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8 February 2019
Before the exercise I put the vocab given into Google Translate if I don't know them. I didn't know "des jumelles" and it comes back "binoculars." Larousse also says that les jumelles are an optical instrument. However, since that made no sense, I put the whole phrase into Google Translate and it came back "the twins are twelve" -- which of course makes sense. But for a beginner it was very confusing not to find the definition of "twins" for this word I didn't know. Is it colloquial for jumelles to mean twins?
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This question relates to:French dictation exercise "Quel âge as-tu ? (A1)"
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Bonjour Stuart !
I'm really surprised that "jumelles" didn't also come up as "twins" straight away, as it is indeed very common, the masculine form being "des jumeaux".
If I may, I'd recommend not to use Google Translate as it is not a complete dictionary, and can occasionally miss quite obvious meanings ;)I personally tend to use Reverso online :)
Bonne journée !
I agree that giving the plural in the vocabulary list could lead to confusion :)I've now updated it to say "un jumeau/une jumelle"
Bonne journée !
Thank you -- that is helpful.
What do you recommend for looking up. Why not just supply the translations as it is busy work.
31 March 2019
Collins dictionary also translated to binoculars.
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