"Это Америка или Канада?"

Translation:Is this America or Canada?

November 4, 2015

271 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/travkaB

Same thing my grandma asked when visiting me in New York...

November 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FloresHVA

Lol

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agelastos

If most airport employees speak spanish then you are not in Canada.

March 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LgDN11

Yeah, you're in Mexico!

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

For the benefit of the American down voters. If you travel as a tourist in America, most of the service staff in hotels and airports speak Spanish.

I did a repeat trip with a twenty year gap down the West coast of America staying in the same hotels and eating at the same restaurants after going through the same airports.

The difference was amazing. The amount of Spanish spoken and the number of service staff who couldn't speak any English at all was easily observed. I don't consider it a problem but it is a noticeable fact. While there are many languages spoken in comparable Canadian locations, Spanish is definitely not one of them.

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fraspig

:D canadian policemen are tougher ;)

April 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grey_tabibito

In Wisconsin we wonder that all the time.

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kokiri85

And in Minnesota, too.

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ubermec

actually, that is wrong. Canada is a part of america

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fintanfrex

The continent, not the United States of America, if you mean that.

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mapadebits

For most of american people (and I mean the ones who live actually in the whole continent, not just in the States) american means from this continent.

May 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariano-M

Ya lo decía José Martí : cree el aldeano vanidoso que el mundo entero es su aldea...

May 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AyrtonSmith

In english, we use "people of the Americas" for North and south Americans. Other than that, we use north Americans (Americans, Mexicans, and Canadians), central Americans (south of Mexico to Panama), and south Americans. All of which are "people of the Americas."

America-US

Americas-new world

May 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zarainia

This is why I call citizens of the US usians.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanNelson126

If you say you are an america you are saying you are from the U.S. I understand that Canada and Mexico are part of the Americas but I have never heard a true Canadian or Mexican say there are American.

December 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Winston298006

Latin Americans get triggered by this topic, but the fact is that Spanish is not English or Russian, etc., and (outside of Latin America) "America" often means the United States. It's not wrong at all, and as if this were necessary for justification, we can see that Americans (which we all know tends to mean people of the U.S.) are not alone in referring to their country as "America." Furthermore, Americans don't necessarily often refer to their country by this name, as there are also "the States," "USA," etc.

In fact, in English (certainly in the U.S.), and reasonably so, North and South America are considered TWO continents, sometimes called "the Americas." So there is hardly a conflict within English, but there is this unnecessary and unresolvable conflict between native English speakers and Latin Americans.

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yadwinder_gadari

Not for every country outside South America.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouGevorkian

America aka the Americas is actually north and south america under a name that unite both.

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

I never heard a Canadian refer to himself as American. They have always told me they are Canadian. The country just south of them is named America. By the way, the name of the continent is North America.

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ubermec

yes

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FernandoMo204958

The country is United States not América, América is the continent.

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

FernandoMo204958

No. The continent is North America in English. If you are describing your location or origin by continent, then you use that term.

No native English speaking American or Canadian thinks of American as referring equally to Mexico, Canada and ....wait for it ...America.

In fact, many Canadians and Americans are surprised to see Mexico included as part of the North American continent. They don't dispute it but are a little surprised when the notion is presented to them. Their reaction is along the lines of....oh yeah, I guess that's right....

The closer you live to the Arctic circle, the more detached Mexico seems from the concept of North America. But even they understand a definition is a definition even if it seems improbable at first glance.

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrynautilus

ХД

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeteWater

I'm from Canada and it is very different from the US

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richarizar

The 51sts state

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouGevorkian

The question is actually asking if its the entire america or canada only. Its not because one is part of the other mean you can ask this question. You point qt canada, ask if its america or canada, rven if its part of america, its just canada as america is more than canada.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FloresHVA

I wish that America will come Canada

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/triestenapoli

Eto Sparta!

January 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

Э - ТО ... СПАРТАААА !!!!

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kozjol

<kick>

May 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen791839

Дратуй

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrynautilus

ХД

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tastysquidgey

Is this a Hetalia reference?

January 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/edsheeran102

Probably..... Wait, who's Canada again?

May 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akunosama

You mean what. Gotta be accurate.

December 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaminah2018

Fellow Hetalians have been found ;v;

April 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristaFincher

America and Canada? I just see two Americas.

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abnosome

Hetalia fam high five

January 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adalheida

omg yes! i thought that too!

December 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yurai825961

Whoa. Another Hetalian.

September 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArtistyPen

nEE NEE PAPA

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kosmocherry

wAIN O KURETE, nEE NEE MAMA

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

Mukashi ni kureta wurusuto no.

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.C.Fink

What's Hetalia?

August 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrynautilus

An anime that personifies different countries in WW2

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kosmocherry

It's an addiction disguised as an anime

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/motherruss8650

I was looking for this comment

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlanColin_

America is the continent.

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stormwoken

Yet, when you say "Americans", you surely do not mean Canadians?

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/feyMorgaina

That depends. Spanish uses a different word for people from the United States - "estadounidense" (usually translated as "American" since English doesn't have a separate word for someone from the U.S.). I think "Americano" ("American") would likely include Canadians. Spanish also uses "norteamericano" ("North American"), which definitely includes Canadians.

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stormwoken

Thanks for the input! The same is true of other languages, as well, but I was referring to English in this particular case..

January 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan464967

Portuguese also uses a different word for people from US - "Estadunidenses"

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoFacchini

And "norte-americanos" as well.

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henrynautilus

I mean i could get technical and say "North Americans"

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bestoffriends10

NORTH America. Sheesh. I'm Canadian, and I would like to be recognized as a NORTH american. I'm not an American.

March 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

I don’t intend to be rude, but why do canadians don’t like to be called “americans”?

In my way of seeing it, the US people just took the name of the American Continent only for them over time, and using the political-economic power of the country, conviced many nations (including Canada) that “America” is a country, not a continent (or landmass/ supercontinent, whatever you want to call it).

So I see more like a submission to the USA a canadian who thinks “canadians are not americans” (because then he/she thinks that Canada is not in America, conviced by the USA that “America is a country, not a continent”) than a canadian who thinks “canadians are americans”, because when he/she says it, he/she is not saying that Canada is part of the USA, but that Canada is part of the American Continent, as the term “american” in English can be used to refer either to someone who lives in the USA (even though I complain about this usage, but I don’t want to get into this discussion right now) or to someone who lives in America (the continent).

While in Canada people are offended by being called “americans”, in Latin America people are offended by being called “non-americans”, or when the US people call their country “America”.

Sorry if I spelled something wrong, I am brazilian. And again, I am not intending to be rude :)

April 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

This whole argument is not taking into account that words have more than one meaning. When someone asks me my nationality, it is American. That just happens to be the name of the country I am a citizen of. It is also the only country named America. I know it is not the complete name, just like a British citizen may use only part of the name of his country when declaring his citizenship. (Or should he say, (I am United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ish.?) Many other countries have "Republic of" as part of their name, but a person from South Korea would not say, "I am Republic of Korean". (And I venture to say that a North Korean would not say, "I am Democratic People's Republic of Korean.)

Now, if we are not referring to citizenship, but to geographical area, then all of these other arguments that I have seen in this discussion apply. In that case, there a about two dozen countries that fit the description American, more if you include the island nations near the American Continents. In this case, the meaning is quite different than when we refer to nationality, and is similar to the use of European, Asian, African, or Eurasian. As a unique case, when one says he is Australian, he could be referring either to his citizenship, or the continent where he is from. (Incidentally, to Americans from outside the US refer to themselves as African-Americans?, or Black Americans?, or any other of the hyphenated Americans?, or is that just a "United States of American" thing?)

I dare say that this discussion has generated so much passion due to deep seated resentment of the US, and that it actually has nothing to do with linguistics. For me, my use of the word American has nothing to do with national pride. It is the commonly accepted term for citizens of The United States of America, in my part of the English speaking world. I haven't seen such passion in a Duo Lingo discussion since the "I'm loving it" discussion in the Portuguese course. (That one actually did have to do with linguistics though.)

Sorry for making such a long comment. My regards to all of you out there who are trying to learn another language. It is a struggle well worth the effort, and you all have my utmost respect.

May 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

As I explained in other comment here, the USA’s name is a different case. "America" is not the name of the country, it is just in the name of the country. "America" in "The United States of America" makes mention to the continent/ landmass where the country is, not to the name of the country (at least it was supposed to mention, nowadays English speaking people tend to use "America" and "USA" as synonyms). It is somehow like the United Arab Emirates: it is a union of some Emirates in the Arab region. As there are other countries in Arabia, we couldn’t simplify the UAE as “Arabia” (even though it has it in the name or something related to it). The adequate way to abbreviate it is “the United Emirates” (also the demonym for this country is “Emirati”, not just “Arab”, because all the countries in this region are arab too, why couldn't US citizens be called Unitedstaters or something like that so?). So, in my way of seeing it, It should by logic be the same with the USA.

Anyway, I have to agree with you that words can gain new meanings over time (it has always to be taken in consideration when it comes to this type of theme) and that to discuss things few/non-related to languages themselves in Duolingo forums is not suitable. Even if this kind of discussion does cover linguistics issues, it is much more related to political/ historical/ cultural questions.

Good studies for all of us who love to learn languages! That is why we are here! :)

June 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

I understand the reasoning about how things should be said. However, I have given up trying to reason how things should be said, and try to concentrate on how they are said. (An English professor where I work once said, The plural of mouse is mice, the plural of louse is lice, the plural of house should be hice. Perfect reasoning, but the fact is, it ain't. (Bad grammer intentional.) English, of course has dozens of examples of what should be not being so.) When I say I am American, I have never had any one ask which American country I am from. They have all understood--even those who criticized my use of the word American. Where I live, the Mexican Americans (a true tautology, as Mexicans are American) refer to the those of non hispanic origin as "Americanos". Right or wrong, that is how they say it. And if I have understood the comments correctly, in the Russian speaking world, American is also understood to mean from the United States of America. That being said, if someone jumps on me for calling myself American because, as the say "We are all American", I would refrain from arguing the point. Perhaps if I were South American, (as my wife is, although she uses the term American the same as I do), I would understand their feelings more. At any rate, I will disagree silently, as there are more important things in life. I have enjoyed the lively discussion here on duo lingo though.

June 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

vegjjany

...........I don’t intend to be rude, but why do canadians don’t like to be called “americans”?

In my way of seeing it, the US people just took the name of the American Continent only for them over time, and using the political-economic power of the country, conviced many nations (including Canada) that “America” is a country, not a continent (or landmass/ supercontinent, whatever you want to call it)...........

You are simply incorrect in your statement that the people of the U.S.A. arbitrarily redefined the notion of continents in the western hemisphere because of overwhelming hubris.

Canadians accept the idea that America refers to the country not a continent because all English speaking countries do. The are historic and cultural reasons why English speakers separate the landmass into North America and South America. I have outlined them elsewhere on this page.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--inactive--

But here's the thing: Nobody referred to you as an American. They specifically included Canada in there as well, because America (USA) and Canada are neighboring countries.

June 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaylonChris

Not in Russian. And also not in colloquial English. If you say "Ya Amerikanets" in Russia, they will assume you are from the US. It wouldn't even be a question. If you say, "Ya zhivu v Amerike," they would ask what state you live in. The "continent" when referring to both North and South in English is called "The Americas". Stop being a pedantic jerk.

January 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinThom942204

Я живу в Соединённые Штаты Америки или США.

June 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/werekitty

No, North America is the continent. The United States of America, or just America, is a country. Canada is also in North America.

January 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AharonEffe

Depends on context, Columbus "discovered America" but he wasnt near the USA, it was Carribean and S.America....

January 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AharonEffe

Also forgot to add that majority of non-anglophone countries in "the Americas" consider North and S.America as the same continent. I will also add since people seem to forget all of "Central America" is North America since C.America is just the isthmus portion of N.America.

January 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spirus123

They can consider the Earth being flat,if they want to. But there are two continents,not one.

January 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fintanfrex

This sounds like you're saying even Pangea wasn't one continent.

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeremiah0033

You're absolutely right. Context has its "spicy" turns. You give us an accurate summary of https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americas.
Thanks ! ;-)

January 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.C.Fink

Two continents, surely?

September 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

Exactly. There is no continent called America. I am amazed at how many people keep posting that there is one continent called America. There is no such thing in English which is the language being discussed. Some Russian speakers have advised me that this is also the case in Russian.

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexis217645

There is no continent (in English) called "America". There are two continents that have the word as PART of their name: North America and South America. Together they are known as "the Americas".

Therefore, in English, "America" is unambiguously an abbreviation for "the United States of America" - and not a reference to any continent.

The fact that the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking world apparently count continents differently, and recognise the existence of a single continent called "America" is of great importance when learning Spanish or Portuguese, but has no relevance in a course about English and Russian, since neither of these languages recognise the existence of "America" as a single continent.

December 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john.newbe

Could have been Russia if you hadn't sold off Alaska !

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XZMd

99.9% Russians never been to Chukotka,though it's closer than Alaska. When Alaska was due to sold,it took 1.5 year for a post carrier to deliver letters to Chukotka/Alaska. So don't be ignorant/stupid and don't cry for that loss))))

January 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jd1500

Well it is kinda sad that they only sold it for $7.2 million. They could have made much more out of that opportunity...

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XZMd

Louisiana was sold for 16 mln. Today equivalent is approximately 500 times bigger,so 3.6 bln Alaskan ...it's not too much either,but anyway we should not forget the time/money difference

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/phelbore

Try to rob someone. If they shoot you, America. If they apologize, Canada.

August 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/websmasha

Nice, but if you're shot, the information stays within your head. Anyway, take a lingot! (don't worry, I have 91, and I will have 92 if I give you and complete this lesson)

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stormwoken

Why is USA not recognised and US is?

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keihne

If you spot obvious problems, just report them.

July 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/94BlueLane

Swedish: eller Russian: или

Oh I do love similarities between certain languages, whether they be purely coincidental or not! :-)

April 28, 2016

[deactivated user]

    Samee, there are a lot of similarities with portuguese as well. I just realized that the more languages you know the easier it gets to learn others

    April 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel8875

    This is 100% true. German and Russian have many similarities aswell.

    July 24, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Hetalia anyone?? :)

      July 5, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArtistyPen

      hell yeah !

      October 1, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conohoa

      a Russian language course, yet people are discussing whether it's appropriate to call USA America... take a chill pill y'all everyone uses "America" and "USA" interchangeably anyway

      January 24, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spirus123

      Yeah,mate, Chile is in the USA,that's trivial,don't you know? What are U doing here? Study Russian ? Go do it.

      January 24, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conohoa
      1. When people talk about countries in Americas, they add North/South, not just say "in America".
      2. Can say exactly the same about you, what are you doing here? Not studying Russian that's for sure. Don't tell me what to do m8. That'll be my last comment here though cause i don't want the comments to be closed cause we're talking about unrelated things so bye
      January 24, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cameron938347

      americans (from the United States) may beleive that all north americans call themselves american, however i (a canadian) have never met a canadian who would call themselves american.

      August 19, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

      I have never met an American who believed that Canada was literally a part of the U.S. But both Canadians and Americans believe that North America is a separate continent, as do most countries. (except for some South Americans.)

      March 24, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IApparentlyExist

      No, this is patrick.

      September 22, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlPolyglot

      I love duolingo :DDDDD. So much fun and learning another great and beautiful language

      January 26, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daddyo911

      America and USA, are different things. I don't know if it is like that for Russia.

      January 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--inactive--

      They refer to the same country, so technically the only real difference is that one says "USA" and one says "America".

      June 11, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        I think he's referring to America as the continent, idk where y'all live, but here in Brazil America is the continent and americanos are the people who live in the continent, USA or EUA is the country, and we use estadonidense to refer to its citizens

        April 19, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

        This whole argument stems from whether or not you're referring to the continent or the country. The continent North America includes three countries. There is only one country named America, that is, the United States of America. Generally, the context will make it clear if you ate referring to the country or the continent. I have found that usually when people object to the use of the word American to refer to the United States, it is based either on National pride or on National resentment rather than the inability to discern the context. Incidentally, there are two countries named United States. The United States of America, and to the United States of Mexico.

        October 23, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

        If you are considering North America a continent, so there are 23 countries in it, because the "North American Continent" includes also Central America, not just USA, Mexico and Canada.

        Also, "America" in "United States of America" means that the country was made up by separeted states in America (the continent, the idea of "America, the country" didn't existed before the US were formed) which wanted to become one united country.

        Before this, someone from, say, New York used to call him/herself as just "New Yorker", and he/she would call him/herself "American" only when he/she was refering to his/her continent (just likes Brazilians, Mexicans, Chileans and Cubans are still doing nowadays) or to make a counterpoint with the British people. As there was no name that unified the present-day region of the USA, the only option was to call the country "the United States of America".

        For example: if Brazil and Argentina for some reason want to become one united country, what name this country would be called? well, there is no such name that "unifies" Brazil and Argentina as one single country, except maybe for "United States of South America", because they are different states wanting to become united in the South American region, even though not all the South American states are included in it, you see? (I just didn't say "United States of America" because there is already a country with this name).

        So you can see that it is a different case with Mexico, which is called "United Mexican States", meaning that they are united states of the country already previously called "Mexico".

        May 20, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fintanfrex

        There are even more countries than only Mexico which were original named "United States". India, I believe, was originally named "United States of India".

        March 16, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/websmasha

        Or, you can just say Canada to end the confusion

        April 11, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasonDantico

        why is it ето and not ета? since america and canada have a in the end.

        November 6, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomanRussian

        "Это" is not an adjective here, but a pointing pronoun. It is always "это".

        • "Это - Канада, а это - США" - This is Canada, and this is the USA

        On the other hand, the adjective has different forms:

        • Этот мяч... - This ball...
        • Эта картина... - This painting...
        • Это окно... - This window...
        • Эти карандаши... - These pencils...
        November 6, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasonDantico

        thanks!

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YaSadeeq

        I'm guessing these will be taught in subsequent lessons?

        November 9, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stormwoken

        Because it is a personal pronoun, not a demonstrative pronoun.

        December 25, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ya_pidorac

        I love every Hetalian in this comment section ;w;

        July 21, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

        Это Европа или Великобритания? ;)

        August 13, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ms.Rainiere

        Where are all the hetalians?

        October 12, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ya_pidorac

        Here!!

        July 21, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tint_FallenStar

        Don't worry! We're still present and accounted for! ^-^

        February 3, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.C.Fink

        What's a "hetalian"?

        August 6, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        A member of hetalia

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaminah2018

        Da.

        April 16, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        Where are all the hetalians? Aaminah: yes.

        May 19, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/motherruss8650

        Here!! Lol

        December 16, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/razvan_urbena

        Why is USA not accepted as the answer?

        December 21, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert_Andersson

        It is now an accepted answer. (15/01-2015 | 2015-01-15).

        January 16, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerychon1

        Straight out of a cold war movie...

        March 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/savioaraujjo

        Why America? Should be USA! America is the whole continent.

        March 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AyrtonSmith

        When speaking spanish or brazilian portuguese, yes, but in almost all other languages, America=USA. Americas are north and south America together. Africa doesn't claim to be part of Europe. We're on two separate tectonic plates, meaning that they are separate continents. In spanish, i specify estadounidense, but in English, I'm American and North American.

        May 25, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XZMd

        There isn't such continent. There are South America and North America.

        March 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/savioaraujjo

        No bro... America is the whole continent divided in 3 parts (North, Central and South)... I'm brazilian and I'm american, just like every single person in this continent.

        March 12, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XZMd

        Nope. Central America is a region,not a continent.

        March 14, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

        Yes, for us (brazilians) Central America do is a region, just like North America and South America. None of those three are considered by brazilians and many other people "continents", just regions of the same continent, while English speaking countries prefer to divide the continent in two and put Central America as a region of North America.

        May 20, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariano-M

        Is this Mexico or USA?

        April 18, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeanMXD

        Can you smell maple syrup?

        January 16, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaminah2018

        Man, this is so oldddd XD :Canada reaches hand out to slap someone for getting confused:

        March 25, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyWall

        Is there a spoken difference between a question and a statement? Doesn't "ето канада" mean "this is Canada" and "Is this Canada"?

        January 5, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duosam1

        yes, but you forgot about inflection. Inflection is nonverbal which means it's not written. In writing, you would use punctuation; i.e. a question mark makes it a question.

        January 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyWall

        ok, so its because its a robot that it seems weird?

        January 13, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lunaexoriens

        Canada is also America.

        January 12, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--inactive--

        Canada is also in North America*

        June 11, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akunosama

        Can I join? I got Murica flag stickers! :D

        December 16, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tigran432660

        Это Америка.

        May 23, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictordosSG

        Can Америка really be used to refer only to the United States or it's necessary to use США?

        July 4, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonShamell

        THIS IS AMERICA

        July 9, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sp.ark

        Two hundred and sixteen comments! This is a really actual issue.

        August 9, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        A lot of them are our Hetalians.

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AtalinaDove

        I have a question as to how the word 'or' is treated in this context in Russian. Is this asking whether it's America or Canada, or if this is America or Canada, meaning it's asking whether it's somewhere else or somewhere that's America or Canada?

        January 24, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spirus123

        It's asking whether it's America or Canada?

        January 24, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brandon1375

        What are the variation of "or" (if there are any) and if there is, is it determined by the noun gender (not a Russian native speaker obviously)

        February 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diogogomez

        или is indeclinable

        June 13, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FabrizioPe6

        Hi, I have question. I italy when we ask or affirm something to other people we are speaking with, we are used to change sound at the end of the last word we say, so we can quickly understand uf it is a question or not. Is that in russian something similiar or it doesn't exist? In this case it sounds so equalized suonded that I couldn't understand if it is a question or an affirm. Someone can help me? Thanks in advance

        March 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stormwoken

        Bear in mind that this in many places throughout the course the sentences are put together mechanically (either by a speech synthesiser or from a pool of pre-recorded words, it seems), so the intonation is often really flat, unlike the actual spoken Russian.

        March 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinThom942204

        As I understand from my friend in Russia, the statement is less emphasized than a question. The tone for a statement is rather flat. The whole sentence is emphasized if it is a question.

        June 3, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prettyevil

        I still cannot figure out when to use Amerika v Amerike. Help? I've tried reading through the discussions on multiple pages where Amerike or Amerika are used, but they're usually just lots of shouting about America not just being the US and stuff.

        May 23, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mapadebits

        When you say Amerike your using the noun Amerika in a propositional case. You have to use this case when you are answering where is something. Example: Где вы живёте? Я живу в Amerike.

        May 23, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cal-H

        When using the word Это, how does one know if the sentence says "Is this..." or "This is..."

        September 4, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neid7044

        it can mean both

        September 4, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoaoDSouza

        Lock this discussion too.

        February 12, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/russianlearner00

        How to pronounce "или" ?

        February 13, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--inactive--

        EE-LEE

        June 11, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CyanDude

        In my experience, it sounds more like ee-lee-yea, the yea at the end is very soft though. But I could be wrong, as I'm a beginner.

        June 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R_Andersson

        Не знаю. Я смущён. :(

        February 24, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Viper36P

        I would consider myself (and I guess the rest of the world too) really grateful, if finally the population of the USA would show a little sign of humility by not speaking about themselves exclusively as AMERICANS as America is a continent and the USA is just a part of this continent. I hope at least this is teached in school over there...

        August 11, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benbailey19

        Would you prefer us to call ourselves United Statians?

        February 7, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

        Good one. Have a Lingot.

        February 7, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        Viper36P

        .......I hope at least this is teached in school over there.......

        The notion of America referring to a single continent is not taught in America. Nor is it taught in the public education system of any English speaking country.

        Native English speakers refer to the North and South American continents. When referring them in total they use the term Americas.

        Elsewhere on this page I have outlined the historic, cultural reasons why English speakers and apparently Russian speakers developed this tradition.

        Insisting that English speakers must start using non English ways of referring to the continent of North America makes as much sense as English speakers insisting that the Russians start calling their capital Moscow because that is how English speakers refer to it.

        May 18, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedRin2

        Im American but i think i want to move to Russia...

        February 25, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivan855648

        sigh i cant XD

        May 25, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        Yes

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdolfHitle128953

        Нет, ссср

        July 2, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mang01

        America is the Continent not the Nation or the union of nations. A huge Egocentrical error US culture keep doing and exporting...

        September 8, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexis217645

        There is no continent called "America" in the English language, or in Russian. (Whether such a concept exists elsewhere is irrelevant to a discussion of translation between English and Russian. ) The two continents of North America and South America are sometimes referred to jointly as "the Americas" but that is no more a continent than "Eurasia" is. Being on the same landmass doesn't mean you are in the same continent.

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sobsz

        This is America Don't catch you slippin' up Look what I'm whippin' up This is America

        October 28, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeoPlayer123YT

        Well, the answer is easy. If you see a bunch of guns and American flags then its probably america.

        January 23, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaniTulchi

        America relates to USA in Russian

        February 1, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NinjiKai

        Duh Canada is IN America,, (why do people say America, it's USA...)

        April 10, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        NinjiKai

        Native English speakers refer to there being two continents, North America and South America.

        No native English speaker in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and all those multi-ethnic countries using English as a national, unifying second language would ever, ever refer to Canada as being in America.

        Americans and Canadians fought a war over the issue of Canada being in America. Canada kept its geographic identity in the outcome of that war. Both sides seldom refer to that war now but when it ever comes up, they both talk about the stated intention of the war which was to incorporate Canada -in America.- There was no discussion at the time by either side about Canada becoming a state inside the United States of America. It was the purpose of the war at the outset to place Canada in America meaning under the ownership of America for its sole usage and disposal.

        Native Russian speakers here say that usage of North America as a continent is the case for them as well. Not surprising , since Russia owned a large part of North America until relatively recently and likely regarded North America as real and substantive as compared to South America which was well beyond their world view.

        I live in Europe and everyone who speaks English to me here wonders if, or assumes, I am American (their word). No one has ever once said ....are you North American. Nor have they ever asked .... are you a United Statesian?

        I'm spending some time with you on the issue since you express contempt for those English speakers who do not agree with your take on how English speakers should or would refer to continents in general and Canada/U.S. in particular.

        May 15, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        You cant go around asking peole why they look like America!

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CyanDude

        DUOLINGO DEVELOPERS READ PLEASE

        Make the default translation regarding the country "the USA" to avoid further confusion and discussion.

        June 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liam_G2250

        it is just Soviet Union after the invasion

        July 8, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivbu0

        America is a continent and Canada is inside it so...

        December 21, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

        America is not a continent. The are two continents that have America in their name.

        December 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

        And why do you think both have "America" in the name? Simple: for the same reason why both North and South Korea have "Korea" in their names. And English speaking people usually simplify their demonyms (when it is possible) as just "korean" with no problems.

        In English speaking countries "North America" and "South America" are considered two separeted continents, but in Romance languages speaking countries (such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, France, Spain, Haiti etc.) as well as in many other countries where a non-Romance language is spoken, America is one single continent and South and North America are regions of this continent (just like East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and North Asia are different regions inside the Asian Continent).

        You could say that following geological concepts America do are two separeted continents, but following these same concepts you will find out that actually Europe and Asia (and even Africa for some) constitute geologically one single continent called Eurasia (or Eurafrasia, if you include Africa). So why do people (including English speaking ones) consider them as separeted continents? Well, because of cultural issues, the same reason why people from the American Continent (except for the USA and Canada) consider themselves as one single continent instead of two separeted continents.

        Why do one thing is valid for Europe and Asia, but invalid for America? We cannot use two weights using two different measures for each.

        May 20, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

        In the end, only one country has America in its name.

        May 23, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vegjjany

        Yeah, but it doesn't make the name of the country "America", it is The United States of America (as I explained in the other comment). However, people from the US usually use "America" to refer to their country, mainly when they want to show patriotic feelings, because "The United States of America" or "The United States" (which is the adequated form to abbreviate the country's name) doesn't express much patriotism for some. Also, there are other reasons why people call the USA "America", as I said in the other comment.

        But to call the USA that way is like to call the European Union "Europe" because it has "European" in the name. Well, to call the European Union "Europe" makes more sense than to call the USA "America" for me (even though Switzerland, Andorra, Moldova and other countries still being part of Europe, even not being part of the EU), as the EU at least represents a huge part of Europe, while the US represent a small part of America.

        May 23, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        vegjjany

        You are incorrect when you imply that the division of the Americas into two separate continents is mostly culturally driven by American sensibilities.

        It was the practice of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian explorers to make themselves valuable by having personal knowledge of how to return to and navigate around their newly discovered (by them) territories. Thus it was their personal ability to return there that was the mark for excellent seamanship.

        The practice of English speaking explorers was to be valuable because of their ability and willingness to accurately record their travels so that anyone could follow their path. For them, delivering knowledge of the trade winds, the horse latitudes, accurately positioning on maps all the relevant geographical features etc. was the mark of true seamanship.

        Since they drew the maps for all the English speaking world and most of the remainder, their breakdown of the main features of that particular part of the world became widespread.

        The romance explorers maps were vague ...I have been to that land Amerigo discovered, it's over there, here is kind of what it looks like in a very general sort of way, it is really tricky and dangerous, better see me for details......

        Crossing the tropic of Cancer, Capricorn and the Equator invoke radically different sailing conditions. English speaking sailors took care to record the differences and how to utilize them. That necessarily involved separating the land mass into two separate continents for the purpose of explanation.

        The Northern half of the hemisphere was later populated by people adhering to the English speaking tradition of accurate maps. The Southern half was populated by people relying on the personal expertise of sailors who preferred to keep everything as general as possible.

        When English speakers of all stripes say ...the American army is about to land.... no one wonders which of many countries that could be. When someone says in English..... the Americans are going to start a trade war that might devastate the global economy ...... no one thinks it must be El Salvador. During the Second World War there was a common refrain in Great Britain about the U.S. military stationed there. the Americans are over paid, over sexed and over here. No one ever followed it up with .... and don't they all speak Portuguese in Brazil? ........

        May 15, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaioFranca2

        It's true

        October 22, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LA-PorchMonkey

        Pronunciation of "или"?

        June 25, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        Ee-lee

        May 19, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaioFranca2

        Does she pronounce it "Ameerica"?

        October 1, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mkultrakid

        У Американцев нет слова для называться

        (Is this grammatically correct?)

        March 1, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arobosa

        No, this is incorrect. Write it in English. I'm Russian and I can't even understand the meaning of the phrase.

        November 29, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/___Jake___

        difference between и and или

        July 21, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yasmine_y

        И: "and" ; или: "or".

        July 6, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrJessy

        и or или ?

        September 19, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

        и=and
        или=or - -

        October 2, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrJessy

        thanks LICA98

        October 3, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Codytheclone

        Это советский Россия

        October 28, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

        советская

        December 10, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaniCarvajal1502

        Canada is in America. When are they going to understand that America is a whole continent composed of many countries, like mine, Colombia.

        November 23, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexis217645

        Because it is not. There is no such continent as "America" IN ENGLISH or in Russian. "The Americas" comprise the two continents of "North America" and "South America".

        December 23, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        DaniCarvajal1502

        I am not sure who you mean by they but if you mean English speakers, then you might be interested to know that they have been referring to the continent of North America since before Colombia was even conceived of.

        May 18, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IgnasiRivi

        When having the screen in vertical the Word América didn't apear on the screen. I had to turn the screen into horizontal in order for it to apear on the screen. Phone is Xiaomi Mi Redmi 4 x

        February 6, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nukemonk

        No, this is Patrick!

        March 12, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Violetathe1

        BULGARIA X RUSSIA FOREVER

        April 3, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NinjiKai

        are you from hetalia or countryhumans

        April 10, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/L.Beilschmidt

        Bulgaria? Thats an interesting one..

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dont_tread_on_me

        This is America.

        May 30, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stultustech

        This is America

        June 20, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VelikanovM

        Why she says Канадá? Правильно - Канáда

        September 15, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lwndro

        ask donald glover

        September 23, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken138609

        Is this THE UNITED STATES OR Canada?

        November 29, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tint_FallenStar

        Wouldn't it be 'Is this the US or Canada', because Canada is on the continent of America? Just me? Okay.. (Random jokes am I right?)

        February 3, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        The issue is which language you are using. English speakers do not see one continent called America. They see two continents collectively called the Americas. They see the Americas broken down into two individual continents called North America and South America.

        Some other languages consider the Americas to be only one really big continent called America. Naturally, English speakers consider that to be a foreign way of regarding and describing what they consider to be the continent of North America.

        February 3, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tint_FallenStar

        Ah, I see now. Thanks for clearing it up for me

        February 3, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoFacchini

        You mean United States of America? As far as I know America is a continent.

        March 13, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        People educated in the English speaking system treat the western hemisphere as having North America and South America as separate continents. In that system there is no single continent called America.

        If you say things like ....Brazil is part of America.... you will identify yourself as not being a native English speaker no matter how well you speak it.

        May 14, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/topiary.

        People use "America" to refer to the country all the time. I understand your confusion, it's kind of like a homonym.

        March 24, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChantalPie8

        Canada IS in America. Geez Louise eh guys?!

        March 20, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexis217645

        But Канада is NOT in Америка, so there is no problem with the sentence. Sorry to disappoint you, but you don't get to choose what the name of a country is in another language.

        March 21, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leo4Trump

        Canada is also America, god ❤❤❤❤❤❤.

        May 18, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J9sB1

        What is the difference between это и этот?

        June 29, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matheusthierre

        NO, THIS IS PATRICK!

        August 9, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matheusthierre

        NO, THIS IS PATRICK!

        August 9, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jnluissoza

        ..as Russia is in Europe and Asia it's not correct to say all Europe is Germany and all Asia is China. Make an effort and let's try to LEARN how to say things by their name. 35 countries share America.

        November 21, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpracheShinobi

        Perhaps from some perspectives. However, from the Russian perspective, both linguistically and culturally, "Америка" always refers to the USA. If you mean North, South, or Central America, you must specify such.

        Since this is a Russian course, we should accept learning the Russian way.

        December 2, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hfh777

        '"Америка" always refers to the USA.'

        Really always? Wikipedia in Russian says differently:

        https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%90%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0

        January 24, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jd1500

        Well definitely in my country it's like that. If you say America everyone assumes you mean the USA. If you mean the continent, then North or South America. And wiki would be the 'technical' perspective, not how it is in the country. I'm not saying that Russians DO use America in that way, but they certainly might.

        February 3, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaylonChris

        You obviously know what someone means when they say they're from America. If you ask someone where they're from, chances are they won't say that they are from Asia, or from South America. They'll say, "I'm from Laos," or "I'm from Bolivia." We don't say "I'm from the United States of America," because it's too wordy. We could say "I'm from the United States." Even then, though people like you would complain that there are multiple countries that could be called that, for instance Mexico's official name is Etados Unidos Mexicanos, or the United Mexican States.

        January 5, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisa4duolingo

        Not sure exactly where to post this comment, but this seemed to be the best place. Some might say this post is related to political issues, but for those who may be doing this as a reverse course, and even those who may be, dare I say it, "American" (United States nationals, or otherwise), I wanted to add a bit to the discussion, more for bringing a cultural sensitivity issue to the forefront than anything else.

        I used to study Spanish and at some point during my education, I was taught that it was technically incorrect and culturally insensitive to refer to U.S. nationals as "Americans" because it didn't also refer to our American sisters and brothers to the south and north of us (but especially to the south of us). And, for years, I remember, at least occasionally, making a conscious effort to avoid doing so.

        In recent years, I haven't been quite so rigid on that aspect. Sometimes it is just awkward and clunky to avoid using "American" to refer to the United States. I have also noticed that others, some of whom are excellent writers, also use the word American to refer to the U.S. Heck, even the United Nations uses the word "American" to refer to the United States of America.

        As for any political correctness in avoiding the use of "American" to refer to the U.S., it is pretty evident that many "Americans" are a bit fed up with all of the political correctness some groups want to force others to abide by. Nevertheless, it never hurts to be culturally sensitive and respectful of other people.

        I don't believe in pandering, but like AharonEffe and Jeremiah0033 said, it's all about context. Choice of words matter and have the power to inform, persuade, charm, and anger among many other things. Depending on the effect you want to have, it is essential to know who your audience is. If you'd like to read more on the topic, the links below provide a good overview/history:

        American (word)

        USE OF THE WORD AMERICAN

        Tried to find a good Russian proverb to sum this all up and the best one I could find is this:

        Если бы не закон, не было бы и преступника.

        which means "The more laws, the more offenders." I suppose a good English companion to that might be, "Better to know the rule before you break the rule." As you learn Russian, or English, or some other language, knowing which rules and conventions to adhere to and which ones you can ignore, will be key to your success in sounding more like a native speaker.

        January 21, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlung1

        But only one of them is named américa

        December 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carcarlene

        Completely agree. This would be like saying "is this europe or is this france?"

        Or even more plainly: "is this a fruit or is this an apple?"

        Canada is america, like an apple is a fruit. America is huge containing many individual countries.

        I think people mistake America for the small area named the United States. Imagine if france was actually named "France of Europe". People might be inclinde to call France, alone, Europe. Then all french would be termed "Europeans", thus confusing the rest of the continent as something else.

        If you want to split hairs the united states and Canada occupy the northern America. As does Antigua, Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and more.

        Likewise, Europe has a north (like every continent on this planet) occupied by the countries Denmark, Estonia, iceland etc.

        January 5, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hrisar

        I just wanted to add my two cents on this issue, as I have had this discussion a few times while living in South America. Particularly as it relates to this discussion about the word "America" referring to either a country or a continent, it is worth noting the common usage of America is to refer to the United States of America.

        The United States of America is also the only country in the Americas that has America as part of its name. The vast majority are Republic of (followed by the generally used name of the country like Brazil, Argentina etc). Interestingly, as Mexico is actually "Estados Unidos Mexicanos," it is technically less precise to use the term the "United States" for America as that overlaps with the name for Mexico. As such, referring to the U.S.A as "America," particularly when it is obvious that one is referring o a country as in this Duolingo exercise, is more precise than even using the "United States" or just "the States" and it is certainly less of a mouthful than always using "The United States of America."

        February 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FabrizioPe6

        I had post a question about this sentence guys.. if someone could answer me I'd be pleased! ;-)

        March 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abnosome

        Hetalia...

        December 26, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skn492456

        "This is American or canadian ? " How can we write ?

        February 26, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JayMilkshake

        Isn't America a desert in Canada?!

        November 4, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anchovy.paste

        How do you pronouce "или"?

        January 27, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mauricio933855

        AMERICA IS A CONTINENT NOT A COUNTRY. THANKS.

        April 7, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bnDo12

        What difference between It and This?

        July 15, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richarizar

        I was recently diagnosed with ligma, please send help

        August 10, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CreativeCaprine

        Someone give some context to или. Why is "or" spelled like this here?

        August 26, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/g2ov6

        Ар ю охуел????

        April 10, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VookMon

        обе? (both?)

        confusung.. isn't Canada in America, and the USA is in America, but not -called- America .. so it's America anyway, even if they mean USA?

        September 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kamila_Rocha

        Canada is in america...

        October 22, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freiling

        Извини

        June 21, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmandaJose3

        Heeej jag heter Johnny

        November 16, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/private_Dramba

        Duo developers do not know that Canada is in America. Such simple-minded guys, it's even touching. Instead of constantly changing the design of the site it would be better to correct numerous semantic errors.

        April 8, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

        private_Dramba

        Clearly you have never talked to a Canadian. Not a problem of course, but it does make your generalizations about the language Canadians use to describe their country, ill founded.

        I can't imagine a Canadian agreeing with your statement that Canada is in America. You can describe Canada any way you want but Canadians get to decide what to call the geography of their country. They adhere to the practices of the British explorers (as do all English speaking countries) who mapped out the Western Hemisphere. These explorers were proud of their required ability to accurately plot their travels. Some other countries in the Western Hemisphere follow the Spanish navigational procedures which at the time of discovery were intentionally vague and obscure.

        July 8, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wT7S1

        Ш

        May 26, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mln98

        Both thingd. Canada and America.

        April 4, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/websmasha

        Note that America is either North, South or United States of America. America might refer to all of them, so it could be America.

        April 11, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZacharySos1

        Это папа это мама

        October 23, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edilvers

        То и другое, мальчик. :)

        February 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CemalGl3

        In istanbul too

        February 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peterlkj

        I switche md Canada and America and they counted it wrong ugh why cant they have two correct answers

        February 29, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neid7044

        AMERICA!!!!!

        July 14, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tiancris024

        America es un continente, no un país ignorantes.

        September 25, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaAlLuFu

        ????????

        December 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaAlLuFu

        I AM A CANADIAN, YOU IMBECILES!!!

        December 2, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThaddeusMc2

        boing

        March 15, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chloe219378

        k

        March 24, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lepaslandas

        Это русския

        July 29, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S-learner

        Isn't Canada in America? It's politically incorrect to say that the US represents the whole American continent

        November 4, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomanRussian

        In Russian language tradition by default "Америка" means namely the USA. If you want to point to the continents you should use:

        • Северная Америка - North America
        • Южная Америка - South America
        • Американский континент - The American continent
        • Латинская Америка - Latin America

        And the word американец means a citizen of the USA. To name people from other countries of Americas you should use:

        • Североамериканец
        • Южноамериканец
        • Латиноамериканец
        November 5, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duosam1

        Also in English. If you say "American" you mean someone from the United States of America. You don't call Canadians or Mexicans "American". People who argue this are tools or trolls. Or, anti-American slimebags.

        January 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmarDeSant

        Continents are taught different, depending on where you live. Where I live, America is taught as a continent, and both "american" (citizen from America) and a word that can't be translated (that means citizen from the United States) are both accepted. However, in a huge amount of countries, such as in the Russian speaking ones, the country is called America (as well as USA). It is mainlly a cultural difference, so it is not politically incorrect to say that.

        November 11, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hennikari

        The continent in English is called North America, and both North and South America together are called the Americas. America typically refers to the USA.

        November 11, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duosam1

        США = Америка which is located in North America

        January 11, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

        США = Соединённых Штатов Америки = United States of America which is located in North America. We in the USA do shorten the name to America, but I am not sure that is done so often in other parts of the world.

        January 12, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carcarlene

        If it is the norm, and the norm is incorrect, just say usa. The world says some pretty weird things, we can say things correctly and still be understood. But there is probably little to be done in changing how other people speak when this norm is so accepted.

        January 5, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaytra

        Accept English

        November 16, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elle634905

        Lol

        February 9, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keavaa

        Do Russians really not know the difference

        October 5, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zebrettino

        Are we going to say this is also a political statement, like the Ukraine-Russia question? :/

        November 30, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomanRussian

        The sentences themselves are not as bad as appropriate discussions can be. Let's learn languages, avoiding any political talks.

        November 30, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duosam1

        that's not even a sentence.

        January 11, 2016
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