"Le Canada est en Amérique."

Translation:Canada is in America.

March 27, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/megaface

As a Canadian I beg to differ! Canada is in North America - I don't know anyone, American or Canadian, who would ever say "Canada is in America."

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Je suis d'accord. The sentence should be written as "Le Canada est en l'Amérique du Nord" in my opinion.

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/Am%C3%A9rique%20du%20Nord

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/_M_M_.

We wouldn't say this in English ("America" by itself in English refers to the United States). But the French do, indeed, use "Amérique" to refer to one continent, which they then divide into the regions of North America, Central America, and South America.

See, for example, the French wikipedia entry for Amérique: "L’Amérique est un continent de l'hémisphère ouest de la Terre"

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am%C3%A9rique

I wouldn't mind the Americas being referred to as one continent if they called Europe a part of the Eurasian continent (which they don't).

A better English translation for the French sentence would be "Canada is in the Americas". I don't know if Duolingo accepts that.

The English wikipedia entry for "Americas":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americas

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bis612099

"Canada is in the Americas" which is how I answered it. Got it wrong of course, but whatever: J'aime les canadiens!!!

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob864206

Open revolt, eh! An American, I would never say such a thing, tho I am sure America would be the better for it.

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/domdondin

Amérique du nord***

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1

In Miami, with so many residents of Cuban descent, they make a big deal out of insisting that "America" is not synonymous with "the United States." When I lived there, I often saw references to "the Americas."

It is not common in the United States, but outside of it several people take "America" to refer to the entire western hemisphere.

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bis612099

Uh oh Duo, Candians will be fit to be tied!

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/neoscribe

Oh dear, this is an error that should be corrected quickly! I agree that "Canada is in the Americas" is the closest statement that should be accepted.

April 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Roody-Roo

The English statement by itself is inaccurate and somewhat offensive.

However, for our purposes, the issue is what do French people actually say? Can people with knowledge please join the discussion? Is M_M right in saying that the French combine North and South America into one supercontinent? How does this play out with them also referring to the U.S as l'Amerique?

February 28, 2019
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