Quel means “which”, but in some cases, you can also translate it as “what”.
Quel est ton animal préféré ?
means: “What is your favorite animal?”.
On this question you have to answer which animal you like most.
(Yeah, I know, it can also be “what your favorite animal is”, but you can say “which” here!)
Que is most used for asking questions like: “What do you eat?”
Que manges-tu ?
is translated as: “What are you eating?”
What you have to answer is what you are eating.
Que can only be used in the following forms of questions:
- “est-ce que” (Qu’est-ce que vous dites?)
- inversion (Que dites-vous?)
and not in questions with intonation! Then que will be replaced with quoi:
Tu manges quoi ?
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