"Une baleine !"
It does, but after listening to the the Google translate of both words repeatedly, I could better hear the L in baleine. http://translate.google.com/#fr/en/une%20baleine%20et%20une%20banane
I don't know about you, but I like the duolingo voice better than google's. :/
I always remember "baleine" cos it sounds like "baloon" and a whale is like a balloon and i remember "poisson" cos its like "poison" :3
I think of "baleen", those little teeth-things that whales use to filter-feed.
how to say "a female whale" and "a male whale"?
as for the " cock roach" , it's both male and female, how to say that?
"une baleine mâle" - "une baleine femelle"
"un cafard mâle" - "un cafard femelle"
Just because of the slump. No one has at some point of time officially decided that requin (shark) is a masculine word and baleine (whale) is a feminine word. They just happen to be. Probably linguistic dominant persons once thought they sounded best with these genders.
Most probably, if "requin" had been "requine" it would have been feminine and if "baleine" had been "balein" it would have been masculine.
Anyway, "requin" would originally be "chien de mer" and "chien" could be pronounced "kien" in old times. From Latin "canis", masc. "Cave canem!" = beware of the dog!
"Baleine" comes from Latin "ballena", fem.
I recently had the good fortune to yell this phrase out while whale-watching - in Madagascar! Merci, Prof. Hibou.
why does stiffener not work its is a website that is successfull and well knoown yet is stupid