When English speakers do not hear a question, they often say just "what" or more politely "would you repeat the the question". When Russian do not hear the question they often say "что" but it is more polite to say "ещё раз", meaning "still once" if one wants to translate this literally.
Native Russian speaker here.
Absolutely right! We say Что? or Ещё раз?
Politely it sounds Что, простите? or Простите, что? and Еще раз, пожалуйста?
Or more formally Повторите (еще раз), пожалуйста.
In each cases it is spelling with interrogative intonation, of course. And the less words, the more intonation.
I put "Say again, what are you asking for?" If I was serving someone (in a shop, bank, bar etc.) in real life, in England I would likely say ... Politely but in a familiar way - "Sorry, I didn't catch that ..." leaving the sentence open to invite them to repeat themselves. More formally - "Please would you say that again for me?"
There are different sentences with Duolingo app, which doesn´t appear when I do this lesson in my PC. Unfortunately it´s not possible to see nor ask questions on app so I´ll post my question here: There were two different sentences on app: Мама просит сок and Оно просит воды. In both sentences somebody asks FOR something, but one of them appears to be in accusative case (сок) and the second one in genitive (воды). Why are they in different cases?
Actually in this sentence, воды is "some water," so it is genitive/partitive. (This is alluded to in the English translation at this link and the Russian translation here.) While воды can be the accusative plural for вода, I have read elsewhere that вода is almost never used in plural form (even in English this is so - "many waters" sounds pretty Biblical). Also note that there is a change in stress from the genitive singular (воды) which makes the unstressed-o sound like ah, versus the accusative plural (воды), which places the stress on the o to sound like oh. See declension table at OpenRussian for stress marks. So here we deal with the genitive singular.
In regards to the discussion board, I have the same thing occur - different (and more) exercises on the app than on the web version. Whenever I use the app, I then always look at sentences on the discussion boards, since so often native speakers or lifelong students give us good hints and help. To access these on the web, go to the Discussion tab at the top of the webpage, then in the Search, I search for the English and the Russian form of the sentence. (Almost always, the sentence is available in both languages - not always.) So here is Мама просит сок and Mom asks for juice, and here is Она просит воды and She is asking for some water. Hope this helps! I find the discussion boards to be a great tool; too bad they're not available in the app; but then, I like the browser version better anyway.
I mean, like:
- He is asking for repeating what the other person was asking for
- He is complaining about the other person asking annoyingly another thing like after 5 things in a row
The tiles exercise on mobile had a different translation for this sentence than the one I can see now in the browser. Can't recall what was that, but I guess the fact that there aren't any commas in the tiles could have made me think of these two possible meanings...
I guess so. Furthermore, if we put exclamation point in the end we get something like Что ты просишь, опять?! It can express surprise and annoyance by an intrusive request, or by what has already been done without particular joy, gentle speaking.
So "Ещё раз, что ты просишь" it is better to translate by the one of these variants: Repeat, (please,) what are you asking for? Say again, ....? One more time,...? Once again, ...?
Without context this is a hard sentence to translate. Keeping it close to a literal translation seems best. That being said: when I read the English, I automatically want to add a particle. What are you asking FOR again? Or What are you asking ABOUT again? But it seems that the Russian changes the verb to cover that. Am I correct?
What are you asking FOR again? Or What are you asking ABOUT again? But it seems that the Russian changes the verb to cover that. Am I correct?
You are right.
"What are you asking for?" is "Что ты просишь?"
"What are you asking about?" is "Что ты спрашиваешь?". Or "О чём ты спрашиваешь?". (The latter is more proper grammatically, but the former is in use too)