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Je vois, je regarde?

What is the difference between "je vois" and "je regarde"? Dosen't both mean "i see"?

October 9, 2017



'je vois' means seeing automaticly, while 'je regarde' means watching or concentrating on what you ar looking at. For example, if you say 'I am watching television' , don't say ' je vois le TV', but 'Je regarde le TV'.


And if you have that question -

  • voir - to take light into your eyes. "I see a rainbow. [Je vois un arc-en-ciel.]"
  • regarder - to pay attention to by sight. "I am watching a rainbow. [Je regarde un arc-en-ciel.]"
  • remarquer - to notice/note. "Je remarque un arc-en-ciel."

Same goes for sound -

  • entendre - to take sound into your ears. "I hear a bird. [J'entends un oiseau.]"
  • écouter - to pay attention to a sound. "I am listening to a bird. [J'écoute un oiseau.]"

And the classic split of the mind -

savoir - to know something intellectually (to know [how to] + verb). "I know how to swim. [Je sais nager.]" connaître - to know by familiarity or person experience (to know + noun). "I know swimming. [Je connais la natation.]"

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