Les livres étalent leur savoir devant l'agenda et le répertoire

ChristopherC1Kwiziq community member

Les livres étalent leur savoir devant l'agenda et le répertoire

Hi,

Can someone please explain what this means? Although I have known French for decades, it really didn't seem to make any sense. To be honest, I am very surprised this is level A1, as even I struggled with it and I got really confused when trying to complete the dictation, especially with this sentence.

Thanks

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi everyone, 

I believe the level of this dictation is under discussion but just a language point here -

étaler son savoir = to show off one's knowledge 

A little saying using 'étaler' in this way for you -

La culture c'est comme la confiture, moins on en a,  plus on l'étale Culture is like jam , the less one has, the more one spreads it 

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Les livres étalent leur savoir devant l'agenda et le répertoire. -- The books display their knowledge vis-a-vis the agenda and the directory.

I found the grammar quite simple and applicable to A1. It is maybe the point of view from which this exercise is told that might throw someone off at first.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I don't think it is the grammar that is too hard, but that the 'story' is basically «n'importe quoi» - even when you understand the English words, the 'events' are 'nonsensical' in a funny, silly sort of way that kids might find amusing but I think is harder for adults to follow. 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, that's what I meant by "point of view". A beginner might question his understanding.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Agree Chris. That’s how I felt when I did it, way back when.

Les livres étalent leur savoir devant l'agenda et le répertoire

Hi,

Can someone please explain what this means? Although I have known French for decades, it really didn't seem to make any sense. To be honest, I am very surprised this is level A1, as even I struggled with it and I got really confused when trying to complete the dictation, especially with this sentence.

Thanks

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