Having trouble hearing the plurals.
I'm having trouble hearing the difference in sound-alike single and plural subjects with transitive verbs. For example:
Elle mange le repas.
Elles mangent le repas.
Does anyone have some advice? Merci!
There is no difference in pronunciation between Elle and Elles, likewise Il and Ils. You just have to work it out from context.
Ils, not Ills. :) I read that and laughed because it looked like 3 l's. :P Here's a lingot.
Look for context. Most of the time, when 'they eat' they are eating more than one piece of food, so it will be les not le or la.
These drove me nuts too. I finally used a speech synthesizer to play similar sounding words/phrases over and over to pick up the nuances. Try it with something like "ce, ces, ses, c'est" for example.
I use http://www.acapela-group.com/ ... pick French (France) or (Belgium) or (Canada) and enter "Elle mange le repas. Elles mangent le repas." Click "listen!" several times and you'll hear that in this case there is no difference, so Duo should accept both.
Hope this helps ... it helped me.
Most of the time you can't tell the difference, you can only tell from context. I recently did an exercise though where the verb sounded slightly different (there was a letter at the end that was pronounced in plural that isn't pronounced in singular) although I completely forget which verb it is. I would say when you're learning, listen for even the slightest difference to endings between il/elle and ils/elles
From what I hear they are meant to sound the same and context will tell you the difference, but in some cases with certain verbs there is a difference in how the verb is pronounced due to how it is conjugated.
For example, Être = Il est vs ils sont
Pouvoir = elle peut vs Elles peuvent in the plural the 'v' sound can be heard a little.
Dormir = il dort vs ils dorment in the plural the 'm' sound can be heard a little.
I guess this only happens in the case of irregular verbs. Even I have trouble with this and have to use the slowed down version of the dictation to catch it if it is there. Hope that helped.