French Vocab

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complaints plaindre or reclamation

Lesson 7.8 discusses “complaints” when would you use je voudrais vous faire une reclamation versus Je voudrais me plaindre

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 25, 2011

Est-ce que and Pouvez-vous

Salut! I know that est-ce que vous means can you? And so does pouvez-vous. So what is the distinct difference between the two? Should we use one in a specific context exclusive from the other? Merci beaucoup!

5 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - January 12, 2011

lesson 2.8 good or wise

In this lesson 2.8 Talking about you and me - Part 2 it says Nos enfants sont sages. & shows a translation to be Our children are good. but doesn't sage mean wise so shouldnt it be Nos enfants sont bonnes? thanks .

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 19, 2010

french translation for the suburgbs

in lesson 1.10 extra vocabulary, the french word shown for "the suburbs" does not match the audio

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 14, 2010

dernier vs. hier

In the lesson 10.0 quiz, question no. 4, the correct answer uses " hier" soir instead of " dernier ' soir. Why? Doesn't dernier mean "last"?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 24, 2010

pardon et excuse moi

Are they the same meaning in French?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 28, 2010

comment on dit en francais?

How to say take care in French?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 21, 2010

pronunciation

Hi.... I need to know the different between JE SAIS and J'ESSAIE what is the different when I pronounce them... thank you.....

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

List of pronounciations

I am new to this course and thereby to this forum as well. I would like to know if there is somewhere a list with all the pronounciations which I could learn. The reason I am asking this is because the written words and the pronounciation are confusing m...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

mangera, parlera

how do you pronounce these third person words?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

Lesson 10.5 The Present Tense

Salut, Just wish to double confirm...is there a typo error on this sentence "Je suis là" translated as "I am here" or should it be "I am there"? Or is it suppose to be "Je suis ici"? Which is which, svp? Merci, An...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 15, 2010

My Vocab

Salut, I've noticed that "My Vocab" does not underline words in the text like: êtes, goût, là là, Mouillé(e), Qu'est-ce que etc... I imagine this is because of the circumflex, acute and grave symbols. They words get copied correctly to the My V...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 17, 2010

Translation 3.8

Tu sais, il vaut mieux laisser faire les choses. You know, it's best to let things be. What is the meaning of vaut & laisser?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 17, 2010

Would you really call the waiter, garçon?

Would you really call the waiter, garçon? Because what you are really saying is "boy" and unless you are being served by an 10 year old male this sounds insulting.

7 replies - Last post by shjomi - May 12, 2010

inversion of il y a

I can quite get the pronounciation of "y a t-il" in the phrase "Y a t-il des fleurs dans votre jardin?" I think that I hear an l after the y. Am I hearing something that's not there?

3 replies - Last post by jmoi - May 7, 2010

FRENCH HELP ( SORRY ABOUT THAT)

OK SO IN VARIOUS LESSONS LIKE THE INTRODUTION THERE ARE SOME PHRASES THAT DO NOT COME OUT IN THE WRITTEN LESSONS LIKE THE ONE THAT SAYS "I HOPE ITS ALL GOING WELL" WELL I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT CAUSE I SPELL IT LIKE "J'ESPERE QUI ...

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 6, 2010

plus

when is the s in plus prounounced and when is it not?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 6, 2010

Cheers

Salut, I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to say "cheers" in French. Bill.

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - May 6, 2010

for marie claire

Salut Marie Claire, when studying the section on foods, the term "nutella" was given. Just what is this, I have never heard of this . merci, gary

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 29, 2010

veuillez

I noticed that at the doctors, Eric was asked to go to the waiting room, Veuillez passer dans la salle d'attente. Why is veuillez used instead of vouliez?

2 replies - Last post by susiejrowe - November 22, 2009

Use of Tu in first lesson

I sunderstood Tu is only used for close frends and children, yet in the first lesson it seems to be used instead of vous is this correct or is it simply used because Paul adn Claire know each other. In either case I think the use should be stated

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 1, 2009

of 'Tres'

Hi. Just wondering if this word has free variants in terms of pronounciation. Cos in lesson 1:1, Claire pronounced it 'cre' (bien) and in lesson 4:1 'tres' (bien) to the MAN who wanted the ,'un paquet de bonbons.' This is more noticeable in the timeline 1...

2 replies - Last post by Dee-Banson-08 - September 17, 2009

french music vocab

Hello all! I am taking this course to help me brush up on my french since I have to cover a grade 1 and 2 french music class. I was hoping that someone can help me with a few basic phrases...the rest I think I can get by with the general conversational ...

2 replies - Last post by sarahbelle - September 4, 2009

About the Quiz Score inside our lesson plan

Bonjour J'ai l'aprendre Chapiture 1.3 en Juin mais je ne vraiment pas tout les questions dans le quiz. Aujourd'hui je repeté le quiz et obtenir 100% mais il y ne indiquer pas le résultat récent. Pouvez-vous m'aidez s'il vous plait? joyce ---------------...

2 replies - Last post by jmoi - August 21, 2009

word for fluent

What would be the better/correct way of saying: "I'm not fluent in French." - "Je ne parle pas couramment le français" ou - "Je ne parle pas avec aisance le français" (Obviously I'm not fluent, or I wouldn't be asking.) ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 17, 2009

Un Mot

Salut, je veux savoir quelque chose, que sont toutes les définitions pour le mot "Sens" And did all of that make sense

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - May 11, 2009

the ipa symbol ?

I found this ipa symbol ? in my French dictionary in the word tuer how do I pronounce this symbol and the words tuer, tue ,tues,and tuez?

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - May 3, 2009

the english 'of' in french

It was mentioned to me the other night that there is no equivalent for 'of' in french. However I thought that 'de' translated to 'of'. Any thoughts? Hew

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - March 5, 2009

The word Car

does "Car" mean because [cause] well in most situations i have heard that word it sounds like bacause EXAMPLE: Car au fond de moi même

3 replies - Last post by (deleted) - October 19, 2008

there was and there will be?

what's the word for there was I already know il y a but I don't know how to say there was and there will be

4 replies - Last post by (deleted) - December 27, 2008

Are there prefixes in French

Are there prefixes in french like; retake remake, pretest or do they just say to take again, make again, and does recherche mean the same as cherche

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - December 17, 2008

assez

what is assez is it enough or kind?

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - December 5, 2008

Je regrette ; Je suis désolé

What is the difence between je regrette and je suis désolé and which one is more convinient

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - October 4, 2008

Advanced Lesson 6.2: Préparation pour un nouveau travail

It looks like there is some missing dialogue from Advanced Lesson 6.2. "Preparation pour un nouveau travail. Eric's second to last sentence starts with "Autant que je peux l’être ..... " But the rest of his sentence does not appear in th...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - May 25, 2008

Puis and Ensuite

What is the different between the words "Ensuite" and "Puis" they both mean "Then", right? In what context would one use both of these words? Thanks

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - March 5, 2008

Audio lesson 4.2--Idiot?

At the end of audio lesson 4.2, Paul uses a phrase which he translates as "you stupid twit,' ending in "_idiot_" (m) or "_idoite_" (f) in French. I cannot figure out what the first words in that phase are. They sound like "...

2 replies - Last post by Richard-C - February 26, 2008

Un billet ou un ticket

In audio lesson 3.3 the word 'un ticket' is used. However, previous lessons used the word 'un billet'. Is there a difference between these words, or is lesson 3.3 just using an anglisied word? instead of the traditional french word.

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - January 18, 2008

Audio Lesson 3-1 Kilometers/hour

It seems to me that when Claire says km/hr in French, she leaves out the "per" and just says "kilometre-heure". Am I hearing her correctly? Is this colloquial to leave out the "per"?

1 reply - Last post by Richard-C - January 31, 2008

Lesson Plan 8 - Where am I?

I would like some clarification on these three similar words, please En haut = At the top Par dessus = On top of Sur = On/Over Are the words 'par dessus' and 'sur' interchangeable ? Can they be used in the same situation. For example, could...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - January 30, 2008

Audio Lesson 3.1 'Waouh' vs 'Oh la la'

In Audio Lesson #3 Claire states: "Ouais, je la vois. Waouh, elle va trop vite!" This sentence made me think of a couple of questions. 1. Why did Claire say "Ouais" instead of "Oui"? 2. Why did Claire say "Waou...

1 reply - Last post by (deleted) - January 16, 2008

Ordering meat

Hi, I'm enjoying the course. Hard to learn a new language at my tender age but seeing that I'm planning to move to Canada in the next 12 to 18 months, most definitely worth the effort. Myself and a friend is going to France for a couple of days nex...

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - October 5, 2007

Un morceau et un bout

Hi there, In Lesson Plan 2, we are taught that both _Un morceau_ and _un bout_ mean 'a piece' in English. So, does it mean that they can be used interchangeably? To be more specific, can I say _Un bout de fromage_ and _Un morceau de pain_? Thanks, ...

3 replies - Last post by mapyli - June 20, 2007

Mon Chou?

Hi there, I have just started to learn French with Rocket French and I enjoy it a lot. But I do have a question as I am a little bit confused. I have met a very nice girl when I was in France over christmas and we are still writing each other emails . In...

2 replies - Last post by (deleted) - March 22, 2007

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