Is it just that the lady doing the recording for this app doesn't differentiate between singulars and plurals or is that how the language is pronounced? I find it very difficult to tell the difference at times. The same goes for verbs that sound like "mange" and "mangent" but she doesn't pronounce the "ent" sound.
so i have to listen to "les enfants" (lez ONFONTZ) to hear the plurals to know it would be mangent? even though it is pronounced MANGE? What about with "nous mangeons" and "tu/vous manges?" I mean I appreciate the help, but this is where it gets hard for me. I am trying to find a class near me but this is the best I can do and I have learned a lot already. However, these greamatical things aren't being explained in the app.
Hi Daniel22690. You will get so much more from Duolingo if you go online moreso than using the app. Using both together will allow you to reap many more benefits because using the app alone isn't enough to help you to understand the nuances one encounters when learning a new language. Ir would be of benefit to you to also seek outside sources to help you understand. Check out YouTube videos on leading French and also Google 'learning the French language for free' or 'free language tutorial' (that is how I found Duoling). The app is good for practice yes, but the Duolingo website provides much more to help you in your studies. Take advantage of this free language tutorial...Rosetta Stone is very similar to this and much more costly!
Because in English you pronounce a consonant from a word that ends with a vowel. French is not like that, it stays the same. Example, mange the last letter is a vowel and nt to form the plural but you can not pronounce the nt sound like English. Sing=chante and nt for the plural. Also, you can not pronounce it shantint.
"Lire" is transitive and does not require any preposition.
lire un livre (singular) -> lire des livres (plural)
so "des" is not contrated from de+les, but indefinite article "des" (in English a/an has no plural)
"read from the books" = lire (quelque chose) dans les livres
When my french husband told me i would not be able to learn French, i think he knew that this sort of thing would drive me nuts! I put Il lise des livres... Il sounds the same as Ils to me, and i was guessing how to spell the verb, but since i was wrong on the subject,i was also wrong on the verb. The two verbs are pronounced the same,as well, correct? (singular he and plural they)
"des" is the plural indefinite article that English does not have. It is the plural of "un" or "une".
In English, plural indefinite nouns do not need an article and "some" is sometimes used but not needed.
- singular: un livre = a/one book
- plural: des livres = books (or some books)
Jesus christ, I studied french for over 5 years and thought that i would just do this to brush up on my skills, but the way these people are pronouncing everything I feel like I'm starting from the beginning. I feel sorry for everyone who is learning french for the first time here!