"I am a boy."
Translation:Я - мальчик.
Beta error aside, you should use the Russian language Cyrillic keyboard. Most smartphones can switch between English and Russian with a single key (if enabled in the keyboard settings), same with a PC (mnemonic and Russian layout). Most situations where you'd use Russian won't use the ABC alphabet, but rather the Cyrillic one. It's a good habit to get into sooner rather than later.
i have the same error but i don't have a Cyrillic keyboard
or maybe I'm not cheeki breeki enough
The shape is a bit different. You can see it better here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Diverses_apostrophes.png But it still doesn't work with Duolingo anyway.
Could someone explain how малчик and мальчик are different in pronunciation, please?
Ь softens the preceding л as I understand it. So you pronounce ль as l with the tip of your tongue curvig up and touching the roof of your mouth. Малчик would be pronounced with the l similar to the English l.
It isn't necessary, but it's used sometimes to show that есть (be) was omitted. "Я мальчик" and "Я — мальчик" mean virtually the same thing; just make sure you don't pronounce the em-dash (there's no pause between я and мальчик).
Would recommend downloading Google keyboard app (Gboard). Very easy to swap between cyrillic and english keyboard, with one tap. Makes the learning much more beneficial as well!
FOUND THE TRICK!! do not put a comma in the word mal'chik! just put malchik as one word.
Thanks. That helped a lot.
My keyboard does NOT have the right letters/symbols to spell the words.
Correct answer should be "Я мальчик" but it makes me answer "Я парень" for some reason
"ya mal'tshik" - And this is why I do it hundreds of times... I clearly now it.. even the "ь".. but keep losing to the syntax