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I'm almost at the end of Fluenz French 4 and am a little surprised that "inverted" form of asking a question hasn't been introduced yet. I'm wondering if it is ever taught because other language programs taught me to "invert" to make it easier to ask a questions in french. as an example could someone ask, "Pouvez vous me dire où c'est?" I think Fluenz would likely use the "statement question" version, something like "vous pouvez me dire où c'est?" Just curious if it gets introduced! Love the program!

I'm almost at the end of Fluenz French 4 and am a little surprised that "inverted" form of asking a question hasn't been introduced yet. I'm wondering if it is ever taught because other language programs taught me to "invert" to make it easier to ask a questions in french. as an example could someone ask, "Pouvez vous me dire où c'est?" I think Fluenz would likely use the "statement question" version, something like "vous pouvez me dire où c'est?"

Just curious if it gets introduced! Love the program!

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andy@fluenz
It was a conscious decision not to introduce the inverted questions in the first few levels. The inverted-type question structure is perfectly correct, but nowadays it's seldom used orally. It's mostly used in written language, or in very formal contexts. We emphasize using the est-ce que in the first level mainly to make sure that you are understood when you speak. Starting out in French one is bound to have an accent, and when speaking, probably some hesitation. By using est-ce que you ensure that the person listening knows right away that you are asking a question even if you don't get the intonation right. As the levels progress, we introduce asking questions without the est-ce que.I hope this clears up things a bit.

It was a conscious decision not to introduce the inverted questions in the first few levels. The inverted-type question structure is perfectly correct, but nowadays it's seldom used orally. It's mostly used in written language, or in very formal contexts. We emphasize using the est-ce que in the first level mainly to make sure that you are understood when you speak. Starting out in French one is bound to have an accent, and when speaking, probably some hesitation. By using est-ce que you ensure that the person listening knows right away that you are asking a question even if you don't get the intonation right. As the levels progress, we introduce asking questions without the est-ce que.I hope this clears up things a bit.

FluenzFrenchUser
Thank you! This totally answers my question and I appreciate it :) I think I just got really used to the "inverted form" and I used it in the past with my french speaking friends a lot (they knew I was a beginner), so it was hard for me to adjust. Makes sense though, thank you so much!

Thank you! This totally answers my question and I appreciate it :) I think I just got really used to the "inverted form" and I used it in the past with my french speaking friends a lot (they knew I was a beginner), so it was hard for me to adjust. Makes sense though, thank you so much!

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