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"Hi, how are you doing?"

Translation:Salut, comment ça va ?

April 8, 2018


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    what is coucou??????


    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!


      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


        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!

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          ...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.


          Wait salut can be hello and goodbye


          Do you ask people how they are after saying goodbye?


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


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


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


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


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


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


          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.


          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


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


            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.


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


            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.


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


            Bonjour is more used than salut


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

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