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Translation:Salut, comment ça va ?

April 8, 2018

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[deactivated user]

    what is coucou??????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

    Forget about it for the time being, it is rather childish or reserved for adults who are very close to each other.


    [deactivated user]

      Well, then, that was a ridiculous correction it gave me!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

      The staff at Duolingo have created or edited some sentences with errors. We are expecting them to fix those asap.


      [deactivated user]

        I was corrected from Bonjour, comment ca va to Coucou, comment ca va (with cedillas). I know I should have written Salut


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZoeF4French

        It seems like this "coucou" is an issue for others as well. This really confused me! Can Duolingo fix it so it's not an issue? i have no problem learning in context, but a brand-new word in the middle of nowhere as a correction is kind of misleading. Thanks!


        [deactivated user]

          ...and really irritating! I get enough corrections for mistakes I truly made (and typos, which are still my error). But getting corrected with a word that had not previously been presented is extremely irksome.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidCarta7

          Wait salut can be hello and goodbye


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

          Do you ask people how they are after saying goodbye?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Neo527508

          Oy my gosh! why is it coucou, why not bonjour or salut!?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zelando555

          I typed in "Bonjour ça va" Is that wrong?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhyskelly5

          This worked for me. My question is how is "Comment ca va" different than just "ca va"?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/12345gfYHU

          If you have bonjour in front, it's just ca va


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeMMArn

          I wrote - Bonjour comment allez vous - And it was accepted.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ianbandit1

          what is coucou? I've never, ever come across this. if it is colloquial it should be in a later section for jargon


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

          That's right. "Coucou" is mostly baby talk but also used among adults who are very close to each other, as a colloquial, affectionate "hello".

          This word was added by Duolingo staff, not by the course contributors' team in charge.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthZ1..

          My close female friends often use coucou, sometimes abbreviated to cc. Mostly they use it like boo! in English. But it is very informal, maybe like saying hiya or hey!


          [deactivated user]

            I just looked it up: "Definition: (exclamation) hello, hi, peek-a-boo; cuckoo (clock)" and they show a photo of a woman playing peek-a-boo with the baby. Someone at Duolingo must've been playing a joke when they created this response. Not funny to us! The source I used: https://www.thoughtco.com/coucou-vocabulary-1371791


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YmaSmitty

            Coucou! Love it. Can hear Marcel saying it to Albertine...


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StanYen

            wondering if "bonjour, qu'as-tu?" (marked wrong; it's been drilling "salut, comment ça va?") would be a reasonable response and just an algorithmic issue or actually incorrect.


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

            "Bonjour, qu'as-tu ?" means "Hello, what do you have?".


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lullaby180

            No, StanYen, it's not and nobody would say bonjour, qu'as-tu ? It is very formal. Here the context using salut, is informal, so it doesn't match qu'as-tu.


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RickE57

            is often informally reduced to just "bonjour/salut, ca va"


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LANGUAGES-LOVER

            Bonjour is more used than salut


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RickE57

            that's true, but my relatives often use it for people they are close to. Is it perhaps more intimate?

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