Omg I'm really surprised, how many people is learning Russian. It's really nice to know, that our language is maybe interesting for you? I don't know, how is it - to learn Russian, I just live with my language. Is it hard? Do you like it or just must to learn Russian for some reasons? Anyway, it's great to see all these comments.
I'm a Russian teacher (a Finnish person) testing this app before I tell about to my pupils next autumn. I know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my pronunciation of " Мама, Том там?" since I know the intonation one needs in this type of question. So, be aware that this app sometimes makes mistakes :)
although it is directly translated as, "Mom, Tom is there." raising your voice at the end of the sentence is the way to indicate that it is a question rather than a statement without using questioning words like "what, where, who etc."
It is like in English when we say "In the safe?", but in Russian it is more accepted to raise the tone at the end.
Hope that helped!
Why does Duolingo not teach us the letters and how they sound?? I am constantly not knowing how to spell anything Russian by ear. I only do well if I'm hearing a phrase and they need me to know what it means. Writing the Russian out I'm struggling but reading and hearing it I understand. I am so confused with this part.
Eh... originally it is a question so the question is translated and it rerurns wrong answer... Shown right answer is normal sentense...
You put emphasis on the stressed syllable of the word that is the information you seek. So if you want to know if Tim is there, and not here, you emphasize там. If you don't know who's there, Tim or someone else, emphasize Tim. If you get a copy of the Michel Thomas audio course it goes into this in detail.