I have only studied French for a few weeks. I am writing a few sentences about my sister. Would you understand what I want to relay and does it make sense or is there some other way (better way) to formulate the sentence?

On her free time she likes skiing, travelling and cars which are fast.

Sur son temps libre, elle adore skier, voyager et conduire des voiture rapides.

  • I have the same problem in english than in french, "fast cars" is not a verb, whereas "ski and travel" are. I think the problem comes from you enumeration, which should be "to ski, to travel, and fast cars", otherwise, we read "to (ski + travel + fast cars)" where "to" is implied in every term...
    – Random
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:32
  • "[Durant/Pendant/Lors de/Sur] son temps libre" is the closest translation I can think of. "À ses heures perdues" could also fit.
    – Aaron
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:42
  • What about: "...faire du voyage et conduire des voiture rapides"?
    – Eva
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:46
  • I tried to explain in an answer, which is my very first here on French SE. Welcome here ! :) Sep 26, 2016 at 9:47
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    @Random. The English sentence is botched because I start with Swedish, use English to communicate with you to be able to learn French. thanks for pointing that out. :)
    – Eva
    Sep 26, 2016 at 10:00

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There is a slight difference in your sentence between what you mean and what you write. Unfortunately, this is an important one. When you say:

On her free time she likes to ski, travel and fast cars.

We can translate that, literraly, in:

Pendant son temps libre elle aime skier, voyager, et les voitures rapides.

Which translate back in English to:

On her free time she likes skiing, travelling and cars which are fast.

In French, a lot of verbs can be used without particles. For example, "faire du ski" refers as "skier", while "faire du voyager" refers as "voyager". Fast is not a verb in French, not as intended here (I guess), but an adjective, used to describe something. A fast car is a car which is fast.

In English (thanks @Aaron), fast as a verb means "to not eat for a certain period of time", and refers in French as "Jeûner". (Ramadan, for example).

(I feel you, when learning english earlier I had a rough time figuring out "a red car", which is "une voiture rouge" (a car red) in French).

If you want to say she likes driving fast cars during her free time, you could say:

In her free time she likes skiing, travelling, and driving fast cars.

Which translates to:

[Pendant / Durant / Lors de] son temps libre, elle adore skier, voyager, et conduire des voitures rapides.

  • I feel "faire du voyage" very strange, don't you ? Also, what do you mean by "I feel you" ?
    – Random
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:49
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    "Faire du voyage" was OP's translation. And by "I feel you", I mean I'm understanding what she feels, struggling about adjectives. I thought it was an english expression, heard it a couple of times. Sep 26, 2016 at 9:51
  • Ah ? I've never heard it this way, but if you do, I believe you ! :)
    – Random
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:53
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    Note that while "fast" indeed can be a verb in English, it does not have anything to do with speed : it translates to "jeûner". Either the verb was missing from the original sentence, or it was meant to be understood as an adjective (i.e. "On her free time she likes [...] fast cars"), which is awkward too.
    – Aaron
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:55
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    +1 primarily for your good answer to the actual question but also for noting in the last English translation that "IN her free/spare time" (especially at the beginning of a sentence) is much more idiomatic than "ON her free/spare time.".... Re "I feel you," although it's certainly used just as you have used it (to express understanding sympathy/empathy), "I feel your pain" or "I hear you" are probably used more often to express that sentiment.
    – Papa Poule
    Sep 26, 2016 at 13:36

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