I suggest the cat and the dog are in the same sentence so that the subtle difference can be heard from the outset.
I've had a question like that RPT2, it does not help. Duolingo's French speaker is TERRIBLE! :(
i am not sure, is there pronounced "z" between avons and un? i heve been thinkig it is not.
No, there is not. The liason does not affect verbs (except EST and ONT). There is a liason however between NOUS and AVONS.
The Z liaison after "avons" is optional, but welcome.
If they slowed the speach down to about the same speed as Google translate, I think it would make it easier for at least the initial stages of learning. But I'm not complaining, I'm grateful to duolingo.
Why some words sound like starting 'z' sound? When the previous word ends with a 's' and with current word starting with 'a', a 'zz' sound is made. For this sentence 'nous avons un chien' it sounds like ' nou zavo zun chien'.
I know the answer now! Its called liaison. The final consonant of a word is pronounced when the immediate word starts with a vowel sound. For example: Nous avons [noo-zavo]
So the difference between chien and chienne is that chien is masculine and chienne is feminine? Like lion and lioness?
So is chien pronounced shyaughn and chienne pronounced she-en?
we are given the French for dog as 'la chienne' and later on referred to as 'le chien'. Why the difference apart from it being either masculine or feminine?
That's it: "un chien" is the generic for a dog or a male dog and "une chienne" is a female dog.
There is a computer error. It is not possible to answer this question on my computer. I cannot insert the missing word. It is frustrating not bein able to continue with this section. Please do something about it Duolingo!
the choices are not showing up for me on this question and every time I try to skip it won't let me move on and will keep posing the same question over and over again please help!
Un chien = male dog. Une chienne = female dog (or ❤❤❤❤❤, technically, but we often use that as slang xD)
I put une chienne. Cause i heard une and assumed female dog. But i should get credit for matching une with chienne right? Even if they said un i heard une.
The distinction between male and female nouns can be important sometimes. So while your agreement between the noun and article is correct, it doesn't match up exactly with the sentence spoken.
Now you know. And on top of it, you will learn that a female dog has a specific noun: une chienne.
Certain endings typically indicate the gender. There's a simplified as well as an elaborated list on this webpage that can help you with the same: https://frenchtogether.com/french-nouns-gender/#A_simplified_list_of_endings
Of course, there are exceptions. But that's the case with any language.
How do you know if the are using dog in a masculine state or a femmine state?
when you have the "un" it goes with masculine "chien. whereas, chienne replaces it if it were to be feminine..la chienne..le chien... "la"-"une"- feminine.."le"-"un"- masculine.
No, it can't. "Un chat" for a generic or male cat and "une chatte" for a female cat.
The French "oo" is the one you have in "loo" but very short.
The liaison (from nous to avons) is a Z sound.
The French sound "on" is a nasal sound, which does not exist in English (Am or Br).
Please listen to the 4 real French voices here: https://forvo.com/word/nous_avons/#fr
When the verb is in the negative, the indefinite article or the partitive article are replaced with "de":
- j'ai un chien --- je n'ai pas de chien
- j'ai de l'argent --- je n'ai pas d' argent
With an indefinite article: un chien ---> des chiens
With a definite article: le chien ---> les chiens
I too heard un chat, not un chien, and on big speakers rather than a phone or ipad. Clear as une cloche.
Why in the sentense "nous avons un cheval", which has a similar structure, the s in "avons" is pronounced whereas here it isn't?