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"Cousine" in French word list

The word list and the flash cards define "cousine" as "(I) am on familiar terms," not as "cousin." Is that correct?

September 9, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/Aileme
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The problem here is that the computer interprets "cousine" as the first person singular (present) of "cousiner" (Je cousine avec lui = I am on familiar terms with him). This interpretation is correct, but most real people would see "cousine" and think "une cousine", meaning a female cousin.

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

The flashcards also say that "cousines" mean "You are on familiar terms."

Unfortunately, there is no way (that I know of) to report mistakes from the Words section. Be careful when using those flashcards.

Thanks, Aileme. I have never heard of the verb "cousiner" before.

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan.Cline

Is "cousiner" a slang term? I cannot find it in my French-English dictionary.

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

I could not find it in a couple of my dictionaries either, but a quick google search revealed some information. It does mean to be on familiar terms, that is, to treat someone like a cousin.

September 10, 2014
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