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what is difference between (c) and (ç) ?? can we write (garcon) in stead of (garçon)??
C, in French, is pronounced like "k', so garcon theoretically would sound like garkon. The ç, a c with cedilla, is pronounced as an s. The symbols just tell you how to read/pronounce the word correctly. People will understand if you write garcon but it is not correct.
No. It's like 2 different letters. C is prononced either like a "k" or a "s", but "ç" is always as a "ss" sound. In "français", if you remove the cédille, you would pronounce it "fran-kè" instead of "fran-sè". Never forget a cédille, or it's no longer the same word.
A quick question! Is it right if i feel like a sudden stop of air in my throat when i say garcon? Like a glottal stop? And sorry this is quite a silly question but how do you write that c with a squiggly tail?
How can I type in French (or Spanish) on a regular keyboard? Like, what numbers do I use with the alt key for different symbols in French or Spanish? Thank you in advance!
On a Windows PC, go to the Control Panel, Languages, Keyboard, Change Keyboard, select "US International" keyboard. It keeps the usual QWERTY layout but also allows you to type almost all of the special alphabetical characters used in French: ç é è ê ï î ô ö û without having to remember any number codes. For Smartphones, hold your finger for a moment (instead of tapping) the letter "c" or "e", for example, and in a second the other letter options will appear allowing you to select the one you want.
When people hail the waiter by calling him "garcon," are they referring to him as a boy?
they are referring to "un garçon de café" which is the old expression defining their job. Nowadays, we say "un serveur" or "une serveuse" and call them "monsieur, madame, mademoiselle".
Sitesurf is right. It's more common to say "un serveur" (but to call him "garçon") and "garçon de café" is less common but still in use.
OF COURSE HE IS A BOY BUT THE NAME OF HIS JOB IS UN SERVEUR OR UN GARÇON.
That mark is a cedilla: you can find "ç" in the little keyboard provided by Duo every time you have to write in French.
Go to Google/translation, select French->English, type "garçon" on the French side, then click on the small loudspeaker: she says it perfectly. Now, you can practice.
the n is not prononced, just if it's un = un-habitant (cut off the n, just stay with the uuu) with ''female'' une = un-habitant (say the nn )
The 'n' in 'un' is most definitely pronounced, and it sounds like 'an' in english, such as 'un orange = an orange'. Other wise it would be a 'u' on its own.
No, that is not correct, "un" is a specific nasal sound (like an, on, in).
You only hear nasal UN + N when the next word starts with a vowel or a non-aspirated H:
un ami = UN-Nami
un homme = UN-Nom
"u" by itself sounds like the German "ü", a sound that does not exist in English.
because in French we have "genders": all nouns are either masculine or feminine and their modifiers have to agree with the noun.
so, articles have genders: un or une and adjectives have genders: bon or bonne
un bon garçon (all words in masculine) and une bonne fille (all words in feminine)
Fille is for girl, femme is for woman, likewise, garcon for boy, but what's for man?
since "boy" is masculine, you can use : un, le, ce, mon/ton/son/notre/votre/leur, ie all articles or adjectives in their masculine form.
Un means one, a or an. You use it with a masculine noun. Un garcon - a boy or one boy. Une means one, a or an and you use it with a feminine noun. Une fille - a girl or one girl.
Now, you can forget it. A waiter is un serveur and a waitress is une serveuse.
If you are in a café/restaurant, you should not call the waiter "garçon !", it is considered as patronizing (to say the least).
Please call them "Monsieur !" or "Madame !" or "Mademoiselle !"
I entered in English "a fellow" it was marked wrong even though the definitions under the word "garçon" give this as a posibility. Am I missing something here? thanks you.
you're missing that it's only a choice of answers, you have to find the correct one among the suggestions.
This is true, obviously context can be the difference between a certain meaning being acceptable or unacceptable. However with a 'sentence' as short as "un garçon" there is nothing to base a logical decision on and nothing to tell you what meaning should be used.
These are 2 indefinite articles wich are used for feminine and masculine nouns, depending on the gender of the nouns it will change.
ex: un chat (a cat)/ une chatte (a cat in feminine)
Hope it helped
When you begin, make a real effort to memorize the gender at the same time. So instead of thinking fille, think une fille. As you practice, it becomes easier.
i think but i'm not sure , when the words terminate with this vowels (a-o-u) its masculine, when finish with (e - i or sometimes a ) its feminine, but i have no idea whether its make sense or not.
No, it's not like Spanish, you can't deduce from the ending of the word, it's better to memorize the word with the article, as Joly said. Except if it's obvious, as "a girl". When I learn a word in another language, I try to imagine the word with the gender, ex: the moon is feminine, "la lune", I imagine the moon as a woman, and the sun is male, "le soleil, I imagine a "mister soleil", you can do it for every word! Use your imagination when you learn, it's fun and a wonderful tool to memorize faster.
no Porotto- un colibri is masculine. le genre is also masculine. une video= feminine