https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo1510

Les hommes et les femmes.

In my experience, the French lessons on Duolingo have lots of examples of men talking about/to women but not the other way round. eg: "L'homme appelle sa femme (The man calls his wife)", "Ta femme est jolie (Your wife is pretty)", "Ta femme est grande (Your wife is tall) etc.

Why do we not get examples of "The woman calls her husband", "Your husband is tall", "Your husband is handsome" etc? I don't even know how to say "husband" in French and I feel this is a mistake on Duo's part.

Am I the only one thinking this?

This is like my own lingot farm! :D Thanks guys.

February 10, 2015

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Batomouch

Hello hackneyduo! Maybe The boss and staff of Duolingo is essentially composed of men, I don't say they are "macho" no ;-)) But I didn't notice that before your comment. Husband = mari or époux. Enjoy your time here hackneyduo ;-)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ShongZuo

L'homme appelle sa femme : The man/The husband calls his wife

As "femme" (woman) can mean "wife", "homme" (man) can also mean "husband",

" in case you don't know "femme" also means woman "

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrMammouth

Using "homme" as "husband" is... Well... To me, it's almost a redneck-y way of talking! :p As Batomouch said, "mari" is more appropriate, or "époux" if you want to be very formal.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo1510

I did actually know that femme meant woman; I'm almost level 10 in French and my Mum teaches French at university level, but thanks anyway!

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

I am not sure where it was, but there was a lengthy discussion on this very issue over all the languages. Usagiboy7 participated in it. It was 2 or 3 months ago. He might be able to give you the link.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/INordh

I don't know where you are in the tree, but Duolingo introduces "mon mari" in the family topic I think. I still agree with you though, there are more examples about wives.

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo1510

Yeah, I am five or six topics away from family. You'd think that if they introduced "wife" now then they would introduce "husband" at the same time!

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JanetArmst1

He alos neede a secretary (f)!!!

February 11, 2015
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