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Philip-G

Philip-G

Hi marie i,ve got a problem in lesson 13.3. one is given the frase "me tente bien".the translation given is "is very tempting" why this translation. please can you help. many thanks Phil
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour Philip! If we literally translate this phrase we get "me tente bien" - "to me tempts well" but is translated as "is very tempting (to me)" simply because it is more comfortable in English to say the latter. Also, in French we are more likely to use a verb to say that something is tempting (to sb.) than arbitrarily saying that something is tempting, as we do in English. J'espère que cela vous aide! - I hope this helps! - Marie-Claire
Philip-G

Philip-G

Thanks Marie-Claire. When i'm learning French i try to think as a French person would think and construct sentences accordingley. So when i see the the English translations i sometimes get very confused. Do you think that i'm approaching learning the language the wrong way. Cheers Phil
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour Philip! Not at all, I think you are approaching the learning of the language in exactly the right way. Although, everybody learns languages differently and finds different methods easier than others, but the more you can approach the language in a "French mindset" the quicker you will be able to gain an ear for the language. Courage! - Marie-Claire

this week i need to know Days of the week,seasons,months and ...bien,merci
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour Giku! If you would like to know the days of the week please go to the page "Days of the Week" which you will find in the "Survival Kit". J'espère que cela vous aide! - I hope this helps! À bientôt, - Marie-Claire
Mary--6

Mary--6

Bonjour Marie, Je m'appelle Mary, Je suis Etudiante de Kenya. J'habit ou Kenya Tu habite ou? Merci beacoup,for your support,i studied french 3years ago, but only managed to do the basics as it became difficult for my mum to pay my fees,but am glad i can now continue learning because of your kind heart,help and support.... Please correct me where am wrong. Au revoir.
Taneisa-P

Taneisa-P

Hello, I am doing lesson 12.2 Making a Complaint there is this phase "en la mettant" and in english it a means " when a went to put it on!". Can you please explain this because I am bit puzzle because I try to break it down it english as I go along. thanks
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour Mary, J'habite actuellement en Nouvelle-Zélande et je suis contente de t'avoir rencontré. Bonjour Taneisa, "En la mettant" means "when/in putting it on". "Mettant" is the present progressive or gerund of the verb "mettre", to put on. In front of the gerund we usually add the preposition "en" so that is why we find that in the sentence. "La" is simply the direct object pronoun which just replaces the word "veste" and is used so that we dont have to repeat the word. J'espère que cela vous aide - I hope this helps - Marie-Claire

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