"Elle sait parler japonais."

Translation:She knows how to speak Japanese.

December 16, 2012

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But you wouldn't say that in English, normally. You'd probably say - She speaks Japanese or - She can speak Japanese. Lost a heart


It now accepts 'She can speak Japanese'


But it should also accept "she speaks Japanese"!


"She speaks Japanese" = "Elle parle japonais". Remember that there is the verb "savoir" in this sentence, even though idiomatically this sentence can be translated without it, but the general meaning that she knows how to speak the language. On the other hand, saying that she speaks Japanese may imply that she is speaking it at the moment.


Not in english, where it can just as easily mean she habitually speaks french or an implied she knows how to speak french, so she does so


I see 'know' but I do not see the word for 'how'. That is why I answered, "She speaks Japanese". This sentence means that she knows how to speak Japanese not that she is speaking Japanese right now.


"she speaks Japanese" is accepted


I said it that way on the German one earlier and it marked it wrong. "He can speak German." It's just to picky at times.


I'm still unclear as to why an article is sometimes needed before the names of languages but not all the time. ??


After the verb parler the article is optional, although its use is required after other verbs.


So "Elle peut parler japonais" but "Elle sait le japonais"? I'm confused on when to use the definite article with the name of a language.


Would <<Elle connait parler japonais>> mean "She knows to speak Japanese"? I mean, in English, I would interpret that statement to mean that she knows it is contextually appropriate to speak Japanese - so, would replacing "savoir" with "connaître" in this example change the meaning in such a way? Or would I have to say, more like, <<Elle sait qu'elle doit parler japonais>>?


Isn't connait to know a person? Savoir would be knowing a skill/fact...

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Connaître and savoir are a little more complicated than that. See here: http://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/savoir-versus-connaitre-the-verb-to-know-in-french


There are a lot of good grammar articles on that site. Thanks!

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I asked a similar question on a different thread a while back, and, as I recall, the answer was something along the lines of your final sentence. Pretty sure "connaître" would not serve the purpose.


Elle connait japonais should be accepted as nobody can completely know all vocabulary and grammar in a language. if this was the case then elle sait parler japonais would be accepted.


Using connâitre wouldn't change the meaning as much as it would just be wrong. Only savoir is used to say know how to speak a language.


Elle sait parler japonais ? Moi aussi ! 日本語が話せます!


Would "Elle s'est parlée japonais" mean "She spoke to herself in Japanese", and would it sound exactly the same as "Elle sait parler japonais"?


I had the same question. It probably should be an accepted answer for the listening question.

By the way, I think it should be elle s'est parlé japonais instead of parlée. Look here: http://www.leaflanguages.org/french-grammar-reflexive-verbs-passe-compose-past-tense/


I have the same problem with this sentence, though I think she could pronounce "sait" better ("sĕ") than she does know (more like "sû").


I don't understand why it doesn't accept Japonaise (female) if the subject is elle. Any explanation why it only takes Japonais (male)?


It's not speaking of a Japanese person here, which could be male or female. It's talking about the language, and the language's name is japonais. It's not an adjective, it's an object


why not 'parler le japonais?' One of the earlier examples use 'parle le russe,' just curious why not it wouldn't use 'parler le japonais.'


Both should be acceptable here. I think that the "le" option is just adhering to the general rule of using an article before a noun, but probably because the names of languages (e.g. le français) have the same form as the adjective it is acceptable to omit the article when describing the language someone speaks. However I think that when referring to a national language in a more formal context you would use the article before the name.


Toutes nos félicitations pour une 800 journée traite!


Merci KaptianKaos


Isnt the how to part missing ? comment parler ?


The expression of "savoir" + infinitive is understood as "to know how to" + verb. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/savoir.htm


I have a question. Would "Japonais" be capitalized or not? Usually I see that in French, ethnicities and languages are not capitalized, but they are here. Why is that?


French adjectives that refer to nationalities are not capitalized, but proper nouns are.


"She knows how to speak Japanese." = "She is able to speak Japanese." "She knows to speak Japanese." = "She is aware that she needs to/should speak Japanese in a certain situation." If the first sentence translates as "Elle sait parler japonais," then how do we translate the second sentence


"Elle peut parler japonais" = "She is able to/She can speak Japanese"

I imagine "She knows to speak Japanese" would be something like "Elle sait qu'il faut parler japonais" (she knows that it's necessary to speak Japanese).


Duolingo is saying that "Elle sais parler japonais" is "She knows how to speak Japanese" but isn't that "Elle sais COMMENT parler japonais" ?? Where did the "How" come into the sentence when translated??

And isn't "Elle sais parler japonais" translated to "She knows to speak Japanese"

so confused....

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Relax, it's ok. Just read through some of the comments above - snophie answered your question just a week ago.


J'ai entendu « Elle sépare les Japonais. » au lieu de « Elle sait parler japonais. »…


Seems like you mixed up the é and è sounds.


But isn't 'japonaise' the feminine noun for japense? Therefore shouldn't the answer be japonais because it's a WOMAN/female which is the subject or summit like that?? Very confused!


Here they are referring to the language and is, I believe, a noun. It is never in female format as a noun.


Why japonais instead of japonais? Many thanks.


confused over Japonais and Japonaise, is it using the word as a noun or an ajective, in the threads someone has said it is a noun so is masculine but my dictionary says the noun can be masculine and feminine , any clues??


why you say she can because your explain say know.pkease explain about it.


And so would I Duo, if you hurried up the course rollout :D


Is there no female spelling of Japanese?

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Why is it "japonais" and not "japonaise" to agree with the subject?


Given that it is a female who is refered to, why isn’t the correct word, “japonaise” (with the feminine “e”) ?

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