"Do you drink coffee?"
Translation:Вы пьёте кофе?
It would be really helpful if it would speak these words on hover-over. I get some practice with these written exercises, but I don't know exactly how all these words are pronounced, and because there is no "Words" section I can't just look up the word and click it to hear the pronunciation.
I just copy+paste it to google translate, it works for me, although yeah, it would be convenient
forvo is a good website for hearing native speakers pronounce words. i use 'say it right!' whichis a mobile app powered by forvo... you should practice typing it instead of copy/paste to learn the keyboard.
press the play button and it will speak the whole sentence.. on mobile app selecting a word will speak it, but the app doesnt have the lightbulb icon info section for any sections, or the option to always type your answer instead of word bank
The verb form changes depending on the pronoun:
- Ты пьёшь ко́фе?
- Вы пьёте ко́фе?
The verb form should correspond to the pronoun used.
As a general comment about these types of questions, having the correct sentance spoken after one is selected would be beneficial to me; more practice hearing them spoken.
Verbs change their forms to match the subject of the sentence:
- я пью́ ‘I drink’ — 1st person singular,
- ты пьёшь ‘you drink’ — 2nd person singular,
- она́ пьёт ‘she drinks’, он пьёт ‘he drinks’, оно́ пьёт ‘it drinks’ — 3rd person singular,
- мы пьём ‘we drink’ — 1st person plural,
- вы пьёте ‘you drink’ — 2nd person plural (it’s techincally a plural form, but also used when talking to one person for extra formality),
- они́ пьют ‘they drink’ — 3rd person plural.
This happens in English, too, but in much more limited form: we use ‘drinks’ for 3rd person singular, and ‘drink’ for all the other situations. English used to have more of those, but lost most of those endings. For example, 2rd person singular ‘thou drinkest’ was replaced with a formerly-plural form ‘you drink’ (just like Russian, English people used plural form ‘you’ to address one person, and it ended up replacing the singular form completely).
Russian, on the other hand, has a full set of endings. Don’t be discouraged if this seems too much! You’ll learn those forms, eventually. And they follow similar patterns so once you learn those patterns, you’ll be able to conjugate any verb.
Thanks a lot for your explanation!! It's the same case as in Spanish Tú: Thou ( more familiar) Usted: You( more polite)
Knowing Spanish has really helped with understanding how some of this works.
Does the "ь" at the end of "пьёшь" change the pronunciation or is it just there for historical reasons? And what does the first "ь" after the "п" do? Is the "ё" not enough to make it soft?
I think it is to divide syllables in words and to make sure that the letter before it is fully pronounced instead of shortened like Americans will do with certain words. IE: we will say 'goin' to the store.' The "Ь" makes sure you don't cut that letter off and instead say 'goinG to the store'. Does that make sense?
It really should indicate if it is you (singular) or you (plural). How should I know (without context) which is expected? Coming from a language which, too, has two differents words for this, this really drives me crazy...
The program has validated my wrong answer as correct. I had entered : вы пьёшь. And the answer is вы пьёте.
Duolingo transliterates both ё and е with 'e'.
ё and е as 'e', because you don't actually need to write the umlaut in writing, but the pronunciation still holds. Otherwise, it's 'yo'.
Different cases. First one is Nominative, second one could be either Genitive or Dative.
What! How do I type in Russian I am English and I dont have a Russian keyboard so how do I type in Russian ? it says to type it in Russian but I cant please help me