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"Je suis une araignée."

Translation:I am a spider.

March 23, 2013

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Je suis Peter Parker.


La araignée comes from the myth of Arachne, which is a good way to remember spiders are feminine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachne


yes, with an apostrophe because of the conjunction of la and a word starting with a vowel: l'araignée


D'oh! I keep making that mistake. (Le and La being shortened to L' before vowels.) I'm used to Spanish where you write it out every time (El and La). I have to re-train my brain. :)


I'm the other way around. I'm used to French and only ever use 'los' in Spanish because we only have 'les' en français.


that was exactly what I was thinking right then and there. I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY! I know about every single one there is. P.S. (My knowledge did not originate from the Percy Jackson series although that rocks as well...) :)


thanks. i also remember the fact that some female spider eats male spider and female spider are usually larger than the male spider. therefore, feminine is for arachnids.


yes. but fyi, this is not always the case. the diving bell male is larger than the female


woah! Learning about languages and spiders!


Yes... ty for the lingot. that is, i'm assuming it was you.


I think it was me! oh well, here's a lingot, just in case.


Haha thanks.... have it back


I also use this story to remember this word )) and it's really need to pay attention to article in this lesson cause duo-voice pronounces it like 'UN araignee'


well.. If you pay attention.. you could hear "iun" = une.. when it's "un", it's sounds diferent, like "an".


Last time I checked I was a bird, then I was a lion, now i'm a spider? Stop playing games with me duolingo, I am very aware i'm a potato in reality.


Not just a potato but a kawaii potato ^_^


Just out of curiosity, how would one say "Spiderman" in French?




here's a nugget of trivia: batman in french is.... 'le batman'


gruff and tough voice je suis la nuit. je suis le batman.


could this also mean, "I follow a spider"?


I was marked wrong for that translation; I'm reporting it.


Today I got an e-mail from Sitesurf from Duolingo, saying that they now accept this translation.
Thanks Sitesurf and all Duolingo team!


That is amusing. "Following a spider" would hardly be my first thought, but that is a correct translation. This place tickles me. . .sometimes like a spider walking on my arm. I've reported quite a few translations that seem to afford more than one correct answer, but have never received an email. Of course, I was probably way off base at least 90% of the time. Embarrassing. How did you report it YahyaZuhair?


once I finished Verbs: Present 2 lessons and learnt that suis could mean to follow, this sentence made more sense to me; as if I was following a spider that's going to hunt some insect trapped in its web.

when I was exposed to this question doing a revision, I put my answer as "I follow a spider" and was marked wrong.
whenever, you're marked wrong with a question, you can Report a Problem, if you think there's a problem with the question, of course...
and here we are :)


Je suis Lord Varys


I am a bitsy spider who climbed up the water spout, down came the rain and washed me spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain drops and me itsy bitsy spider.....


Is the "une" even pronounced, or is it just me? I seriously cannot hear the "une" :-(


Why don't you pronounce the s? ( it's next to a vowel)


I'm just starting to learn French, but I learned French diction several years ago because I'm an opera singer. From what I can gather, it seems that spoken French is getting lax about liaisons (pronouncing the consonants next to vowels). I believe it would still be correct to pronounce the s if you wanted to. In sung French, we almost always do the liaison, because it makes the line flow better.


You are most welcome!


Can't you say female spider


You don't need to actually. Une araignée is the generic that we keep when it is the female spider; and only when we specifically refer to a male spider, we use "une araignée mâle".


I swear, in the normal-speed version, it sounds like she's saying l'araignée...

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