I would like to know the correct way to translate "to make one + verb". In this case, "make" is to compel or make someone feel compelled to do something.

Like the case:
What made you want/feel like learning other languages?

Would it be:

  • Qu'est-ce qui t'a rendu envie d'apprendre d'autres langues?
  • According to this, make followed by verb is 'faire'; however, I am not sure.

    Although the person I was speaking to seemed to understand me, and answered with the correct answer, yet he never corrected me.

    • The link is broken
      – jlliagre
      Jan 7 '16 at 1:31
    • I will try to fix it, my apologies! Jan 7 '16 at 2:17
    • @jlliagre I have fixed the link for future reference, for you've answered my question! Jan 7 '16 at 2:37

    Here are possible ways to say it:

    Qu'est-ce qui t'a incité à apprendre d'autres langues ?

    Qu'est-ce qui t'a donné envie d'apprendre d'autres langues ?

    • Also: "Qu'est-ce qui t'a donné le goût d'apprendre d'autres langues?", "D'où te vient l'envie (le goût) d'apprendre d'autres langues?" Jan 7 '16 at 1:35
    • I like the 2nd option! Thanks so much!!! Jan 7 '16 at 2:17
    • I didn't even think of that option thanks so much! Jan 7 '16 at 2:34
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      To be more litteral, you could use "Qu'est-ce qui t'a fait avoir envie d'apprendre d'autres langues". The only problem is that "fait avoir envie d'apprendre" makes 3 verbs (4 with auxiliary) very close, so a bit heavy... In an other context, you would use "faire" this way
      – Random
      Jan 7 '16 at 8:27

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