RubyBurton12

      am I the only one that thinks its silly that it lets you off for having typos but I accidentally put "a" instead of "an" and it said I was completely wrong!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Possibly you are, Ruby. Duo will let you get away with Some typos and leaving out accents (but Will draw your attention to them) but never let you off the wrong article because they are so crucial. For example "a" when it should be "an" "the" when it should be "a" or "an" "Le" when it should be "La" or plural "Les" Will be marked down..

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/edenbeech

      How am I supposed to know whether the orange is feminine or masculine? They totally do not tell us at all!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      I'm afraid, Eden, you have to just memorise it all; even the native French speakers have had to do that. To rub a little salt into the wound, there is also absolutely no rhyme nor reason as to whether a noun is masculine or feminine. The sea is feminine but the lake is masculine. The table is masculine but the chair is feminine and to cap it all, the vagina is masculine for crying out loud! There is just one saving grace, though, always note the article preceding the noun which will indicate the gender of it. Bonne Chance mon ami.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/edenbeech

      Merci beaucoup!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/NNRParis4life

      what is the diff between an and a?!

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hi, NNR. Your query is addressed in this thread, do read it through.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/NewtonWren

      Usage. "A" before a word starting with a consonant sound, "an" before a word starting with a vowel sound.

      A zoo. An apple.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/MaryamAzam123

      Why should it be an can't it be a

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Because, Maryam, in English "a" precedes a consonant (A Book, A Wall) and "an" precedes a vowel or vowel sound, (An Apple, An Orange and An Honourable Action You see here that even though the "H" is a consonant, it is not sounded and the word begins with a vowel Sound, like 'onourable). I hope that this is clear.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/LeOgura
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      Is the present continuous and the simple present the same? How do I know the difference between I eat and I am eating?

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      There is no difference. Usually, in English, the present continuous (I am eating) sounds more natural. French does not have a present continuous tense so the French present tense is often translated with either the English simple present or Present Continuous.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Akash836517

      How to differentiate between mange, mangez, manges audibly. They all sound same to me.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      Mange, manges, mangent ... all sound the same. But you can tell which one it is by the subject of the sentence. Je mange, tu manges, il/elle mange, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/cynnybuns

      What situations would you use manges instead of mange? This format is great but doesnt give a lot of explanation for wrong answers...

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hi Chickadee/Erin. All French verbs conjugate. It used to be easy to go to a site to get all the conjugations but things move on in the internet and therefore either start to cost or get really confusing to gain access to the site or both or just vanish. God bless "progress!" I've found another now. Enter www.lingusorb.com/french/verbs. Click on the top line to gain access to the site and scroll down to where there's an alphabet. Click on the letter your verb begins with. Then scroll down the list of verbs to the one you're looking for and you get all the 47 conjugations of the verb. There's a quiz test at the end of each tense conjugation to practice on. Nowthen, Manger (to eat) conjugates in present thus: Je Mange, Tu Manges, Il/Elle Mange, Nous Mangeons, Vous Mangez, Ils/Elles Mangent. Always look at the threads here before you post a query because it usually has been addressed (sometimes many times).I've learnt at least as much from the threads as from the lessons; there are some really knowledgeable grammarians here. Phew! Time for either a cuppa tea or a sleep. Bonne chance, votre ami, JJ.

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Ella510575

      Yes " une" means an but isn't it feminine for one?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hello Ella. UN and UNE translate to both "A" and "AN" and also "ONE" depending in French on gender of the noun they modify and in English whether the noun begins with a consonant or a vowel.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Autumn753479

      Je=I, mange=eat(ing). There is no "un" or whatever for am

      1 year ago

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      "Je mange" = I eat (or) I am eating. "Une orange" = an orange.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/DTM38782

      On day we will have stuff that CAN DO THIS FOR US!!! XD

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      Have you seen the animated feature "WALL-E"? Is that what you are hoping for?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/StevenGuzm372118

      How do you know when "mange" means "am/is eating" as opposed to "he/she eats" or "I eat"?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Je mange=I Eat and also I am eating. He/she eats/is eating=Il/Elle mange.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua253160

      This is so stupid it should be i ate not eat

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      "Je mange une orange" may be either "I eat an orange" or "I am eating an orange". Both are correct. It seems you want to shift it to past tense because it sounds better to your ear. I get it. But the sentence we have is in present tense, not past tense (J'ai mangé une orange = I ate an orange).

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Thing is, Joshua, these lessons are all in present tense. These tasks may be correctly interpreted in continuous present, eg; I Am Eating An Orange, rather than I eat an orange. Then, correct English grammar is achieved. If you wanted to transfer the task to past tense you would need to choose another of the 47 forms of Manger that the French language uses. I think it would be I ate an orange=Je mangeai une orange. The only form of continuous present the French has employs the En Train De tool. In English, by the way, the pronoun, first person singular "I" is Always in Higher Case. So, the lesson's task here really is Not so stupid. I placed a lingot on your post to highlight this exchange for other students to take note. With respect, JJ.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaWatson1000

      You are what you said!

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/nikhils1

      why is it not l'orange?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Because, Nikhils, Une orange=an orange and L'orange=The orange.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/shawn549087

      Why can't "un" be used in this sentence?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hiya Shawn. gender.the Orange is feminine in French and that is why the article Une is appropriate.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/KavyaKavya4

      I translated it 'I eat an apple ' but it's in present continuous tense...im so confused

      1 year ago

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      Jackjon is correct, of course. But there's one more thing: une orange = an orange and une pomme = an apple. The French "je mange..." may be translated either as "I eat" or "I am eating". Both are correct and both are accepted.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      OK Kavya, when French is interpreted, rather than translated, to English, the continuous present is not only implied, sometimes it is essential. I Eat An Apple is very awkward English and so, as I've said we interpret it rather than translate it. Often translating word-for-word just won't work. French does have in itself a continuous present but in order to do so it applies "En Train De." (This tool translated word-for-word=In The Process-Of.) Bonne chance, JJ.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Shelley720636

      "I eat an orange" are the word options, and is obviously an incorrect translation. It should be I am eating an orange.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      Both are correct. However, your experience using an app is limited to the simple present version. Don't fret over this English translation. If you examine this exercise on Duolingo's web version, you will see that the preferred answer is "I am eating an orange".

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/conor.mcmullan

      I am very sorry if this has been answered already, but why is it 'I am eating an orange', and not, 'I eat an orange'?

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Hello Conor. Duo has its little flaws and the odd inconsistency. Accepted in the past at least, I eat an apple; You eat an apple. Often in one of my lazy moments I use them but actually it is awkward English and sounds very much as somebody who is not English is speaking/writing. That's the only explanation I can think of.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/anna246940

      I wrote orage and it gave it wrong

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Of course, Anna. Thing is; always check your solutions, spelling and articles on any language learning course. Elementary.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Nate781035

      What is the difference between un and une? Is it adjective agreement?

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      "Un" and "une" are indefinite articles (equivalent to "a" in English). Since every French noun has a grammatical gender, there must be a gender (and number) agreement with adjectives and articles used with them. "Un" is the masculine form and "une" is the feminine form.

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Simba16Bedi

      Shouldn't the translation be I ate an orange?

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/n6zs
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      You may be thinking of what you might want to say rather than translating the given sentence. The sentence given (Je mange une orange) is in the present tense. It may be translated to "I eat an orange" or "I am eating an orange". To say "I ate an orange" (past tense) would require the corresponding verb tense in French, i.e., J'ai mangé une orange. I don't see any level indicators or a French flag by your avatar. What is your native language?

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/aakriti957575

      How is am coming in the sentence though it is not written in the question?

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/StayCreati1

      Je mange les femmes aussi!

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Gretch462011

      Why is it okay to say "Je mange..." instead of "Je suis mange..."? Is it a verb vs noun difference?

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/xoQueenox

      Anybody notice that an option is "I am eating a women?" (I said women because it is "femmes."

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/lisa866214

      I have been playing for quite awhile but my points are not posting. How do I report this?

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/EsteebellT

      Why do we have to learn so muh aboyt oranges o.o

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaWatson1000

      I was eating an orange while i did that one!!!!

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Luisaaaaaaaaa

      excuse u, some of us don't have microphones. i donated mine to a kid in le africa so thANKS

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Grace122681

      Why is une used to refer to an orange? I thought une is for anything feminine

      10 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/rogy690262

      מגיגיטג יגיגיגה דןקחגוקגש

      9 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Queen341938

      I actually think the voice isnt helping and they give you pictures but when someone is speaking to you in french you wont understand. And I have a teacher you speaks french fluently. Try make us say it back so it helps and let us try a conversation with the app and i should've learnt what hello my name is... How are you i am great

      9 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Raniaayd

      how should i know which one is feminine and which one is masculine?

      and if la is feminine, le is masculine, where should i put l' ?

      9 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jolyon6

      Is there actually a present participle in French or can "Je mange." mean both "I eat." AND "I am eating."? Any answers would be VERY greatly appreciated. Thanks!

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/BlastBro1

      I keep hitting check by accident like if you have the same story

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Fely953706

      Why cant it be une pomme?

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Joaqun612316

      The text box says to type the French words, and it keeps telling me it is wrong, that it should be written in English. It happen three times.

      5 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/KaiserJ

      BONJOUR MON PETIT ANGE

      4 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JFK.co.uk
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      Can anyone explain how to tell the tense? Thanks

      4 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianLindon

      Shouldn't this mean "I eat an orange", or is there no progressive tense in French?

      3 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/snowangel1890

      Je mange une orange and why not Je mange une pomme

      2 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/BrittanyRo14

      I feel fancy whenever I say this phrase.

      2 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/MarthaDeni3

      How do you know if it's past or present tense?

      2 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ValentinSe14370

      I do not get it: [Orange et pomme] are both feminine. Why I cannot chose, one or the other?

      2 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jana329402

      Am I the only one who hear Un and une same???

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/MrMOOstachE34
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      Scusa. Cosa???

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/lauren596758

      Oh, my n doesnt work well on my keyboard so i missed it out of une...typo

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Alka2000

      Am I the only one who don't have speaker in this example?

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/kittyqueen789

      I thought it was am something like that I forget.

      1 month ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/DorianJohn4

      Why isn't it apple?

      3 weeks ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PerSon093

      I wrote I am eating a orange. He said "you have a typo."

      3 weeks ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JoshFreeth

      I KNOW THE SOUND ONE SUCKS

      3 weeks ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/DexterColumBuzz
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      Does "mange" rhymes with "orange" in French?

      2 weeks ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Maximus252

      How do you tell which objects are masculine and which ones are feminine?

      1 day ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/EvaW39

      so, is 'orange' the colour and 'orange' the food exactly the same? is there any way to tell if is someone is saying "i am eating an orange (food)" or "i am eating orange (colour)"?

      6 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/aurelienche

      You can count the fruit, so “an orange” in your first sentence becomes « une orange », but you can't count the color, so “orange” in your second sentence becomes « de l'orange ». But keep in mind that « Je mange de l'orange » could also mean the fruit, but not in its state of fruit, eg. cooked in a dish. In fact, that's what we would understand, because it is very unlikely your are eating the color orange...

      6 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ArdRigh

      This seems too fast at normal speed. I would have to ask a human to repeat themselves a few times if they spoke that fast.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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      as a beginner, no wonder, but with training, you'll be soon able to understand it.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/SusannaJan

      When do you use Je suis and when do you only use Je? Like can you also say Je suis mange une orange?

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/guitarchick109

      "Je suis" comes from the conjugation of "être", which means "to be". Although in English we may say "I AM eating an orange", in French you don't use double verbs like that in the present tense. Tenses are a bit of a different story for later on though. "Manger" means "to eat", so "Je mange" means "I eat" OR "I am eating". Hope that helps.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      Suis means am. Je suis mange une orange would mean I am eat an orange.

      In French there is no word by word translation of am/are/is eating. Je mange is translated into either I eat or I am eating, depending on the context.

      If the continuous action is to be stressed in French you have to use the phrase en train de [infinitive]: Je suis en train de manger.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AhakabareG

      Very challenging this pronunciation

      9 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/darshit1626

      What? Am i right if i say french has no continuous tenses?

      9 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/sam565059

      See

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/May619497

      Je mange sounds muddled

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan568067

      10 correct!

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca700573

      Je mange une orange. TRANSLATES to I am eating an orange. I only forgot the fullstop at the end,

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Nori373614

      these French people sure do love their oranges.

      8 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/sushree20

      Its not sounding clear at all

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PoopMcstin

      Come on!

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PaulKRoy

      Why is pommes Wrong and oranges correct? I'm just beginning to learn French

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PaulKRoy

      The orange is pretty inaudible . The rest is pretty understandable

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/JudithPene1

      I put "i eat an orange" and got it correct. How would one say, "im am EATING an orange" in french then?

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/roy564134

      is the "m" silent in the phrase?

      7 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/TajihalSha

      I can't learning frecnh in russian or turkish language why? My english verh little...

      6 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Weather_Mug

      The speaker is really hard to understand with this sentence. I do not hear (mange) when it is pronounced, just muffled sounds.

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AabLevellen

      You need to train your ears to pick up all sounds and understand where one word ends and the other begins. It takes some time and effort to do that. You can practice at www.forvo.com by listening to natives pronounceing words and word sequences, and by comparing the phonetic transcriptions of French (http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/french-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english) and English (http://learn-foreign-language-phonetics.com/english-phonetic-transcription-converter.php?site_language=english) words.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/James10682804

      Its i ate an orange not i eat an orange

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      No, it is "I eat/am eating an orange" for two reason: 1) this lesson is in present tense. 2) "I ate an orange" in past perfect is "J'eus Mange (with accent), in Simple Past is "Je Mangeai.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zupler

      The answer 'I ate an apple' should also be expected. 'I eat an apple' makes no sense. If it was 'I am eating an apple' then it would be fine

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      @Zupler. The past tense won't work here without accent to indicate thus. Also the French don't differentiate between Present simple and present continuous until they introduce the "En train De" tool.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zupler

      Great, thanks for clearing that up

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ST0RYBROOKE

      I thought it was I am eating one orange... how do you know when it means "one" or "the"? Last time I answered "one" and was correct...

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      I am eating One orange=Je mange Une orange. I am eating An orange=Je mange Une orange; No difference and anyroad they both indicate the same here. I am eating The orange=Je mange L'orange.

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/vbkid9

      In a previous practice, I typed "Je mange une pomme," and got the question correct. Now, I type "pomme" in the box and suddenly it's incorrect. I wonder if they're going off of what they're looking for, not what's also technically correct.

      2 years ago

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      "Une pomme" is "an apple". This sentence is about "une orange" (an orange).

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/anubis359767

      I got this wring because orange is feminine if its feminine why dont thry have a female speaker? Common sense people

      1 year ago

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      The gender of the speaker has nothing at all to do with the gender of the noun. Since all French nouns have a gender, you just have to learn the gender when you learn the word.

      • un livre (m) = a book
      • une pomme (f) = an apple
      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Isabelle167260

      Wouldnt it be je suis mange une orange

      1 year ago

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      No, there is no "suis" in "I am eating an orange". It is just "je mange une orange".

      11 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      It's allowed in "Pidgin French" Isabelle but the "suis" I just superfluous in French usage. (You missed out the apostrophe between the N and T of Wouldn't.)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Yazzy_Jazzy

      At least they show one word that is the same in english

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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      You're wrong, there's so many!!! You would be surprised to know how English and French have commons word or very close words, but the pronounciation is really different. The English word "orange" is from the French "orange", that's the reason, and the French comes from the Persan "naranj".

      5 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/guinanguitar

      Ar you an employee at doulingo becuz you sound like an advertisement?

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      Welcome to the site. No Perce_Neige is not an employee. Nor am I. We are students like you. We have a little knowledge which we share with our fellows and colleagues. We do this to help each other out. In this consumerable wastrel, greedy world, some things are actually done through caring, sharing and a sense of freedom and are done for free!. What we are is an advertisement for us!. Come and join the generous folk. And it is spelled "Because"; remember, this is a language learning site.

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Seoulmates

      Why wasnt I am eating a orange not right?? It said an

      4 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jackjon

      In English, the determiner "a" becomes "an" in front of a vowel sound. So, "an apple" or "an orange", but "a grape" or "a banana".

      4 years ago
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