French Vocab

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French Greetings -- Hello

Just when I thought I had learned the French greetings (bonjour, bonsoir, salut) out of the blue, there's another -- "Hello." There's no explanation why it's used; it's just there. In the Lesson 3.4 Extra Vocabulary, the first line reads, "Hello! Ça va...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 23, 2014

Sounds the same - how to tell the difference?

Par dessus - on top Par dessous - underneath These sound the same, so in conversation how do I tell the difference? They actually mean the opposite.Je confuse. Merci.

2 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - March 19, 2014

les Chiottes

What does "les Chiottes" means in english or spanish

3 replies - Last post by lancish - March 14, 2014

How do I say: Goodbye Friend, I will never see you again

How do I say: Goodbye Friend, I will never see you again???????????

6 replies - Last post by lancish - March 14, 2014

Soyez vs. Être

What's the difference? (Quelle est la différence?) Soyez = to be ? Être = to be ?

8 replies - Last post by lancish - March 9, 2014

Meaning of word

What is the meaning of the French word 'ginkgos'?

1 reply - Last post by lancish - March 8, 2014

add a vocab word during testing

During multiple-choice testing there are sometimes new words introduced. When I try to double click on them to add them to my vocab, it doesn't respond - double click, triple click, left click right click. Does anyone know how to do this?

5 replies - Last post by roxypalooza - March 3, 2014

Inappropriate/appropriate

I've been informed by members of my French Club that to use the word "excitant" is culturally inappropriate as it is usually used only when referring to sexual excitement. I was telling them that I was "excited" about planning a vaction to France when the...

6 replies - Last post by Cathy-W - February 10, 2014

Thank you!

May I know how to say "Thank you all for your birthday greetings!" in French? Thank you in advance.

6 replies - Last post by Abdurrezagh-A - January 14, 2014

Use of "Salut" in First Lesson

Sorry if this has been covered before but I thought "Salut" was only used with family/friends. I understood that "Bonjour" was the usual greeting. Is "Salut" more common now? Bit confused. Appreciate any help.

20 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - January 5, 2014

des vs les

I'm confused as to why "des" is used (for example) in the phrase "je porte des chaussures" and is not je porte les chaussures." Are they interchangeable, or does it just depend? Merci, Julia

2 replies - Last post by julia-c13 - November 26, 2013

Notes scrambled

My notes keep inserting a ' where an accent is supposed to be. I tried deleting those blurbs, but they come back. How do I enter notes now?

5 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - November 25, 2013

oe

Where do we find oe as in coeur on the keyboard? I write coeur and it is not accepted at all.

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

What's the difference between C and Ç? (Pronunciation-wise)

How do you pronounce Ç ? What is the difference between C and Ç in French? Is there a pronunciation difference between C and Ç?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

My notes

My Notes come back to me as"J'y vais I'm," and I correct and save and they come back with the J'y vais I'm again. Que puis je faire?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

les Chiottes

What does "les Chiottes" means in english or spanish

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

general

how do we say all is well in french? tous cest bien or ...........................

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

2.2 On a Tour - Les chiottes - toilets

According to the Quiz, Les Chiottes means toilets - but it seems to be quite specific term for toilets. Can anybody explain the use of this word for toilets? Is it slang? It definitely does not seem to be a word for formal situations.

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

Copain and copine in English | Copain and copine meaning

Does copine mean girlfriend or female buddy/pal? Same question for copain, the masculine version of boyfriend or male buddy/pal?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 24, 2013

Meaning of word

What is the meaning of the French word 'ginkgos'?

3 replies - Last post by SisterLuna-- - November 10, 2013

glace vs glaçons

I am reviewing my lessons and found that glace can mean ice and ice cream. So it is the context of the question or sentence that would lead me to know if it is ice or ice cream. But what about glaçons? How or when is it being used?

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2013

The correct way to say 71

In the advanced numbers section of the survival kit the number 71 is said to be "soixante-onze", however, when I look at other french translations it is" soixante et onze". Is this an error or is there more than one way to say 71?

6 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2013

Ordering coffee

Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone can help me out? I'm hoping to find out how to order a cappuccino with skim milk in French? I've got capuccino and de lait écrémé, but I'm having trouble finding out how I put it all together. Thanks!

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2013

translation

As a trial user, I am curious about some of the translations. In lesson 1.3 "quickly" is translated as "rapidement;" why not "vite?" In lesson 1.4 "essoufflé" is translated as "puffed out;" English would be "out of breath" or "winded" (verlan).

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2013

Comment? Combien?

I received your answer and replied Lesson 1.5 Booking a Room. but when I hit reply, a failed delivery error came back. So I can't reply from my email page?

2 replies - Last post by Edith-M - November 5, 2013

Comment? Combien?

Comment coûte-t-il? was the answer to the question: "How much does it cost?" I hadn't heard "comment" in reference to cost, so I replied "Combien cela coute?" and it was wrong.

1 reply - Last post by toru e - November 4, 2013

Let's Practice Some French Together!

Salut tout le monde! I wanted to create this topic because I haven't seen any new topics in the French forum for a while. Just introduce yourself in French! And if you have any problems, just ask, and we'll try to help each other okay? I'll start: Bonj...

89 replies - Last post by theo-22 - October 19, 2013

c'est & il est

Does C'est & Il est both mean It is? Merci, Julia

5 replies - Last post by Dalibor-S - August 19, 2013

how do you say....

Hi I want to know how to ask how is she? (asking for her helth) like how is your mother doing... so How do I ask how is she? comment va elle? o comment est-ce qu'elle va? and what are the differences between the two. Thank you.

41 replies - Last post by Horacio222 - May 3, 2013

french word

how do you say page in french?

1 reply - Last post by Robert-R5 - February 24, 2013

Allergies

When we go to France in September, I need to be able to say "My husband is allergic to capers!" Can someone give me the translation and pronunciation guide? I certainly don't want to get this wrong! Marcy

5 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - February 3, 2013

Trois meaning (other than three/3 )

What other meanings are for this word "trois" Ex: Trois fois saint... would be...? Thanks in advance

4 replies - Last post by Julien-C - January 10, 2013

Vocabulary Game for iOS Apps Until ...

Salut!! I found an app in the iTunes store that will help you with vocabulary. It's called "Mindsnacks ". You can learn vocabulary while playing a game. This app is available for free. You get access to 2 games and 3 vocabulary lists. If you want more, y...

0 replies - Last post by Claudia7 - December 28, 2012

whats the translation of good morning

whats the translation of good morning in french

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 13, 2012

Dictionary

Hey I wanted to know if with this course comes a french dictionary that also has audio so you can hear how the word is pronunced? If not do you have any idea of where I can find one on a safe site? Merci! :D

6 replies - Last post by muhammad-- - June 25, 2012

Pronunciation of French 'r'

How do I prounouce a French 'r' like in 'lettre', 'parler', and 'trois'? Where do I place my tongue? How do I shape my mouth? What does my throat do?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 24, 2012

Survival Kit: Countries - Is "Australie" really pronounced "oceanie"?

I know French pronunciation can be tricky, but usually I can see where it's coming from. In this lesson, the pronunciation she gives sounds like a totally different word, especially because "Australien" and "Australienne" sound as you would expect. Is it ...

5 replies - Last post by Ruthanne-A - June 16, 2012

lesson 14:3 the wedding

I am wondering if some wording is missing or if it is said differently in french versus english. In this lesson they are talking about the wedding day & in french it says " au fait, et les alliances & in english the translation is what about the...

1 reply - Last post by annie-b - May 26, 2012

C'est or il est

Bonjour, I'm having trouble determining when to use c'est or il est. Is there some rule that I need to know to help me? Thanks, Roger

4 replies - Last post by KHRISTINE-- - May 15, 2012

fatigùù

Why is to say (a little tired) is (un pue fatigûe) and not. ( un pettie fatigùe) Sorry if I've spelt it wrong!

4 replies - Last post by siteri-s - May 2, 2012

Just a tip

I have found it helpful to COPY the current "Conversation" and then to PASTE it into the "Notes" section of the next lesson. Then, when the previous lesson is reviewed, one can easily bring it up in Notes while listening to the review. I like having the t...

6 replies - Last post by leroy-g - March 19, 2012

Ponouncing VITE

Lesson 3.1 , je la vois. Waouh, elle va trop vite! Claire seems to pronounce "vite" two different ways in this lesson: one with a definite voicing of the final -e, giving the word 2 distinct syllables (vi-teh), and the other way without voicing the -e ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Different Pronunciation

Hello, I'm new to Rocket French, so this may have been asked numerous, I don't know. My quetion is regarding different pronounciations I'm hearing in lesson 1.2. These are all basically the same issue, but I'm listing several examples. For instance t...

6 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

'to want'

Hi there - Have just begun the course and have seen two versions of the verb 'to want': veux and voulez. Lesson 1.3 uses the phrase 'vous voulez un cafe', and lesson 1.4 uses 'tu veux un cafe'. What is the difference, and when should one form be used ov...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

lesson 15.4 & 15.6 verbage "marketing"

Hi I have reviewed both lesson 15.4 Business Meeting / Réunion de Travail & also 15.6 today & they both mention "marketing" but use different words. In this conversation they are having issues & the wording says " Bon. Il faut en discuter ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

lesson 15.3

In the lesson of the job interview they review to "univeristy" in the english translation but in french the word i think it is in reference is "bac" is that a slang term or another name for university? french says: vu ma formation de Bac plus 4 english s...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

name

what is sashi indukuri pronunced in french?

0 replies - Last post by sashi-i - November 25, 2011

lesson 14.5

hi - in this lesson the verbage & audio do not match the verbage says : "Nous ne voulons pas de fromage" but the audio says "Nous nous ne voulons pas de fromage" . i believe one of them needs to change right?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - April 28, 2011

verb lancer versus jeter

in lesson 10.6 the discussion is in using verbs present & past & in the example they give lancer for "to throw". My question is: when is "lancer" used versus "jeter" - from what i can determine they both mean to throw thanks

2 replies - Last post by huyen--1 - February 26, 2011

lesson 11.3 car being ticketed

in lesson 11.3, Eric is telling his story about a ticket & the car being “removed”. In the English translation it says “the pound was taking my car” but I think you mean to say the car was going to be towed ( to the pound). I realize there may be an...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - February 21, 2011

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