https://www.duolingo.com/bcrayner

"Le petit garçon apprend des paroles."

December 31, 2012

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bcrayner

if "apprend" can mean "teaches" or "learns", how can you tell the difference?

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

"appendre" is to learn; "enseigner" is to teach.

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/bcrayner

In the lesson, "Il nous apprend les mots." came up and means "He teaches us the words." So how does one easily distinguish when "apprendre" is being used to mean learn or teach? Does it simply rely on an indirect object in the sentence to make it clear that it's not (obviously) "he learns to us the words" despite being terrible English grammar. Is having an indirect object the requirement for using "apprendre" to mean "teach"?

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

since you have "nous" as an object of "apprend", it means "he teaches words to us". But again, it is not correct to use "apprendre" (to learn) instead of "enseigner" (to teach): otherwise, why have two distinct verbs?

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/noranovak

I have the same question as bcrayner below. Also, what is the difference between mots and paroles?

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

"mots" are combinations of letters, they can be said or written. "Paroles" generally refer to spoken words or sung words (les paroles d'une chanson).

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Amartya1511

If I want to say, The little boy learns to speak, is it right to say: Le petit garçon apprend parler?

August 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

No it is not. You have to use "le petit garçon apprend à parler" (preposition "à" has the same function as the English "to" here).

August 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Amartya1511

Merci !

August 26, 2013
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