Yes, "ma mère est sur le balcon" is the most frequent preposition when the event is in a house or apartment.
In a theater, "ma mère est au balcon" (vs "à l'orchestre") is the adequate preposition.
So to complement Sitesurf's explanation, English speakers would say she is "on the balcony" if the balcony is at home, but "in the balcony" if it is at the theater.
I'm still a bit confused about how liaison works with "et" and "est". Are they pronounced or not? Do you hear the /t/ in this sentence for "est au"? The audio doesn't pronounce it, but sometimes with duo it's hard to tell if it's a glitch or an intentional omission. (z.B. it still pronounces "forte" incorrectly)
No liaison at all with "et" (neither before, nor after)
Liaison most welcome after "est" (but none before).
Thank you very much! So just to clarify -
In "Le jouet est au balcon" the /t/ in jouet is not heard, but the /t/ in est is?
This should be added to the "Liaison" Tips & Notes section in Lesson 3. :P
I believe Sitesurf has answered your question above. Referring to a theater is probably the only way someone would be "in the balcony", i.e., "au balcon". At a house or apartment, one would be "on the balcony", i.e., "sur le balcon".
If you could avoid non-required contractions, the system would read you better... ;-)
No, sorry. That is not idiomatic (natural) English. One would say "outdoors", but not "out door".
Please read the whole thread, the difference is explained in the second post.
the sound of the letter "r" in the word " mère" changes as the word is placed in different sentences is this normal?
I don't know if it is, but it changes nothing. In French, there are more than one /r/, depending of where you're from and there is no change of meaning due to this pronunciation.
For those who are interested in linguistics, there are in French the [ʁ] (which is the one used in the audio), but also the [r] (the trill used in Spanish) and the [R] (another trill, but made with your uvula instead of the tip of your tongue).
"Mom's" is viewed by the computer as a possessive case.
This is why you should avoid non-required contractions.
Technically "sur le balcon" would be better for "on the balcony." Did you put "in the balcony" and was it not accepted as correct?
Is this also pronounced with the 't' in 'est' silenced? When is the 't' silent and when isn't it? I've heard the words 'est au' together and often it's silent.
I would pronounce the 't' in "est" before "au". The tts voice doesn't seem to know all the rules. https://www.thoughtco.com/learn-proper-french-pronunciation-liaisons-4083657 https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/optional-liaisons/ https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/required-liaisons/ https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/forbidden-liaisons/