Yup: http://translate.google.com/#fr/en/Il%20neige.%0AIl%20nage and press the little speaker.
Even with that knowledge, I'm listening to it over and over and I can't decide between the "eh" and "ah" sounds.. :|
Is there any difference between "It snows" (il neige), and "He swims" (il nage)?
when it comes to the weather, you just use 'il'. dunno why. but like 'il fait beau' means similar to just 'it's nice out', you know, a calm, sunny, pleasent day. like, to ask about the weather you say 'quel temps fait-il', 'temps' meaning like 'temperature' or 'temperament'. NOT time (which is 'quelle heure est-il'?). 'il fait' or 'il neige' 'il pleut', just always 'il' for 'it'. THOUGH, I have seen a sort of mini conspiracy theory that here, the 'il' refers to 'He' as capital-H God, as in the idea that He controls the weather 'He snows' as in 'He makes it snow', as France has a very religious cultural history. buuuut that's not official hahaha
Languages have evolved differently. There isn't always a direct word-for-word translation. "il" means "it" as well as "he", so if you were talking about a bed, you'd say "il est confortable" (it's comfortable) or a house, you'd say "elle est belle" (it's beautiful").
Sorry about your conspiracy theory though - still, if you published it on the internet, thousands would believe it : )
haha, nah not my creation. just a joke from a youtube video I watched, thought it was interesting
That's how my teacher taught us, by saying that it is 'il' because it refers to God.
wow! seriously? I suppose that makes it easier to escape the translation-mental-gymnastics, whether it's true or not haha
Yes i also wonder this! I've googeled and "c'est beige" seams very uncommon. But i stil don't get when to use "il" and when to use "c'est".
because of this, I think I wont forget snow in french! Thanks! oh and now it is stuck in my head too! hahaha
We're getting a little snow and rain here in Alberta too. (April 24) Supposedly it's spring.
Right now it's cold and rainy here and was trying to snow (May 6). When are we going to get some "global warming"?
So is 'il' really used for objects and inanimate things in spoken/current french? "il neige" just sounds weird to me... it's like writting "ele neva" in portuguese, wich is not right - the right form is "está a nevar" wich implies the third person but doesn't mention it. I hope someone understands my question, english is not my first language, sorry!
Our favorite joke in French class was to say this in a "sexy voice." Try it. TRY IT
It's funny. first he says it all calmly, "il neige", then when u click the turtle, he says irritated-like "IL ...NEIGE" as if to say, "got that you idiot?" I just laughed when I heard that.
She definitely says "il nages" and not "il neige", but I was marked incorrect here. I listened to it several times, in both the fast and slow versions. The translation is incorrect.
But they are two completely different words -
it's = it is,
its = possessive pronoun, as in his, hers, its
I said 'its snowing' it said it was wrong! Please someone give me a lingot!!Thanks
Yes, it does - but it also means "it" in some cases.
It's true = c'est vrai
but when you talk about something which is either masculine or feminine, you use the appropriate pronoun, so with weather, you say "il neige", "il pleut" (it's raining), "il fait beau" (it's beautiful weather) etc. You're referring here to "le temps" (the weather), which is a masculine noun, so it's "il".
The suggestion above, "c'est neige", means "it is snow" (as in the answer to the question "what is this?")
I might be having a brain toot, but would "C'est Neige" be a correct translation? Or no, since 'snowing' is a verb?
I got a wrong because I missed an exclamation mark. How do I hear an exclamation mark? Next time I got a wrong because I added an exclamation mark. Whoot?