Guys, we are learining Polish here, not English. The English phrase "she is under the shower" translates the literal meaning of how Polish people say it, it makes you REMEMBER the Polish phrase. I bet you'd have harder time memorising the phrase if not for this seemingly erroneous translation.
Just try to split the notion of "shower" in your head. It's a shower-place with a shower-head giving out shower-water. For English speakers the default meaning is the place and the water (IN which you are), for Polish it's the shower head with the water (UNDER which you are).
I vaguely remember something similar when I was learning German at school, and for the life of me it's bugging me that I don't remember what the example was exactly. I think it was along the lines of "Ich komme mit dem bus" for saying I'm coming by bus, but the literal translation would be the lines of "I'm coming with the bus". For me it had a sinister connotation that it was as if you were being pulled along behind, or strapped on top of it
You are 100 percent correct with your German example... It is so interessting to hear what other learners are thinking! As German is my first language I never thought about that. Thank you for sharing :) Also you can replace "Bus" with any other vehicle. "Ich komme mit dem Fahrrad/ Auto/ Flugzeug..." - "I'm coming with the bike/ car/ plane...".
I put this question to the English stack exchange. http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/304448/is-she-is-under-the-shower-a-proper-english-sentence
I don't want to downvote you, but I am willing to bet real money that no native English speaker over the age of three has EVER said they're "under the shower". If we're talking about the sensation of a shower outside of your bathroom, like a rain shower or being showered by droplets from a car passing over a puddle, it's "in a shower" or even more likely "caught in a shower". Never have I ever heard "under the shower", but "under the showerhead" would be perfectly valid.
'Under the shower' is most definitely possible in English, and was my first answer, because it seemed more literal and also is used in English.
Imagine the doctor has prescribed some kind of special shampoo for you. The doctor could - would probably - say, 'When you are under the shower, get your hair completely wet and then apply the shampoo,' for example.
More than 25 years as an international teacher of English and with two degrees in literature - I've definitely come across this in the US and in books over the years, though I think it's not very current now. It may be more current in places where freestanding shower boxes are not common.
It would be the obvious thing to say when showers first became common for washing. One is 'in the bath' because one gets 'in' the tub, 'in' the water. But originally, one would stand 'under' the shower of water - the natural way to think of this novel way of 'bathing.' In time, with enclosed shower cabinets (rather than shower heads in bathtubs). one would have more of a sense of being enclosed in the 'shower box' so to speak. Hence the proliferation of 'in the shower' rather than 'under' it.
A clue to these things is that there is a logic in other languages saying - and staying with - 'under' the shower. Especially when you consider that in Poland, most 'showers' are still just a shower head on a long hose mounted to the taps in the bathtub. Freestanding shower units are only becoming more common in the past 10 years or so in Poland. So they retain the early sense of standing 'under' a shower of water, a sense that has faded - but still exists - in English.
I wasn't aware that this phrase isn't considered proper English, or that it's so rarely used in the wider English-speaking world, so I'll accept that it may not be an appropriate translation to mark correct here. However, it is a phrase that is said by native English speakers to mean the same thing.
Most often I've heard it said to describe the act of getting under the actual spray of water, as in "She's getting under the shower now", "I was just getting under the shower", "Hurry up and get under the shower", and so on. It's closer in meaning to "taking a shower" than it is to "in the shower", because you can be in the shower without taking a shower.
This whole debate confused the hell out of me until I got back from Poland! In the USA, the taps and the showerhead are seen as completely separate, since what connects them is installed behind the wall and unseen almost all of the time. Every shower I saw in Poland had the showerhead attached by a flexible tube, coming right out of the taps, so I can totally understand the whole apparatus having one word.
Dangit, now I miss Poland's superior bathroom fixtures... My host's shower even had bluetooth speakers in it!
„Słuchawka prysznicowa” is also something that I think I hear for the first time in my life – it definitely works, but I wouldn't even came up with it as an option, if you asked me how to call „głowica prysznicowa” differently… At least until now. ;)
This might be some regional difference, I think.
I only used two showers there, but both were bad. One in Kolding and one in Copenhagen. Neither had a door, though one had a curtain, but it meant I got the floor wet and the draft made sure I was instantly cold whenever the water wasn't hitting me.
I guess no country can be perfect. Denmark is expensive and has crappy showers. Otherwise, it might be perfect.
You should accept "under the shower". It is normal to say it that way in some places. There is even a painting by a famous artist called "Woman under the shower" in an Australian State art gallery.
But that isn't what it means. In Polish, would you be able to say something is literally under the shower, as in under the floor that you stand on in the shower, the exact same way as you would say to take a shower? I think even if it was grammatically correct, it would have to be emphasized, either through tone, other words, or some very clear context.
Just because it is the literal meaning doesn't mean it should be an accepted translation. I think our goal is to learn to naturally speak language and this translation is not natural. Since I have started to do another Duolingo, I have realized that a lot of these unrealistic translations make it more confusing here, not less. I don't think these unrealistic translations should be accepted.
But both in Polish and as I see, also in English, "prysznic"/"shower" has among other meanings "A device for bathing by which water is made to fall on the body from a height, either from a tank or by the action of a pump." So you can be under it, as it is a device. Maybe it makes less sense than in Polish, but if I deleted it, I would sure get comments from people saying that the literal version should also be accepted, and as I agree with those hypothetical people...
Not 'under the floor of your bathroom', of course, that would be a little bit absurd.
If you want a literal translation, "She is under the showerhead" would work. Completely unnatural (except for rare scenarios), but it would work. Because it is unnatural, I suggest making it a hidden solution rather than a recommended solution.
Note that showerhead may be spelled "showerhead" or "shower head." A quick Google search seems to imply that "shower head" is more popular by a margin of about 2:1, but I guess this is probably regional.
The shower is the entire thing. This is a shower:
This is a showerhead, which is only the metal thing out of which the water flows:
Clearly, you are often under the latter, and VERY rarely under the former. The shower is the floor, the doors/walls/windows, and everything up to the top of what is distinctly part of the shower, then you have your "invisible lid" (if it is not to the ceiling).
Also, it is important to recognize that prepositions are not something that can really be "literally" translated between most languages. Polish "na" is more often "in" than "on," at least in my experience. "Pod" here simply means "in" in English. This is a common problem between English and Polish: prepositions are very difficult to translate and understand. Translating any proposition without a context really makes no sense.
If you said this in Polish, could it possible mean in some context that you are actually under the floor of the shower? If not, then it isn't even translated literally, it is just translated word for word, which makes no sense and rarely works in language translation.
From what I've seen, almost everyone here says this translation is wrong. One even has 12 up votes.
"Pod prysznicem" means here that the woman is under water flowing from a device for bathing. And the device does not necessarily has a cabin. That's why your translations are grammatically correct in English but none of them is identical with the meaning of original phrase (and I don't really know what is the best match). The problem is that the example doesn't help to understand a meaning of "pod" in Polish.
Wrong. Luckily someone asked this on SE: http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/80700/is-she-is-under-the-shower-a-proper-english-sentence
Since the whole point is to practice prepositions, and there's no preposition in 'she is taking a shower,' no reason for that to be offered as a possible translation. People have to work out that when they're being tested on a particular part of speech, true answers that don't include that part of speech won't be marked correct. But then I speak as a teacher of (English) teachers, so to me that's obvious.
Because this will not ever be said. You can be "w kabinie prysznicowej" (in the shower cabin), but absolutely not "w prysznicu". That's physically impossible unless you are Ant-Man and can really, literally fit inside the device.
As you've seen, I inclined towards leaving "under the shower" as a literal translation, but the arguments against it were serious enough. So we shall treat it as one of those common situations when the languages just use different prepositions.
Yes it's not going to be like English we just have to suck it up and deal with it lol Just like How old are you? Ile masz lat? Cuantos años tienes? Or in Spanish it would sound like Ile lat masz? but I think that's incorrect so I have to remember "lat" is at the end.