I would think that "Ich mag Schule" means you like school in general, as opposed to liking 'the' school that you are talking about. Although, I'm not sure that would even been a proper phrase in German.
"Ich mag lerne" would probably cover the same concept.
"Ich mag (das) Lernen" or "Ich mag es zu lernen" or "Ich lerne gern" or "Mir gefällt das Lernen (gut)" or "Mir gefällt es (sehr) zu lernen"
"Ich mag lerne" is wrong, because both "mag" and "lerne" are already conjugated. "Mögen"/"ich mag"/"du magst" etc. is always followed by an infinitive.
But in the tips and notes of the lessons, duo teached us that «mag» goes with nouns, while «gern» goes with verbs in infinitive. The own Mizinamo tells the same thing on this chat.
Now, you state that «mag» goes always with an infinitive, which is really confusing to those who are studying German from zero (as it is my case).
Perhaps is it that we have been given the general basic rule but there are special contexts where «mag + infinitive» could be welcomed ? Contexts that we will learn little by little throughout other lessons?) Or is it simply, a mistake?.
Please, do not think that I am claiming. I am so grateful for your helping. Truly.
It is only to remind that some begginners could easily get absolutly puzzled when helpers seem to say opposite things... but they do not argue about.
Sorry for my english!
Why is the correct answer "I like school" and not "I like THE school" since the speaker uses the definite article?
I came to the discussion to find out why "ich mag DIE Schule" is "I like school", but there was no answer to this. Can anyone help out here? Is "die Schule" just an oddity that has to have an article with it? Thanks in advance for any light you can shine on this for me!
@Gail616867 I saw the exact same. I too would like to know! I asked this question (similar) but got 0 responses, I hope your question does better than mine.
Ich mag diese Schule (If you are close, point or show a picture). Or you can say ''Ich mag diese Schule : (insert School)
I thought it would mean i like THE school (as in a person choosing which school to go to). Anyone tell me why it's not?
Hi Astowah, Gail61687 is right. None of the mods want to answer this question. Maybe they feel it has been adequately answered already, if that's the case they're wrong. I know I still have the same question and the answer would be greatly appreciated!
I hope YOU get an answer to this. Several of us have been asking the same question, over and over and all we get is silence.
It's a little tricky, I think. In English, you say "I like school" if you like school in general, and "I like the school" if you like one specific school (correct me if I'm wrong). In German, "Ich mag die Schule" can mean both, but you can also say "Ich mag Schule" (though it sounds rather colloquial), which also means the person speaking likes school in general.
As a German native speaker, I find it a little odd, too. The pragmatics of using the definite article differ between German and English, of course, but both "Ich mag Schule" and "Ich mag die Schule" are grammatical utterances.
As in some of the comments below, I am inclined to think that without the article, it implies "I like going to school" in German just as it does in English. With the article, my first instinct is to interpret it as a preference for certain institution (or even just the building which appeals architecture-wise, maybe).
This is perfect, really clears up a lot of questions! Thanks linguistkris, einige Lingots für dich!
"Meine nicht" is fine -- it actually is even better in this context as it puts "meine" in focus and so marks a stronger contrast to "Meine Schule is toll."
Yes, I am a german native speaker doing the reverse course and the man really says "Ich mag die Schul'n.", which would mean "I like the schools."(plural!). I already sent a report.
I don't get it. Is "Ich mag Schule" wrong? Does it mean something different? Thanks
Does this mean school as a building, or figuratively? If it means "I like the building" (because of how it looks, is designed etc), why isn't there a "the" in the English sentence? "I like school" is a general statement, pretty much meaning "I like going to school".
That guy's pronounciation is really messed up in general. He swallows entire sounds. Not even on slow pronounciation does anyone understand "schule". The L is missing from his pronounciation. You understand SCHUHE as in shoe or shoes. Please check this it is not the first time and is annoying already. The lady voice is ok but this one...
The pronunciation from word three is wrong. It must be "Schule" not Schulen.
So, the "die" is goes the way of the admins when no one want to answer the question from last year?
Re: "THE" missing from answer. I'm a native English speaker, so i can't address the German side of this question. Much like i would say, "i like nature", i would also say, "i like school", in both cases leaving out "the". If i said, "i like THE school", THE would indicate that i like a specific school. "I like school" indicates that i like/ enjoy going to school in general.
Sometimes the pronunciation is not clear: I am sure the female voice says "Schul-en" and not "schul-e", when in fact the correct answer is schule
How does one say in German, 'welcome to the list of people who have asked this question but have not received an answer'? :)
Mwalek, "Wilkommen auf der Liste von Leuten, die diese Frage schon gestellt aber noch keine Antwort bekommen haben." :)
Incidentally, I tried to answer the question a couple of weeks ago (see above, answering user astowah). It's not quite as clear-cut in German as it is in English (according to my native speaker intuition, which we all know can sometimes be misleading ;)). Including the definite article will give a tendency to mean a particular building or institution rather than the mere concept, but translating as "I like school" -like Duo wants us to do here- is certainly not wrong. Rather, it's one of those somewhat unfortunate Duolingo sentences that aren't as natural in the one language as they are in the other. sigh :)
Your speculation below regarding the demonstrative pronoun is spot-on though! In everyday speech, I presume that one wouldn't always take care to be quite so exact as that (instead using the "normal" definite article), but it's the correct and natural way to unambiguously state which school you like.
That's now officially my favorite German sentence :). Please take a couple of lingots.
I saw your reply to @astowah, and in addition to your comment above it addressed every question I had on this topic.
I feel like having these seemingly unimportant questions answered goes a long way as far as confidence is concerned.
Thanks too for endorsing my comment :).
Du bist toll!
Aww shucks! I don't think I've ever given anyone a favourite sentence before. And it's been quite a while that I've been called toll, so thank you very much for officially making my day! I'd give you those lingots right back, but feel that that would defeat the purpose. I'll follow you instead and make sure that I keep answering those questions. :)
On a slightly more serious note. It seems to me that in German, this would be: 'Ich mag diese Schule'. For example, what we would simply refer to as 'March' in English often gets a definite article in German ( Der März = March), I'm guessing it's the same here (Die Schule = School). So assuming this is correct, diese can mean the/this/that. I'm also only guessing, I have the same question as you, no one has been kind (brave) enough to answer ;). Natives, accept the challenge?
But in English, "I like school" is shorthand for "I like going to school". It implies liking an activity, not an object.
i like the school and I like school are both given as correct but do not mean exactly the same in English ( British)
How does Duo differentiate between "I like (going to) school" as a general concept and "I like the/this( a particular ) school"? The concepts are somewhat different in English ( the British form thereof; don't speak American)
The concepts are different in American English also. Too bad nobody from Duo answers this.
That’s because this is a discussion forum. It doesn’t go to the admins directly, you know.