https://www.duolingo.com/Erika10915

chaude as a compliment

I am learning that describing the appearance of something as chaude is similar to calling something pretty or attractive. When I hear it, it makes me wonder if it is similar to calling someone or something "hot" in English. Telling your grandma that her dress looks hot is not always appropriate, and I wonder when it is appropriate to tell someone that their dress is "chaude"

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SaneHelle
SaneHelle
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Hi there! No, "chaude" is NOT the same thing as "hot". It has a very strong sexual connotation. If a woman is described as "chaude", it is usually not a compliment, it means she likes/wants sex...

Then again, it can also mean that she is "warm". It all depends on the context ;)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erika10915

thank you, complimenting a person in any language is very complicated, so i appreciate your input. I am also referring to people describing clothing.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SaneHelle
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https://www.duolingo.com/SaneHelle
SaneHelle
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If you want to say that a dress looks hot, I guess the closest would be "sexy", as in "C'est une robe sexy". If you want to compliment someone on how good their dress/piece of clothing looks, you might say "Ta robe est magnifique", "J'adore ta robe" or (only in oral French) "Ta robe est trop belle".

When talking about clothes, "chaud" usually refers to either a color ("une couleur chaude") or how warm a piece of clothing is ("ce pull est chaud").

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FredrikVC

So wanting sex is bad if you're a woman?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Erika10915

Saying a woman wants sex is not bad, but in the context that SanHelle describes, i understand it as more of a way of disrespectfully describing a woman, as if her value is based on whether or not she wants sex

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https://www.duolingo.com/SaneHelle
SaneHelle
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I didn't say it was bad, did I? But it is not a compliment, just as saying a man is horny is not a compliment either...

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https://www.duolingo.com/FredrikVC

It reminds me of a kid I knew quite a while ago. He referred to a female acquaintance of mine as a "nympho".

I played stupid, and asked what he meant. He then defined the term, but forgot to mention her gender. I said, "Oh, you mean stud."

He never used desire for sex as a derogatory term for a woman again.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Garcia270218
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You can say " ton pullover est bien chaud" or "tu dois avoir bien chaud dans ce manteau" but NEVER "tu es chaude". Tu peux aussi dire par exemple en été "J'ai très chaud" mais surtout PAS "je suis chaude".

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https://www.duolingo.com/krimo1964

tout dépend de la façon dont vous dites à la personne, par exemple si un garçon dit à une fille je vous trouve chaude, cela signifie qu'il la trouve en chaleur c'est purement sexuel, mais si par exemple je touche le corps de ma petite fille et que je le dis a sa mère que notre fille est chaude, cela signifie simplement qu'elle est fébrile, ou dire à sa petite amie que sa robe est chaude ou que sa veste est chaude, l'expression est tout à fait normal

6 days ago
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