July 31, 2020
August 10, 2020
Thanks for your feedback!
It's actually possible to say either parler de voiture or parler de voitures in French. There is a subtle difference between the two, but this subtlety is lost in English because both versions would normally be translated as "speaking about cars."
Essentially, when we say parler de voiture (singular), we're talking about la voiture "the car" as a general concept. French speakers talk about general concepts in the singular like this far more than English speakers do - for example, a French speaker might say La voiture est une machine incroyable "The car [i.e. the general concept/invention] is an incredible machine"; it's perfectly possible to say this in English, but your average person would probably more naturally put "car" in the plural and say "Cars are incredible machines."
When we say parler de voitures (plural), we're talking about les voitures "the cars." This can refer to cars in general, the same way we would in English; we're just no longer talking about "THE car," that standard concept.
I hope that this is helpful! Please let me know if you still have any questions or if any of this is unclear. I will ask the French team if they can insert a literal translation in this lesson so that confusion is avoided in the future.
À la prochaine,
August 12, 2020
August 17, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! Indeed, noting English-French discrepancies like this is something we're trying to do more and more across our courses now that we have some new functionalities to help us illustrate these kinds of things more cleanly.
It's also true that using a plural noun in phrases with parler (de) would arguably be more common, particularly in more casual contexts. So that we can eliminate all potential confusion on this matter for future users, I will ask the French team to look into simply changing this to a plural noun altogether.
Merci encore, et bonne journée !