"The green owl is cute."

Translation:Le hibou vert est mignon.

April 1, 2018



le hibou, pas l'hibou?... on ne dit pas le homme mais l'homme. is there a rule about this?

April 1, 2018


This is an example of an "aspirated h," h aspiré. Certain words in French beginning in h do not form a liaison between the last vowel in the proceeding word and the first vowel sound in the next word. The h is still silent, but it acts like a consonant and it sounds like there is a brief pause between the two words rather than the smooth liaison. Le hibou sounds like "luh eboo." Unfortunately these words just have to be memorized. Dictionaries will have an asterisk next to an h aspiré.

Here are some more examples: le hockey, la Hollande, le héron, le héros.
And a useful link: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/h-aspire/

April 1, 2018


Is le haricot in that category also? (In standard French; not in Cajun).

November 8, 2018


Yes, it's le haricot. If you look in a French dictionary, there will be an asterisk * next to words beginning in h that are aspirated.

November 8, 2018


Le hamster is another example

February 20, 2019


I saw what you did here, Duo

March 31, 2019


This word 'cute' is not commonly used in English English. I think we might say 'sweet' - is here an alternative that wouldn't make me feel sick?

April 2, 2018


Lol why would the word cute make you feel sick??

December 8, 2018

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Since Larousse advises that "mignon" may be cute or sweet, Duo will allow "sweet" here.

April 10, 2018


I see no problem with it for an animal or a baby... Adults/teenagers are different, of course.

April 6, 2018
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