Translation:What language do you know other than English?
More than one third, I suppose. Some (not all) prepositions are listed here: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Russian/Prepositions
Why is this preposition used with the genitive case? Well, it's the way we speak... Genitive is the most "prepositional" case in Russian.
Many similar prepositions that mean contrast and negation are used with the genitive: вме́сто (instead of), в отли́чии от (as opposed to), взаме́н (in exchange for), за исключе́нием (with the exception of)
"aside from" is more British, but "other than" is more american. Both should be accepted and both are used, but i hear "other than" a lot more in America.
I guess one could debate what "more British" means in this context; the two phrases appear with close to equal frequency in the British National Corpus. But you're certainly on to something: "other than" is about four times more common than "aside from" in the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
"what language do you know apart from English" marked wrong but I think it should be accepted?
Better ask this question in Russian to a guy who only speaks English #justduolingothings
Except for? I would be more inclined to say besides or other than. Unless I'm missing the meaning of the sentence completely.
Pronunciation is my major difficulty in Russian. How can английского be pronounced an-gleech-ka? Should it not end with ka-vo? Any advice to improve my pronunciation would be greatly appreciated. Also кроме sounds like Crimea to me. jeez
Thanks Roman. Do you agree that the Duolingo voice is quite a bit off here?
It's weird how it works. Now I suddenly hear the [-skah-vah] clearly here and on forvo. Thanks again for your effort! lingot
There is a normal diffferent between street talk and the slow or written version, just as there is in English: "I am going to go" sometimes comes out "Imana go° but this is generally understood, exzcept by foreigners still learning the language. Again: "what do you want" very often comes out "whacha want" One has to learn the pronunciation as written, then try to understand what is happening in the slow recording (which helps to determine where the accent falls), and finally listen carefully to the faster version, and try to find the same words there.
Is this the normal way to phrase the question in Russian?
In English, it is normal to say "What languages do you know, besides English?" You default to the assumption that there may be more than one. You would only ask "What language do you know, besides English?" if the person has already said that they only know two languages in total.
As a language exercise, it doesn't matter either way. But in order to avoid 'ruffling someone's feathers' over this, I'd like to know whether it conveys the same implication as it does in English: that the person addressed is expected to know only one other language.
Yes, the implication in Russian sentence is that the person addressed would know only one language besides English. If the person who asked the question assumed there could be more then one, they would use plural. In this regard Russian works the same way as English, thus the translation is correct and the level of awkwardness of the prhasing is the same in both languages.
I was wondering the same thing. I assume that in Russian, the singular would be used, rather than the plural that would be have to be used in English. But I can't know for sure – it's not unheard of for Duolingo to get things wrong – so I hope someone answer your question with confidence.
Would кроме also mean "other than"? Which language do you speak other than English? Or must it be except for?
Unsure if this is a mistake or not: "languages" isn't accepted here. Does the Russian sentence specifically ask for one language, or does it allow for an answer with more than one?
The Russian sentence asks for one language because there is "other than English " (only one language). If at the end of the sentence were at least two languages like " кроме английского и немецкого " then the beginning would be "какие языки" and you could use languages
What do native speakers think about: "What other language than English do you know?"
I can definitely imagine this coming out of a native speaker's mouth, but it would be one of those 1-10% of utterances that they (or, if not them, their teachers) would correct if they could that Shady_arc likes to mention.
It doesn't work - it's very awkward. You could say "What other language BESIDES English do you know" but "other language than" doesn't work. "Other than" can't be divided.
It sounds wrong to me. I don't believe that order works, but that said, I wouldn't guarantee that a native speaker would never say it.
I believe this is correct. I would use this occasionally, in very formal settings, but people would stick to the informal "what languages do you know other than English?", or the more formal " what languages, other than English, do you know?" (which requires commas, of course).
"What kind of language do you know except English?" is not accepted. Should I report it?
"Except" doesn't strike me as natural there. And "what kind of" doesn't strike me as a natural complement to a single language like English, but rather to a class of languages.
I am learning Russian German and Irish (answering the sentence's question) the discussion that this is all about
This combines the two acceptable answers and has the same meaning. It's what we would say in our region of the country