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tommyzDad

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I don't recall if it's in Session 9 or 10 of French Level 2, but in the Flashcards the sentence is "They went to the stadium to see the soccer game." From one of the previous Sessions (I wish I could remember which one) I recalled "pour" being used with the verb, so, I used "Ils sont alles au stade pour voir le match de football." While I do get the sentence "correct", i.e. green text, the confirmation sentence reads "Ils sont alles au stade voir le match de football." Are both correct in spoken French?

I don't recall if it's in Session 9 or 10 of French Level 2, but in the Flashcards the sentence is "They went to the stadium to see the soccer game." From one of the previous Sessions (I wish I could remember which one) I recalled "pour" being used with the verb, so, I used "Ils sont alles au stade pour voir le match de football."

While I do get the sentence "correct", i.e. green text, the confirmation sentence reads "Ils sont alles au stade voir le match de football." Are both correct in spoken French?

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Fabrice
You can say "Elle a été ici parler avec vous“, but it sounds a bit weird, so maybe there is a grammatical rule that i'm not aware of.

You can say "Elle a été ici parler avec vous“, but it sounds a bit weird, so maybe there is a grammatical rule that i'm not aware of.

James Putney
I think in Fabrice's last example, it would definitely require "pour" because purpose is clearly implied. The ambiguity comes with "aller" which often has an implied "to." This is especially true when used to imply the future, for example, I am going to do it, "Je vais le faire." Also, "I went to see a movie" probably "Je suis alle voir un film" but "I went to Paris to see a movie" probably "Je suis alle a Paris pour voir un film." i.e., seeing the film was the purpose of going to Paris.

I think in Fabrice's last example, it would definitely require "pour" because purpose is clearly implied. The ambiguity comes with "aller" which often has an implied "to." This is especially true when used to imply the future, for example, I am going to do it, "Je vais le faire." Also, "I went to see a movie" probably "Je suis alle voir un film" but "I went to Paris to see a movie" probably "Je suis alle a Paris pour voir un film." i.e., seeing the film was the purpose of going to Paris.

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Match the Phrase: One phrase is "Yesterday, we went to see her new house." "Hier, nous sommes alles VOIR sa vouvelle maison." But for the phrase, "He went to Canada to see his family," it's "Il est alle au Canada POUR VOIR sa famille." Why the difference? Voir is "to see" correct? "Nous sommes alles VOIR" = "We went TO SEE". Then shouldn't the second phrase be structured similarly? "Il est alle au Canada pour VOIR" in my mind means "He went to Canada to TO SEE..."

Match the Phrase: One phrase is "Yesterday, we went to see her new house." "Hier, nous sommes alles VOIR sa vouvelle maison." But for the phrase, "He went to Canada to see his family," it's "Il est alle au Canada POUR VOIR sa famille."

Why the difference? Voir is "to see" correct?

"Nous sommes alles VOIR" = "We went TO SEE".

Then shouldn't the second phrase be structured similarly?

"Il est alle au Canada pour VOIR" in my mind means "He went to Canada to TO SEE..."

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tommyzDad
I think I see it now: In the first instance, it is literally "...we went to see ...."; in the second, it's "He went to Canada to [for the purpose of seeing] see his family. Correct?

I think I see it now: In the first instance, it is literally "...we went to see ...."; in the second, it's "He went to Canada to [for the purpose of seeing] see his family. Correct?

FluenzLab
That's spot on! What we are really saying in this sentence is: He went to Canada (for the purpose of or in order) to see his family. Great explanation, thank you James.

That's spot on! What we are really saying in this sentence is: He went to Canada (for the purpose of or in order) to see his family. Great explanation, thank you James.

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French 1, Session 19. Once again, another verb has been introduced (acheter, to buy), but there is no explanation / breakdown of pronunciation of it by Sonia.

French 1, Session 19.
Once again, another verb has been introduced (acheter, to buy), but there is no explanation / breakdown of pronunciation of it by Sonia.

Eric T.
Although Sonia doesn't explain it, there is a native speaker who pronounces the word in the first exercise. She says it slowly and you can hit the button to hear it over and over. It's a little like AH - SH - TAY. You will sometimes hear it pronounced fully with three syllables, and other times hear it as two syllables when it is spoken quickly.

Although Sonia doesn't explain it, there is a native speaker who pronounces the word in the first exercise. She says it slowly and you can hit the button to hear it over and over. It's a little like AH - SH - TAY. You will sometimes hear it pronounced fully with three syllables, and other times hear it as two syllables when it is spoken quickly.

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Just a heads-up: French 1, Session 17, at the end of the conversation the sales lady says only "Desolee"; she does not say "Il n'y a pas". But when Sonia breaks down the conversation, it's mentioned.

Just a heads-up: French 1, Session 17, at the end of the conversation the sales lady says only "Desolee"; she does not say "Il n'y a pas". But when Sonia breaks down the conversation, it's mentioned.

andy@fluenz
Thanks for reporting!

Thanks for reporting!

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In the example dialogue, the text reads "Je veux aller à cette adresse", but I really think she's saying "Je vais aller à cette adresse". Is anyone else hearing that as well?

In the example dialogue, the text reads "Je veux aller à cette adresse", but I really think she's saying "Je vais aller à cette adresse". Is anyone else hearing that as well?

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Eric T.
@ tommyzDad - You're welcome. I'm sure you are doing fine at this stage. Trust me, one day in the not too distant future if you decide to go back and listen, you'll definitely hear 'veux'.

@ tommyzDad - You're welcome. I'm sure you are doing fine at this stage. Trust me, one day in the not too distant future if you decide to go back and listen, you'll definitely hear 'veux'.

Lancent
I listened several times: sounds like "vais".

I listened several times: sounds like "vais".

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Are "à" and "dans" interchangeable? In Lesson 06 I learned that "à" is "at", e.g. "Elle est à l'hôtel". And then in a later in French 1 Podcast 04, "dans" is used, e.g. "Elle va rester dans cet l'hôtel". But there was no explanation as to why the "dans" was used instead of "à". Are both completely interchangeable when one wants to say "at"?

Are "à" and "dans" interchangeable?
In Lesson 06 I learned that "à" is "at", e.g. "Elle est à l'hôtel". And then in a later in French 1 Podcast 04, "dans" is used, e.g. "Elle va rester dans cet l'hôtel". But there was no explanation as to why the "dans" was used instead of "à". Are both completely interchangeable when one wants to say "at"?

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Mike W
à in this context is generally translated to English as "at", as you recognize. Dans in this context is translated to English as "in" So in English the two phrases translate as She is at the hotel and She is going to stay in that hotel.

à in this context is generally translated to English as "at", as you recognize. Dans in this context is translated to English as "in" So in English the two phrases translate as She is at the hotel and She is going to stay in that hotel.

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Salut, les gars! I'm curious to know how the Flashcards "know" I've answered incorrectly. I just completed the cards for Session 3, and among the ones I answered incorrectly were questions which did not require typing. I did click the down arrow, to reveal the answer, for a few of them, so that may account for some of the "wrong" answers, but the rest I responded to verbally, then clicked the right-arrow.

Salut, les gars!

I'm curious to know how the Flashcards "know" I've answered incorrectly. I just completed the cards for Session 3, and among the ones I answered incorrectly were questions which did not require typing. I did click the down arrow, to reveal the answer, for a few of them, so that may account for some of the "wrong" answers, but the rest I responded to verbally, then clicked the right-arrow.

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