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Conter vs Dire

Can someone explain the french verb conter? I am watching a movie and it is used in the sense of "to tell" as in "je conte mon histoire" I am having trouble getting results from google about this word. Could you also say "Je dis mon histoire"? What is the difference?

February 18, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

"je dis mon histoire" is like saying "I say my story".

Instead use "conte" or "raconte", which both mean "tell".

Example:

Je raconte un conte de trois petits cochons" ("un conte" also means a fairytale!)

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peterviuz

And I would add that "conter" is not used in everyday, modern French. Only "racconter" is used (for stories, or to say "racconter ce qui s'est passé" = say what happened). "Tell me more" is "Dis-moi plus".

February 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gerd889782

camilla-danesa vous avez raison. Mais c'est UN conte de fées. (fairy tale) UN conte est "a tale" Am i right? (i am learning French and English)

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

Merci beaucoup pour me corriger! Vous avez raison, c'est un conte de fées! (I have corrected my post, thank you!) :-)

un conte = a story, a tale

un conte de fées = a fairytale

une histoire = a story

February 18, 2018
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