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If ca va doesn't mean I am fine when translated to english why isn't je suis tres bien used? I thought ca va was only used in Quebec

March 15, 2018

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Ca va is even massively used in Flemish Dutch, people use it as if it's a Dutch word now. They also don't care about using it correctly anymore. For example, people say "it was ca va" when they want to say "it was okay", or "that guy is really ca va" when they like someone.

March 15, 2018

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Ca va is used everywhere, I'm pretty sure. Also, in the course it says Ca va means "I'm fine"

March 15, 2018

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Ça va. is used extensively everywhere I go in France.

ps. of course do not forget to use those accents ;P

March 15, 2018

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Thank you lindakanga. I have so much to learn. Accents being one and whether something is masculine or feminine throws me for a loop. There is no rule of thumb to follow.

March 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

Don't stress to much about minor issues. But it is still good to pay attention to them.

Keep on just doing things. Yes - it is good to strive to be correct. Yet is it more important to engage and do things. Not to discard the intention to be 100% correct. It is good to always strive for excellence.

Thank you for your contributions to this language learning community. It is greatly appreciated.

I've also passed a few lingots along to you.

This is such a great question you have asked !

March 16, 2018

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There absolutely are rules to follow.

For the accents, they are mostly due to the sound. Ca would be pronounced "Ka", the accent under the c makes the c soft.

The most common accent, the accent aigu, usually found on an e, makes a completely different sound. Aime (present tense) ends in an e without one, so the e is silent. Aimé (past participle) ends in an e with one, so the last syllable is "ay".

There are also general trends with the genders, too. One off the top of my head is that words ending in "tion" are usually feminine.

March 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

In a more formal sense it would be correct to respond :
Je vais bien : is about how you feel, your current mood

Je vais is used as an action verb. Of saying how you are going. It is similar to how we say in English, I am going well.

It would be clumsy and inappropriate to use :
Je suis bien. in response to a question about "How are you ?"

Je suis bien. is more about your physical comfort, such as being comfortable sitting in a sofa. It refers more to a term of quality/performance, or compared to the norm.

For example it can mean you are someone with a good personality. But in can also mean that you feel good when something is comfortable.

Je suis bien also has a connotation that you are good at being good. Although to say you are feeling good, it would be correct to say Je me sens bien., as you should be using a reflexive. So - be very cautious how you use Je suis bien. As it has different meanings, and may make a situation very awkward.

Though to say you are good at doing something, you would say :
"Je suis bon (m) / Je suis bonne. (f)" : I am good ... meaning "I am good at doing that".

Je suis is used appropriately when expressing a physical state or a personal feeling.

Je suis grand(e) : I'm tall.
Je suis triste : I'm unhappy.


The third verb that is also good to look at in this issue of how "I am is:
J'ai.
This is used to express things such .

-J'ai chaud. : I am cold.
-J'ai froid. : I'm amd cold.
-J'ai faim. : I'm hungry.


nb. I am learning French, and if I have anything incorrect, I would appreciate being corrected. Though I have been learning it for years, and also spend about 3 months almost every year living delightfully in deepest darkest rural France.

March 16, 2018
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