She is lucky - elle est chanceuse.

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Almut

Kwiziq community member

2 April 2018

8 replies

She is lucky - elle est chanceuse.

"Elle est chanceuse" should be accepted too. The second link provided by Ron (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french/lucky) event lists "chanceux" as translation of "lucky".

This question relates to:
French lesson "Avoir raison / tort / de la chance = To be right / wrong / lucky"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 April 2018

2/04/18

Hi Almut,

Often times there are multiple correct ways to answer each question in kwiziq. However, as the lessons are designed to train a particular aspect of grammar or style, it isn't really helpful to search for alternative answers which have little to do with the lesson at hand.

In the example you provide, the lessons aimes (among other things) to train the use of "avoir de la chance". Hence a construction using this phrase is sought as the correct answer.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Almut

Kwiziq community member

3 April 2018

3/04/18

I encountered this sentence in a test and had no way of seeing a connection to a particular lesson. As long as they are not downright wrong all possible answers should be accepted. Otherwise I would have to learn answers by heart and would only learn "kwiziq-French" and not real French.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

4/04/18

I understand your frustration when, after giving a well considered and perfectly correct answer, it is marked as incorrect. Believe me, I've "been there, done that". It would, however, be nigh impossible to write a program which is smart enough to recognize all possible correct ways to answer a question. When I was marked incorrect, I read the corresponding lesson and learned what kwiziq was trying to teach me. Next time around knew what they were after.

-- Chris.

Almut

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2018

4/04/18

Well actually, I would not expect "a program which is smart enough to recognize all possible correct ways to answer a question" but rather I would expect Kwiziq to have *people* smart enough to recoginze correct answers and to feed a database from which the program checks the replies that users give in tests. This is actually the reason why I reported this issue - in hope it would be fed to the database. Otherwise we are backt to my point of learning "kwiziq-French" instead of real French.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2018

11/04/18

I am coming at this from a different angle, Almut. You are not learning "kwiziq-French" but you are using kwiziq to focus on learning specific aspects of French. By breaking language learning down into managable, bite-sized tasks which can be learned and tested for in a comparatively short amount of time, you speed up your progress overall.

Of course, besides going through lessons and tests, one needs to read, listen to and speak French as well. And this is where all possible nuances of expressions and a feeling for their proper uses is acquired. Not during the tests, which are geared toward teaching specific grammatical topics. The kwiziq team acknowledges this by offering reading and listening opportunities as well.

-- Chris.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 April 2018

20/04/18

Hi Almut,

If I can just interject here, I have never heard anyone in France using the expression 'être chanceux' for 'to be lucky' . You will hear 'avoir de la chance' or 'avoir de la veine' (which is slang) .

I suspect 'être chanceux/chanceuse' might be the expression our French Canadian friends favour...

Hope this helps!

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

24 September 2018

24/09/18

If I may suggest a sentence here, it would be "Almut a toujours raison!"

Almut

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2018

25/09/18

If only your were rigth, Stuart - if that's your real name... ;-)

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