"Un insecte est un animal."

Translation:An insect is an animal.

March 17, 2013

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I thought I was hearing "un insecte et un animal"... oh well

March 17, 2013


The voice should have helped you, but it does not...

  • un insecte est un animal: you should hear a T liaison between "est" and "un" -> EH-T-UN
  • un insecte et un animal: there is never a liaison after "et" -> EH-UN
March 17, 2013


In addition, "est" can often have its liaison skipped over, in which case they're homophones even with a word with a vowel following.

Duolingo's style of French pronunciation seems to be based only on the mandatory liaisons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaison_%28French%29#Obligatory_liaison

August 4, 2013


you do realize that the words that they saying are on the page too right?

November 5, 2013


Not necessarily. Duolingo puts the discussion for all question types (translation both ways, multiple choice, listening) using a given sentence on the same page.

December 17, 2013


I'm seeing a pattern here: anything that lives and it not a plant is an animal.

June 11, 2014


I am still trying to figure out the masculine/feminine for so many words. I thought I figured out a rule that if a word ends with an 'e' that it is feminine, but obviously that is not always the case, as in "un insecte."

September 11, 2013


The 'A spider is an animal' questions should all be followed by this to end the debates!

July 4, 2014


Bug is animal. isn't it??

October 25, 2013


A bug is a general term for an insect; insects are classified as animals.

January 2, 2014


an arthapod is an animal (and a inscect but not all inscects are arthopods they have to have 6 legs and 3 body segments)

November 26, 2013


I love my life

April 1, 2014


Is there a rule of thumb to identifying masculine and feminine words in french?

January 2, 2014


There are a few trends, but no rule of thumb, unfortunately. You will have to learn each new noun with its own article.

January 2, 2014


i hate creepy crawlies.

May 7, 2014
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