Translation:I am fine.
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So this is either "How are you?" or "I am doing well"?? Does this mean a conversation starter can be... Person #1: "Ca va?"<h1>2: "Ca va"</h1>
You can differentiate by the tone. The question "ca va - how are you?" will rise in tone at the end, while the response "ca va - I'm well" will have a lower tone at the end.
Yes, it can mean "How are you?" and "I'm well." It can also be said when someone is checking up on you or asking whether or not you are okay. For example, if you were getting a massage, the masseuse could ask, "ça va?" several times in order to confirm that you were not in pain from the massage...
and again another one: you show your teacher/boss something you have worked on and inquire about its meeting his/her expectations.
Yeah, in my french class our professor would ask us "ça va" and it was appropriate to respond with "oui, ça va".
Oui, ça va!
Yes, it's perfectly correct, very unformal but correct!
As far as I know, the formal way would be:
- Comment allez-vous ? - Très bien, je vous remercie.
"Ça va" in general is an informal phrase. It's similar how "tu" is informal in comparison to "vous". In other words, ça va- informal, comment allez-vous- formal.
While people really won't complain about informality, I've been lectured a few times in Québec for saying ça va instead of comment allez-vous.
Just to help, we say 'formal' & 'informal', there is no word 'unformal' related to this context.
Yes. It seems strange only because the translation is the most common English equivalent for that kind of exchange. Literally though, the French question is saying "It goes?" and the response is "It goes." Much less strange when thought of that way.
I've always thought this as "How are you?" but when I answered it as so I was told that I was wrong. Odd because I was taught in highschool that "ca va?" was akin to "Hey, how are you?" in a conversation opener.
A: salut ! ça va ?
B: ça va. Et toi, ça va ?
A: oui, ça va.
Is 'toi' the form of 'you' to be used after 'et' in a sentence or only if at the beginning of the sentence or wut? These example conversations are very nice for learning extra vocab/details/formalities n whatnot, maybe Duolingo should have some early enough into the language :/
"Moi, toi, lui, eux" are stressed pronouns. They are used in replacement for "je, tu, il and ils", respectively, in a number of cases:
- in short questions: et toi ? (and you?)
- in short answers: c'est moi ! (it's me!)
- as multiple subjects: lui et moi allons bien (he and I are fine)
- after propositions: elle part avec lui, je suis content pour eux (she leaves with him, I am happy for them)
- between commas, for emphasis: moi, je suis content (me, I am pleased)
Yes. Ça va literally means "It goes".
Question: Comment ça va - How's it going? (How it goes)
Repondre: Ça va - It goes
Alternatively: Ça va? - (How) It go?
Ça va - It's going (It go)
Literally, you'll hear a conversation start with "It goes?", "It goes." Colloquially, it's closer to "How goes it?", "It's going fine".
Maybe you need it to remember it, but the right translation for "Comment ça va" is "How are you"/"How do you do". I don't know the exact meaning of "how goes it", but I guess it's a bit different, because in this idiomatic expression, the English use the verbs "to do" or "to be" where the French uses "to go" (aller)
"How goes it?" is a very informal, rather slangy way of saying "How is it going?" which is less formal than "How are you?" It is commonly heard among close friends but would not be appropriate on a formal level.
Also, if you are responding, you can add on bien or mal. So, Ca Va? Ca Va Bien. Ca Va? Ca Va Mal.
Yeah I was just wondering about it; because my 5th grade teacher taught us a little and she said it meant "how are you?" (It was last year)
Think of "ça va" as "all right".
When you ask about someone's well being, it has to look and sound as a question:
- ça va ? = all right?
If you answer that question, you make a statement:
- ça va = all right.
So you have to pay attention to the tone of voice and to the presence or absence of a question mark.
- how are you? = ça va ?
- I'm fine. = ça va.
The answer can be "Ca va" or you can say "Tout va bien", Yes you can use it to begin a conversation.
Yes, but with the "ç" and the "?"
Like saying "It's ok?" "(Yes) it's ok!".
It would be similar to:
Person 1: (is everything) All right? Person 2: (everything's) All right.
Ussually in france its "how are you" while the person you asked answers "Ca va bien merci" for "i am doing fine, thanks"
Their trying to say that u have to answer what to say. ;Like if I say How are you doing. You will probably say I'm fine
My problem is with the program: I know very well what this phrase means - but the "well" part is only implied. In other words, is the program asking for a literal or a colloquial translation? The phrase taken literally means "it goes", does it not? The "well" is implied. I'm sure I'm the only one who cares about this ...
Yes, I'm curious about the same thing. In English, if someone said "It goes." I would assume they were not doing particularly well. Is the "well" really implied when using "ça va"?
Yes it is. When a french person replies with "Ca va." they mean to convey that they are doing well. That's what the phrase means in french.
"ça va" = "ça va bien" ("bien" can be implied as you said)
"ça ne va pas" = "ça ne va pas fort" = "Je ne vais pas bien. = I'm not well.
The program accepts both the literal translation and the colloquial meaning.
This was discussed in an earlier comment thread--it is wrong because of the punctutation. The phrase above lacks a question mark, so it's just a statement/response. Using it to ask "how are you?" would require voice inflection as well.
"Ça va?" = How are you?
"Ça va." = I'm fine.
Because it's the short and unformal for "Comment vas-tu"? Unformal are always shor ways.
Ça va is an expression, not a word-for-word translation. When formed as a question, it simply means "How are you (doing)"? If you are doing alright, you answer with "Ça va" or "Ça va bien", meaning "I'm doing OK", "I'm alright" or "I'm fine". As you proceed in your learning French, you will find many such phrases which do not translate word-by-word. New learners are sometimes stymied by wanting to translate each word in English into a corresponding word in French and that is a method that breaks down almost immediately. Yes, je suis means "I am", but it has no place in "I am fine". BTW, you may delete the redundant message below.
Sometimes we learn more by making mistakes than by getting the right answer. Hopefully you learned that "c" and "ç" are not interchangeable.
A cedilla is not an accent but "ç" is a specific letter that has the sound of an S.
By the way, in French, most typefaces allow for accenting capital letters, like "Écœurant - Être - À demain".
This sentence Ca va has in the translation: "how are you", yet when I have written this as such it was taken as a mistake. It is certainly used in that meaning in Quebec Canada.
"ça va ?" (question) translates to "how are you?" (question)
"ça va." (statement) translates to "I am fine" (statement).
so if this means "im doing fine" and "how are you", would it be proper to have a converstation like this?
Person 1: ca va? person 2:ca va, ca va? person 1:ca va
person 1: how are you? person 2: im fine, how are you? person 1: im fine
ça va ? as a question means "how are you?"
ça va. as a statement means "I am fine."
You just have to pay attention to punctuation and/or tone of voice to distinguish questions from statements.
Can someone please tell me what the curve below C is called? And why it is used? Why can't we write just plain C ?
It is called a cedilla (une cédille), and it is required to change the pronunciation of KA to SA.
It is also used in other words like "garçon" or "gerçure" (skin crack) for the same reason, because A, O and U are "hard vowels". So, in front of E or I (soft vowels), C is naturally pronounced S.
Remember that "ça" is the shortened version of "cela", pronounced Seuh-la
Am I misunderstanding that there are no longer accents used on the capital letters? If so why does Duo suggest every possible accent on any capital letter?
So that you know that when these words do not start a sentence, they have an accent.
The sign under the C is called a cedilla (une cédille). this is the way to change the K natural sound of a C to a S sound, and this happens in front of a hard vowel: a, o or u.
Normally if you keep your finger on the 'c' key, you should see variants then you can pick 'ç'
If you're using Android, install the keyboard "SwiftKey X". Very awesome keyboard, and has many languages and emojis. You can also toggle between languages, or as @Sitesurf said, hold down the key and select the accented character.
What is the difference between
Ca va bien
Comment ca va
Can anyone explain this for me please?
ça va ? / ça va bien ? - with a question mark - = how are you?
ça va. / ça va bien. - with a period - = I am fine.
comment ça va ? is a question and remains a question = how are you?
Hmm. So how do we use the same while speaking to someone. While speaking, we can't add any such marks(?,.)
When you ask a question, your voice raises on the last syllable.
When you make a statement, your voice drops on the last syllable.
I live in Bassac, France a small village along the Charante river...the locals use this phrase as "How are you? The response is Tre bien...
Why not say "ça va bien" as in "It goes well"? Why do we only say "ça va"?
They're just different ways of saying it. Much like "good morning" is shortened to just "morning" by some people.