Lesson 6.6

MCK

MCK

Je suis vraiment perdu, là !  Translated as 'I am really lost here', (Incorrectly in my view - surely even in this phrase ici would be here) in the lesson.  This is supported by the fact that in the Quiz the same phrase is translated as 'I am really lost there' (the correct translation I think).
 
 
 
toru e

toru e

In conversational French, «là» is usually used to mean "here" as well. For example, if you're meeting a friend for coffee, and he/she doesn't see you sitting at the table, you would say «Oh, je suis là.»

Incidentally, "I'm here for you" would also use «là» : «Je suis là pour toi/vous.»
MCK

MCK

Thanks for the explanation, appreciated. Since posting, I have checked with my wife (French) too, and she confirms what you have said. However, at least in the part of the world I come from we would not say "I am really lost here" when talking about not following the train of a current conversation - it would be 'I am really lost there' (more likely 'you have lost me there' actually).  Either way, the literal translation in the lesson would be improved by being rewritten to "I am really lost here/there" to indicate the dual (English) meaning.
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Salut MCK et toru e !

Thank you for your question and feedback, MCK, and for your response, toru e!

I agree that putting in a literal translation would help to differentiate this sentence from, for instance, Je suis vraiment perdu ici. I will pass this on to the French team to see to.

As for the English translation of "I am really lost here," a way of reading it that might make more sense/sound more accurate in the context might be more in the sense of "I am really lost (over) here." I hope that this is helpful!

À la prochaine,

Liss
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

P.S. - I nearly forgot to mention: I will pass on the fact that the translation in the lesson and that in the quiz don't currently match as well, so that that is resolved!

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