Spanish oso and French ours (along with Italian orso and Portuguese urso) both come from Latin ursus, so they are related. This Latin root also survives in a handful of English words such as ursine (bearlike), as well as specialized terms such as the scientific name for the bear family, Ursidae, and the well-known constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. Thinking about etymology can actually be really helpful for remembering foreign words. So although studying Spanish and French simultaneously can be dangerous, it can also be really helpful, since many of the words you know in Spanish have cognates in French, making the French words easier to learn, and vice versa.
The English word bear, if you're curious, is of Germanic origin, and is a cognate with German Bär, Dutch beer, Danish bjørn, and Norwegian and Swedish björn.
Depends on what you're using duolingo on, a computer, an android device or an ios one. Generally speaking you'd add the different languages you want (french, german, etc) to the keyboard, and then swich when needed. For some letters you have to hold another button on keyboard though, instead of tapping (assuming it's not a computer keyboard).
OS is the operating system, such as windows 7. Anyway assuming you're using windows 7, 8 or later, I gave the rough instructions in another question's comments, but here it is in more detail:
Open control panel, search for "input" at the top and choose "Change input methods". In the new page that opens up, pres "Options" in front of the English language, and in the new page, press "Add an input method", here you can choose any input method you want, I can suggest "United States-International", then hit add and you have it alongside your typical English input method. (You can also remove the old method in once you're back to the previous page if you get confused by having 2 methods.)
Afterwards by selecting this method, you can type é by pressing ' and then e, or ç by pressing ' and then c . The keys to remember are ' (single quotation), " (double quotation), `(at the left of the number 1 key at the top), and ^ at the top. This way you can type all the French accents easily, just takes some getting used to.
Interesting and in the end the 2 groups URSUS and BJÖRN come from IE but from different IE-words: (BEEHIVE) DESTROYER resp. BROWN (ANIMAL)
We have IE: RKTOS, Sanscrit: RAKSAS = destroyer (of beehives) gives ursus (Latin), ours (Fr), oso (Sp), orso (It)] as well as άρκτος (Gr, árktos)
and IE: BER = brown (animal): ancient Nordic: bernu, björn (Sw, Is), bjørn (Da, Norw) and ancient German: bero, bär (Ge) and the English bear must belong here
Yes, it's pronounced in this case. There's no general rule, you just have to learn the exceptions, often they are words of foreign origin, usually English or Greek, but also Latin when the original Latin word is used.
Notable examples are fils (son), autobus, tennis, maïs (corn), oasis, os (bone; silent in plural!), mars (March/Mars), sens (sense, direction), as (ace), palmarès, pénis, herpès, biceps and many others especially medical terms.
The trickiest are tous and plus, because it depends on meaning: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/tout.htm http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa101300v.htm
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