Mani wrote:Ketutar wrote:I bet you are all so fed up with me
I actually enjoy reading about how enthusiastically you embrace the task of learning languages, especially French.
Oh, thank you!
Mani wrote:Ketutar wrote: Yesterday I learned the difference of un an and une année. You know "soiree"? The fancy word for supper or "evening party"? Or matinée - the fancy word for morning movie time? That is when you take a period of time and make an event of it. -ée. So un an is a year, period of time, and une année is the year as an event.
The above part of your log caught my eye because I remember that I had difficulties with this difference, too and I think it's not quite as you've understood it ... an/jour/matin/soir are the words for the (for a lack of a better word) "time unit" they represent while année/journée/matinée/soirée describe the duration or lenght of this "time unit".
So you'd say:
Il a 3 ans.
L'année dernière, je suis allée en Belgique 3 fois.
Hier soir j'ai vu ma copine. On a joué aux cartes toute la soirée.
I'm not very good at explaining but I hope you can see what I mean.
Thank you, I think I understand what you mean.
But - maybe I don't. I suppose it stays to be seen if I have understood it if I use the words correctly... at the moment I get it mostly right, so I have understood SOMETHING
Maybe it is a thing that must be learned by practice and examples, and cannot be explained well.
This is sort of my January, I got inspired to get back on languages during my vacation in Finland [I found an old "book of all knowledge", (written back at 60s when people still were into things like that... now they know one cannot really know everything ) and there were some language lessons in that book. Latin, Greek, French, German and Spanish. Perhaps also Italian and Swedish. Not sure.] and I'm full of enthusiasm and I'm glad it shows.
I hope I cam help some others to ignite the flame again and get enthusiastic about learning French, if they have got bored with it by now. After all, it's almost August, so the year is almost over.
But on the other hand, the Celts and the Hebrews divided the year into two, so this IS sort of the second January