"Good morning, how are you doing?"
Translation:Bonjour, comment ça va ?
My understanding is that Ça va ? means how are you,- you can skip the 'Comment' as long as you say it as a question. Just to keep us on our toes Ça va also means I'm fine, effectively. So, Yves may ask Ça va ? And Carla may answer Ça va. We sometimes do this with "Alright" and "Okay", etc.
Ça va literally translates to "it's going", which is why "Ça va" is an acceptable response to "Ça va?". In its question form, it's asking how it's going. Sometimes question words can be eliminated by simply using a question mark. So, "it's going?" would also be asking how something is going. Comment-allez vous would be the formal form.
Shouldn't bon matin be acceptable for good morning. I understand that it is not used in Metropolitan French that often, if at all. But it is absolutely used regularly in Quebec French. This course doesn't specify this as being a metropolitan French. They should specifically distinguish it from Quebec French. Because Bon matin is CORRECT French, maybe just not for the metropolitan dialect.
If you want anyone from DL to read a comment, question, etc, either click the flag (even on the correct/green bar) and ask whatever it is that's related to the exercise, or go to your personal page. Somewhere on there is a link to give feedback. You won't get a reply, but a question or point which should really be noted by them will at least get read.
If, however, you have a specific question which requires an answer, come to the forum and hope that one of the brilliant volunteer mods or our francophone colleagues will be able to answer you. The only downside to this is that if you're using the app, you have to wait until the same exercise turns up to get the answer!
When starting out I recommend two things. Even if you have the slightest query which you can probably find the answer to in a good dictionary/grammar (one of those is essential if you're serious about learning a language beyond the very basics), come to the forum and read the various questions. There's a good chance that someone's already asked it.
The other thing is to get a notebook or two and write down the DL hints at the start of the subject (where they're given. Later on they stop, very annoyingly), and write anything which catches your attention on a forum. Also make a list of verb endings, vocabulary and so on, even if you have the good dictionary/grammar. Writing it down helps you remember.
There are often links to excellent websites given, and I recommend you write them down and either visit after your day's exercises, or if you've got some time to kill. There are some oddly specific web pages on some of the sites, which answer some really odd questions lol! Unfortunately, you can't click through from the app.
Caroline, there is absolutely no need to get irritated about Zosia's remark. She only said that "bon matin" isn't used in France, nothing more. She didn't say that "bonjour" should be used everywhere in the world or that "bon matin" is wrong. Whether "bon matin" should be marked correct or not on DuoLingo is a completely different matter. I think students on DuoLingo should be taught that it is "bonjour" primarely (because it can be used in any French-speaking country), but on the other hand "bon matin" shouldn't be marked as wrong. However, in the current format of DuoLingo it isn;t possible to have both ways. DuoLingo should consider implementing some sort of pop-ups to say something like: "Good morning is usually "bonjour" but in Canada it's okay to say "bon matin". Finally a kind request to you, Zosia and all others who write comments in French: please write your comments in English. DuoLingo is an English-to-French (or other language) learning tool, not a French-to-French. People from all over the world are reading these comments. Most non-French speakers will not be able to understand (all of) what you're saying at this early stage of the course.
I agree with you except I find French responses absolutely fascinating! They are not only expressing themselves in their native language, they are also expressing strong feelings. Much more informative than rote questions and answers.
Also, we are all able to translate any language into any other language by using the website called Word Hippo.
I think Duo now has the same service as Word Hippo.
To all native French speakers: Please ask questions in whatever French you speak. Also, since people who are learning a language tend to have better grammar than native speakers, please correct my English grammar mistakes.
Love meeting you :-)
The prompt asked you to translate "Good morning, how are you doing?" from English to French.
The reason your answer wasn't accepted is because "salut" means hi or bye, not good morning. You would need to use the word "bonjour" or possibly "bon matin" if you're outside of France. I'm not sure if "bon matin" is seen as an acceptable translation by Duolingo yet, though.
Think about it this way - bonjour is just "good day" in English. Bon+jour. So it's just like how you're effectively saying "hello" if you say "good day." Except we aren't in the 1900s tipping our top hats, so very few people say "good day". :) (This is much more confusing when you consider that the direct translation of good morning is "bon matin," and that many countries use "bon matin," even if much of France does not... but that's on duolingo for giving priority to a colloquialism and not accepting both, not you.)
gars, stop arguing what is used more often. duolingo chip in several answers.
Because it is not correct. ça va is an idiom. Basically meaning "it's going". Adding comment makes it a question- "how is it going". Responses include ça va bien "it's going well". ça va mal "it's going poorly" (I'm not having a good day/time etc). And you can answer ça va for an indifferent response "it's going"
No not really, but it depends on the way you say it. Ça va (if saying it as a normal sentence) means "I'm fine". Ça bien means "I'm doing good". If you say it as a question ça va means "How are you?" and ça va bien means "Are you doing well?" (More along side your actual wellbeing) If you want to be sure you use "Comment ça va?" to form the question, but both ways are possible.
Most smart phones have multilingual support built into their keyboards. You just need to find the setting to activate it.
Here, the "c" doesn't really have an accent, but rather a cedilla: "ç". The character is called "c-cedilla" in English (French: "cé cédille") and can often be selected by long-pressing on the letter "c".
I'm sure it is common sense if you are only selecting one of 3 options. That's what I did. However, many of these people had to type the sentence in due to platform differences. In this case, the common sense thing to type would actually be "bon matin" (good morning) instead of "bonjour," which though a common colloquialism in France, is not necessarily the direct "good morning," but "good day." Which may still sound obvious to you until you consider that many countries, for example Canada, use both "bon matin" and "bonjour."
I live in the U.S. and even I know that "french is french" is an inaccurate statement. I've read MANY times in the discussions that Duo teaches Parisian French and English which is spoken in the U.S. (not England, Canada or Australia)
Where do you live? My guess would be France.
The literal translation of ça va is "it goes." When it's in the form of a question, I see it as "How's it going?" and "It's going" in the form of a response. That's without context, though. With more context it can mean any number of things.
This article explains how to use ça va in more detail: https://www.thoughtco.com/ca-va-vocabulary-1371141