The pronunciation is weird... Is the speaker actually French? She says the "s" in "est" (meaning "is", not "east").
It's supposed to sound kind of like "oooh eh tell," so Duolingo is wrong. Pop it into Google Translate for the correct pronunciation.
Yeah, I was pretty sure that was how it's supposed to sound. They should correct that.
I also noticed that the speaker pronounces "c'est" weirdly and does unusual things with liaisons (like saying the s in "tu eS un enfant" but not "je suiS un enfant") so I'd really like to know where she's from... It's not like any French French I've ever heard.
I believe it is a matter of computerized cutting and pasting pre-recorded words that has not been done right.
Yes, the limitations of the Duolingo speech software is very apparent here. The fact you have to say the wrong thing to get it 'correct', is not good.
Is there a general rule for hyphenisation in French? They seem to appear at random to me, and I'm assuming that is due to my sub-par grammar knowledge...
Hyphens are required in all formal questions with inversions Verb-Subject.
I thought "ou" meant "or." Does the accent mark on the "u" change it to "when" or "where" instead?
Yes, "ou" mean "or" (coordinating conjunction) and "où" is an adverb or a relative pronoun meaning "where" (and secondarily "where").
In this section of the course - Questions -, you will find many sentences starting with "où" = where.
There is a song in musical "Notre Dame de Paris", with the title like that sentence "Ou est-elle?". Sorry, that's first thing I thought about when I saw it ;P But it's good to listen if someone is confused how it should sound.
Faut revoir la prononciation on dirai qu'ils disent "ou estel" sa ne veut rien dire.
Duolingo est informé depuis bientôt 5 ans que certains mots et phrases ne sont pas correctement prononcés. Mais il y a d'autres priorités.
In general, "où" means "where".
In very limited cases, can it mean "when": c'était le temps où nous étions jeunes (it was the time in which we were young)
u est?": Shouldn't I hear a liason between 'ou' and 'est', like 'ooZetel'? I'm a bit at a confusion where does that 'Z' comes necessarily, and where is it an absolute never? Any help? DuoFairy?
"Où est" does not generate any vowel sound conflict: think of "way", that is very close in sound.