LEU _ LEH
In this sentence, there should not be any confusion (even if you don't really hear le-les) because the verb is in the plural form: "sont" not "est"
just as similar sounding as best and vest were to me when i was learning english. give it time :)
I have noticed that when "les" is followed by a word that begins with a consonant as "garçons" you don't have to pronounce the final "s", instead when "les" is followed by a word that begins with a vowel then you have to pronounce the "s". So the word "les" has two pronunciations, it depends from the word that follows "les".
le(s) garçons = the boys
les enfants = the children
that is true. Trailing s is almost always silent. That rule you noticed, where the "les" ends with a Z sound when it is before a vowel.. that's called a "liaison" pronunciation. Good topic to google :)
conjugation of verb être : je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous êtes (polite and plural), ils/elle sont.
sommes is for Nous( meaning we) and sont is for ils/elles (meaning they)
sommes ..means "are".. come with "nous" wich means we .. okay .. ! i wish i could benefit you with this answer .. -
and sont .. means also are but comes with ils or elles .. wich means they .. !!
The listening exercises are what trip me up with this language. I have some difficulty distinguishing an audible difference between plural and singular words. There also seem to be way too many silent letters! But I'm sure as I practice more, I will have less difficulty over time.
Very often, there is no audible difference between singular and plural, simply because final -s are mute.
Therefore you must focus on other clues: a liaison, the verb's conjugation, possessives...
In this sentence, only "garçon/s" and "riche/s" are similar :
les garçons sont riches
le garçon est riche
So what you are saying is that "garçon" and "garçons" both sound the same as well as "riche" and "riches"?
Yes, and this is why you have to focus on determiners like articles and verbs.
I cant unxerztNd the difference between garçon and garçons. I know garçons is plural, but when do i know when to use them??
i am able to distinguish what to use when you are using etre(to be) in je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous et ils/elles but how would i know what kind of etre(to be) should i use when the sentence includes pronouns already?
Is there a specific reason, like a teaching technique, why most of these phrases are about being rich or calm or rich and calm? I find it interesting that different languages should stick to some specific words while going through the basics.
With languages that have a lot of conjugation forms and agreements in gender and number, you have to go through the whole array of possible cases. Then you can move on and learn new adjectives.
Since the French sentence does not have "très", you should not add "very".