French distinguishes between direct (le/la/les) and indirect object pronouns (lui/leur). In English, this distinction is lost and both types of pronouns are (him/her/it/them). The giveaway that you're dealing with an indirect object is that you'll find a preposition preceding it.
Je mange la pomme -- Je la mange. (I eat it)La pomme, and its pronoun la, are of the direct object version.
Je parle à Ella. -- Je lui parle. (I talk to her)À Ella, and the corresponding indirect object pronoun lui, are rendered in English as "to her". The indication that it's an indirect object pronoun is the preposition à in French and "to" in English. Note, though, that the preposition is absent when using the pronoun (lui).
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