Feb 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM
Feb 09, 2018 - 03:05 AM
It was a conscious decision not to introduce the inverted questions in the first few levels. The inverted-type question structure is perfectly correct, but nowadays it's seldom used orally. It's mostly used in written language, or in very formal contexts. We emphasize using the est-ce que in the first level mainly to make sure that you are understood when you speak. Starting out in French one is bound to have an accent, and when speaking, probably some hesitation. By using est-ce que you ensure that the person listening knows right away that you are asking a question even if you don't get the intonation right. As the levels progress, we introduce asking questions without the est-ce que.I hope this clears up things a bit.
Feb 10, 2018 - 09:24 PM
Thank you! This totally answers my question and I appreciate it :) I think I just got really used to the "inverted form" and I used it in the past with my french speaking friends a lot (they knew I was a beginner), so it was hard for me to adjust. Makes sense though, thank you so much!