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"L'éléphant est fou."

Translation:The elephant is crazy.

September 3, 2013



I translated 'fou' as 'wild' which is in the drop down menu, and it makes the most sense, and yet I got it wrong.

September 3, 2013


Probably because when it comes to animals, the most probable meaning would be "sauvage" = "wild"

September 3, 2013


What is the different between "fou" and "folle". I'm guessing "fou" is for mascualine nouns and "folle" for feminine nouns?

October 11, 2013


That's right.

October 12, 2013


I'm guessing fou as wild would be for example on the phrase crowd goes wild?

November 19, 2013


I had the same problem!

February 6, 2014


I did the same unfortuantely, on the plus side, you probably won't confuse the two meanings (fou vs sauvage) again

February 25, 2014


MaryAnne, accepted 2018-06-12 ( ! )

June 12, 2018


How can one judge the mental state of an elephant?

February 8, 2014


The question really is, "What is meant by 'fou' in this expression?" Is this a colloquial usage that does not mean the speaker observed the elephant behaving strangely? In English, someone might cry out enthusiastically, "That elephant is cool!", but they don't mean that the elephant has a somewhat lower than average body temperature.

March 31, 2014


Well, if an elephant is just loitering about, and then all of a sudden he turns at you and makes a silly face, then there's a good chance there might be something peculiar with that individual.

November 11, 2016


Bull elephants can go mad in the breeding season. It is called musth. They can have up to 60 times the usual amount of testosterone.

May 30, 2017

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    Oh c'mon now! I bet the elephant is just misunderstood!

    April 10, 2015


    I'm forever going to remember this with Mr T in mind: crazy = fou

    January 13, 2015


    fou= crazy or wild. :) dear Francais

    October 24, 2013


    Can fou be used playfully, such as "my best friend is crazy :)" like, she's not mentally ill, she's just fun... or is fou specially reserved for mental illness?

    April 7, 2014


    yes "fou, folle, fous, folles" can be used playfully.

    April 7, 2014


    Horton from Horton Hears A Who comes to mind...btw is the title Horton Entend Un Qui in French?

    April 27, 2014

    June 2, 2018


    Um.. I don't know if it works in French... But it English this is actually quite a good pun! Nuts... Elephants....get it? Hah.

    September 3, 2014


    I tried "nuts" to see what would happen. Duo accepted it.

    February 15, 2018


    There's sort of a "translational pun", to coin a phrase, with German, since "ist" ("is") and "isst" ("eats") are homophones, though German doesn't use a word for "crazy" that also means "nuts" in the "edible seeds" sense.

    And in a stereotypical French accent, you can do "zee elephant, eet's nuts (it's nuts / eats nuts)".

    February 15, 2018


    For me also "wild" seams correct? I mean even if he goes crazy he also goes wild? And as it is in the drop-down menu I would expect it to be accepted (anyway Duolingo does not always go for logical sentences ...)

    February 23, 2014


    From what I understand, an example of using "fou" as "wild" would be when talking about wild (out of control) children. Fou does not mean "untamed" as wild would in this context.

    August 31, 2014


    It happened once. The elephant escaped the circus and caused chaos.......or I think it killed many people out of the circus audience....or I think both.....

    December 25, 2014


    you're right and the elephant was hanged

    February 3, 2015


    Her name was Mary. Only one person had been killed, but there were rumors of more.

    (It's not the only true story of a rampaging circus elephant, but it's one of the grimmer examples of human nature.)

    February 15, 2018


    I did the same as MaryAnne20, why is "fou" as 'wild' for an elephant wrong?

    March 4, 2014


    Wild means somewhat opposite to domestic. But wild nature is not mad or crazy ))) Of course,a human can be called a wild beast..))

    January 20, 2016


    'foolish' is supposed to be a better word than 'nuts' I guess...

    June 5, 2014


    This is probably the green elephant Duo was talking about earlier!

    May 8, 2017


    Poor elephant ;w;

    December 27, 2014


    If I wrote the elephant is foolish, I am right!

    January 7, 2015


    No comment.

    January 4, 2016


    What would "crazy golf" be then? I am currently in France and they used "le minigolf," Qu'est-ce que c'est?

    April 17, 2017


    "Minigolf" is a common English name for it too. In fact I'd never heard it called "crazy golf" before.

    February 15, 2018


    Il n'est pas fou. Il est ivre et il peut utiliser ses oreilles comme ailes.

    July 13, 2018
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