"Do you eat rice?"
Translation:Ты ешь рис?
ест is the verb's "eats" form, used with 3rd person singular. Other persons and numbers use different forms.
Which are, by the way, fairly non-standard for есть, дать and derived verbs (съесть, поесть, продать, отдать, сдать and so on; also создать "to create", which is, surprisingly, not a derivative of дать).
Here are all the forms:
- Я ем хлеб.
- Ты ешь хлеб.
- Она ест хлеб.
- Мы едим хлеб.
- Вы едите хлеб.
- Они едят хлеб.
You might notice that the forms are not totally mental. It is just thar ем and ест are odd, ешь seems like an ending without any root, and the plural forms seem to have a Д from nowhere (though, their forms kind of match the regular pattern).
You do not speak rice, I guess.
Some verbs let you do it with ease, especially in less formal sentences. In general, omission of the subject pronoun from the sentence is just that—omission. A native clearly feels that it is missing (provided it sounds natural at all), which is different from languages where it is truly optional.
In this course a fairly limited number of verbs are used both with and without subject. Among them, думать and хотеть. In certain environments, that is.
У тебя... Is the beginning of a different question.. 'Do you have..?' Or 'Is there... near you?'.
У тебя есть рис would be asking ' Do you have rice?'. You needed to ask 'do you eat rice?'. Ем is also 1st person singular for eat - so я ем рис = I eat rice. You needed to ask ты ешь рис? or вы едите рис?
вы едите рис. In the present, each of the 6 pronouns has its own form of the verb. See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C#Conjugation
The issue I'm having with this sentance is not word choices but pronunciation. I heard this sentance earlier in this same module as "te yoosh reese" however "ty esh' ris" is correct. Maybe it is the women's voice, maybe she is speaking too fast for this rookie, maybe my ears, or maybe my processing speed but somehow I am not getting the message. Any ideas on helping me get past this?
Do you mean, how can one write using Russian alphabet?
It depends mostly on your OS. If you use Windows, go to the language settings (try double-clicking on the language bar, but maybe something else would work), then you'll see sort of a list; add Russian language, apply and then choose Russian from the menu that appears when you right-click on the language bar (not sure, though; try to mess around it a little bit if this way of clicking doesn't work). On Ubuntu you would do something similar (by default the language bar will be probably to the top-right of the screen).
If you're using your mobile device, most probably you'll need to go to Keyboard/Language settings and choose Russian as one of the input methods. Most probably you'll access the settings menu by pressing&holding the spacebar or again - try to look it up on your own.
If you want to complain about unclear instructions - I really wanted to help (I guess nobody else would if I didn't) but my memory isn't perfect. If you still have any problems, answer here.