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I've just quit a lesson for the first time

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I had a UK translation "Teuer" - "dear" not accepted. This is a synonym for expensive, and I often use it when I'm typing, as it is quicker. I then kept getting the same question repeated time and time again, and decided not to choose the preferred Duolingo word, and kept reporting instead, just to see what would happen. (usually, I just change to expensive, it's not really a big deal) It repeated the same sentence seven times, at which point I quit. I've never had the same question repeated in a row like this.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/skuggstralar
skuggstralar
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My problem usually lies with words for "mom" and "dinner" ("mam" and "tea" for me, respectively). It actually takes quite a bit of concentration not to use them and if I do, and the answers are invariably marked as wrong, I usually throw a little tantrum and come back to the lesson later. xD Hooray for using nonstandard spelling- or word-variants!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maltu
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these would be the same for me, but I usually remember to double-translate them. I'm hoping that when Welsh comes on, given the likely origins of the contributors, we'll get these as the first translation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skuggstralar
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I hope so! I'd be a little disappointed if "mam" wasn't accepted as a translation of "mam", haha.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

Hello. Yes, I think it said you were wrong because you used a synonym instead of the actually word. I know it's kind of wired, but you can always retake the lesson. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maltu
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Thanks, Kaitly, yes, I know that I can retake the lesson, I was just throwing my toys out of the pram as we say here. (having a little tantrum) Teuer to dear feels a better translation to me, the words look as though they come from the same root. The word "expensive" , although meaning the same, seems to have a different origin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

So you're from the UK? I love your expressions! (Well, I only know the ones from England. But I think English people are awesome! Not that people from the other countries in the UK aren't!) In America we just say stuff like, That's wicked! Which is weird if you think about, because that technically means that something is bad, but with us it would mean it's cool/awesome/exciting. We also use the word sick the same way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maltu
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I think young people here use those terms too, or they did quite recently. I'm actually Welsh, and not English, but thanks for your comment, it's all helping me to regain perspective.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaitlynV.Ellis

Thanks, maltu. I'm about %30 Welsh, I get from my Father's side of the family. My heritage is mostly English though, because I get from both sides of the family. (I'm from America though.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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I've had a sentence come up six times in a row despite answering correct each and every time, so it might just have been a coincidence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Reports are processed manually, so there's no point in reporting the same word multiple times -- it's not automatic and will just clutter up the pile of reports they have to deal with.

I've heard that at least one team aims to process reports once a week in a big batch, so even if it gets accepted as an alternative, it's not immediate.

2 years ago