Can a native speaker tell me what the difference between "bâtiment," "immeuble," and "édifice" (not sure if it has an accent or not) is?
wordreference forum gives the following definitions:
le bâtiment is the generic word for building
l'immeuble is an office or apartment building
l'édifice can mean a large building such as a palace, church, or skyscraper
In France, we prefer "immeuble". "Edifice" is used when the building is old and very wonderful and "bâtiment" is used to speak about the construction.
so how do you tell "jeune" from "jaune"?
"Jeune" is pronounced with a sound something like "uh." "Jaune" is a much more rounded "oh." Try searching them on http://www.forvo.com/ to hear them pronounced by real humans :)
If you know the word jaundice then it's easy to remember because yellow also begins with 'jaun-'.
Where did ship come from.
Un bâtiment may also refer to a ship (i.e., a sea-going vessel); un bâtiment de guerre = a warship.
I tried boat but it wouldn't take it. Are ship and boat not synonymous?
A boat is smaller.