https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton

Frivolous suggestion for vocabulary - OWL!

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We already have elephants and penguins in our duoLingo sentences, but there is one critical word and sentence that have been missed out.

"The owl is green".

No wonder poor Duo keeps crying; all these learners don't know how to say what kind of animal he is in their new languages.

12/2/2013, 11:57:39 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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"el búho es verde" in Spanish. (I guess its name is an onomatopoeia).

12/2/2013, 12:50:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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Could also be el mochuelo (see my Portuguese translation) or la lechuza. But that all depends on species.

12/2/2013, 1:10:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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Interesting; I knew 'lechuza' but hadn't encountered 'mochuelo' before.

Which begs the question; which species of owl is Duo?

12/2/2013, 1:34:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/agathiel

Duowl linguo :D

12/2/2013, 3:55:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jodibella

Muy divertido!

12/2/2013, 9:58:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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Oh yes, that's important! I also look forward to "the owl is happy/ unhappy", "owl versus penguin" and "I am an owl".

12/2/2013, 1:16:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mitchness
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Just wait until the later sections.

"I had been an owl" "I will be an owl"

and finally "If I were an owl"

12/2/2013, 11:41:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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"Yo había sido un búho," "Seré un búho," and "Si yo fuera un búho." I want these added immediately :D

12/3/2013, 1:31:55 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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We could make a song about "si yo fuera un búhooooo" :D

12/3/2013, 9:18:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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:D Eule gegen Pinguin

12/2/2013, 1:22:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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"le hibou est vert" (irregular plural: les hiboux sont verts)

12/2/2013, 12:47:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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La chouette chouette est verte? - Sitesurf, is chouette a dimunitive of cabbage there?

12/2/2013, 6:44:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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"chouette" as an adjective was much in use in the 60's, but not anymore (except among people who were young in the 60's and have aged with their language habits). It meant "nice, lovely, great, brilliant..."

"Une chouette" is part of the same "night bird" family as "un hibou" but our Duo owl should be "un hibou" (because une chouette does not have these kinds of feather horns on either side of its head)

12/3/2013, 1:00:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ynwa12
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why isn't it "l'hibou"?

12/3/2013, 6:19:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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Because it's one of a few exceptions ... (I think maybe the 'h' is pronounced here? But I'm not sure).

Others are "le haricot", "la haine" (the hate) and "la honte" (the shame).

12/3/2013, 10:42:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/anachron

How could they have missed that?

12/2/2013, 12:03:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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die Eule ist grün

12/2/2013, 1:06:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/GOMER2

Russian:

Зелёная сова=Green owl

Сова зелёная=Owl is green


Just put an emphasis on the last word

Зелёная СОВА=Green OWL

Сова ЗЕЛЁНАЯ=Owl IS GREEN


Accents:

СовА (Pronunciation: SovA or SavA)

ЗелЁная (Pronunciation: ZelYOnaya)

12/2/2013, 4:16:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Birdexplorers
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"Heute heulen neun Eulen, neun Eulen heulen heute" -Bekannte deutsche Zungenbrecher (Famous German Tongue Twister)

12/2/2013, 6:38:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/GGurkan

My god, how have you reached the 20th levels in 5 languages? Did you know some already?

12/3/2013, 2:20:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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Time for me to chime in with the slightly, er, goofy Italian: "Il gufo è verde"

12/2/2013, 4:15:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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a coruja é verde // o mocho é verde

12/2/2013, 1:07:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealMaestro

Die Eule ist grün.

12/2/2013, 7:06:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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¡Viva el búho! Ai, yo encanto esa palabra :) Jajaja

12/2/2013, 5:57:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bpopes
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"Me encanta" esa palabra ;)

12/2/2013, 10:53:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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¡Muchas gracias!

12/3/2013, 4:35:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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a mi tambien!

12/2/2013, 11:26:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17
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猫头鹰是绿色的。 Mandarin Chinese

12/2/2013, 6:48:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew-Lin
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We often say 猫头鹰是绿色的。 If you are talking about an identified owl, you can put 这只 before this sentence. Traditional Chinese Characters: (這隻)貓頭鷹是綠色的。

12/3/2013, 3:46:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17
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对不起, 谢谢

12/3/2013, 3:52:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew-Lin
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That's OK :)

12/4/2013, 9:49:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/quest42good
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In Armenian: Բուն կանաչ է (pronounced: "Bun kanach e", accent on the last "a"), where

  • "bu" means "owl",
  • "n" is the definite article (like "the" in English),
  • "kanach" means green, and
  • "e" (pronounced like "e" in "error") represents the verb "be" (third person singular verb in present tense, like "is").
12/3/2013, 3:34:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta13
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Il gufo è verde / I gufi sono verdi (pl.).

12/2/2013, 4:17:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gmarietta

Let me add the Hungarian version: A bagoly zöld.

12/4/2013, 2:03:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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Polish version: Owl is green = "Sowa jest zielona"; "I had been an owl" - Byłem ('Byłam' for feminine) sową; "I will be an owl" - "Będę sową"; "If I were an owl" - Gdybym był (była) sową...

12/4/2013, 9:08:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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:O lol u are so right! Yo soy un buho!

12/2/2013, 4:21:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hannah15lee

totally. Save the owls!!!!

12/2/2013, 5:12:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Stigjohan
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Ugla er grønn.

12/2/2013, 10:26:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis
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"Pöllö on vihreä" (for when we get Finnish lessons in Duolingo)

Most individual species are named "(something)pöllö" except bubo bubo which is "huuhkaja".

12/3/2013, 5:11:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/pingu2
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梟は緑です

ふくろう は みどり です

fukurou ha midori desu

Japanese Although, unless you add この, or "this" before owl, it just becomes "owls are green," or something; Japanese grammar is weird.

12/3/2013, 12:41:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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Why? 'fukurou' can mean both owl as well as owls.It's the context that decides if it is plural or singular.

On another note, wouldn't it be more conventional to write 'wa' for はin romaji? Plus the Japanese word for owl is written in katakana on the wikipedia page (フクロウ or フクロウ目), but can indeed be written as 梟目. But you apparently don't write it in hiragana. Any native 日本人 here that could explain this? Because I can't link the word 'fukurou' to any foreign word for owl.

Edit: PS: Japanese grammar is easy

12/3/2013, 1:27:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/pingu2
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Yes, there is no real plural in Japanese, unless you signify it with ら or たち or something. That's why its difficult to have a word-for-word translation of "The owl is green"

Regarding -- I don't know what is conventional. You type it ha, so I typed it ha. Sure it's pronounced wa, but you never use romaji, so it doesn't really matter.

It is often written in katakana, because the kanji isn't included the standard daily-use kanji. It's still seen some places though, like in movie titles: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E6%A2%9F%E3%81%AE%E5%9F%8E-DVD-%E4%B8%AD%E4%BA%95%E8%B2%B4%E4%B8%80/dp/B00009AUVX . You do come across it in hiragana sometimes, but not as often as katakana. Not sure why that is, though

Japanese grammar is way easier than, for instance, German grammar. Once you get used to the SOV instead of SVO, different conjugations (imperative, passive, etc...), and which 助詞 go where, it's not so bad. But with all the not-very-often-used stuff they put on N1, it can get a little tricky.

12/3/2013, 2:41:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0
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Exactly, the only difficulty in grammar is that it's different, but if you get passed that it actually get's easier, I think.

I don't know what N1 is, so I don't see what you mean there.

12/3/2013, 3:00:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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And the poor thing must be starving. We never see "The green owl eats cheese", "The owl drinks milk" "El búho verde comen queso", "El búho bebe leche".

12/7/2013, 3:30:27 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dockeryz
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El búho come una manzana.

12/9/2013, 12:56:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dockeryz
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I always thought it was tecolote

12/4/2013, 1:10:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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הינשוף הוא ירוק

:D

12/4/2013, 4:27:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Llwddythlw

כמעת כל יום אני לומד מילה חדשה

12/6/2013, 2:18:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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כל הכבוד! תמשיך כך!

12/6/2013, 8:15:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/SLM406775

I love Duolingo and am thoroughly enjoying learning Italian. The only thing is that it is not possible to determine whether you want the singular You or the plural You. Thus I answer the questions as TU and I am wrong, because you wanted the VOI response. Can't you put a little P or S to indicate which form you want?

10/28/2018, 4:54:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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I have found that Duolingo accepts both the singular and plural forms in all the languages I have studied so far. Maybe Italian is different, but I think that usually there is something else wrong when Duolingo marks a tu/vous sentence wrong.

10/28/2018, 9:53:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LindaHill

The sentence "The owl is green" follows the basic syntax of English. It does say what the owl is. The owl is "green." (In other words, the state of being of the owl is "greenness.")

The basic word order (syntax) of English takes two forms.

The first is "he lives" ( subject / verb ). In this form, the verb is intransitive. (Note that an adverb following the word "lives" does not make the sentence transitive. In other words, in "He lives quietly," the adverb "quietly" modifies the verb "lives." The adverb "quietly" does not modify the noun "he.")

An intransitive verb does not explain how a subject is acting. Instead, an intransitive verb indicates a quality of a subject or how a subject is being, i.e., the "state of being" of the subject. Intransitive verbs, therefore, can be followed by an adjective. An example of an intransitive sentence: The owl is green. Another way to define intransitive verbs is to remember that they do not take an object but can be followed by a modifier, whether the modifier is an adjective or an adverb. When an intransitive verb is followed by a predicate adjective, it is said to be a "linking verb" because they connect both the subject and the verb to more information about the subject. An intransitive verb is not linking if it is followed by an adverb. (For instance, He played poorly.)

The second syntactical form is "subject / verb / verb complement." In this form, two types of verb complements can follow the verb. They are either "noun complements" (also known as"predicate nouns) or "adjective complements" (also known as "predicate adjectives").

Noun complements are intransitive because the subject defines the object and vice versa. Adjective complements are intransitive because no action is taking place, but they are "linking" because the verb carries the "quality" back so as to define the subject. For example: She feels happy.

Some verbs, such as "sing," can be either transitive or intransitive. Example of the verb "to sing" used intransitively: He sings happily. (No object) Example of the verb "to sing" used transitively: He sings Christmas carols. (The object is "carols," which is modified by a noun (Christmas) that is being used syntactically as an adjective.)

Aa mentioned, adjective complements are also known as (aka) "predicate adjectives." Verbs that can take a predicate adjective are linking verbs. Linking verbs can be transitive or intransitive. In other words, they may or may not take an object. Examples of intransitive predicate adjectives: The owl is green. The children look sick. The parrots are hungry. Examples of transitive predicate nouns: I want a cookie. My name is Linda. He needs help.

12/2/2013, 11:52:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lexy0202
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Umm... what?

12/3/2013, 11:13:02 AM
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