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"Le mie scarpe sono elettriche?"

Translation:Are my shoes electric?

January 17, 2013

344 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lukeyphills

Voglio delle scarpe elettriche!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nano-rama

per l'uomo nella vasca da bagno...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glenis177846

That really would be a scream!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taras729302

But only for a short moment. So no worries


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/baumbaerin

sooo goood :D.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevin968039

What the... Just when I think Duo can't freak me out anymore with bizzare sentences- they drop this little jewel on me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/baumbaerin

And a Lingot from me for this :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iruxka

O mio dio! Ragazzi guarda a questo! Il mio snowboard elettriche – https://www.instagram.com/p/BO6w_tMgrXk/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeroeOMER

FANTASTIC! I now want an electric snowboard just like this one....thank you Iruxka. a Lingot for you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo639847

Mine run on diésel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jussyru

It made my day, thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GidiZisk

Only 90's children will get this sentence


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevin968039

@lukeyphills, If someone gives me a pair, I'll mail them to you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Voltaic117

"Are my shoes electric... or am I a dancing machine?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AernJardos

Depends, do your brothers wear modern dresses?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atlasakin

You two, MADE MY DAY!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grumpy700875

ding dong

You used the wrong word

The right answer is

Y'all made my day


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elguille980

i think i get it... are you using you'll as in "voi"?? i think i get the joke


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

Nah, "Y'all" Seems A Little Weird To Use In The Dual.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mstone01501

I vestiti can mean clothes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/X-Lydia

I want to translate David Bowie lyrics into Italian now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LlamaNation01

Are we human...or are we dancer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noble379183

Siamo uomini o avvocati?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ana840267

My sign is vital, my hands are cold...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LlamaNation01

And I'm on my knees, lookin' for the answer...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/acostaem

Siamo uomini o avvocati!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snood1205

This is the best sentence ever.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gianpaolo688419

Here are 26 explanations of this Duolingo sentence;

a) Help, my shoes are electrocuting me! b) These shoes come with flashy light things c) These shoes have lightning bolt patterns d) I really like these shoes and am unable to use words in normal context e) Magnetic shoes f) These shoes come with in-built tasers g) I keep getting electric shocks from rubbing my shoes on the carpet h) These shoes come with batteries and can charge your phone i) These shoes are an eco-friendly form of transportation compared to the more popular combustion-engine shoe j) Electric eels use these shoes very commonly in the wild to mate k) Android is selling these shoes after a recent dream l) These shoes will not move until fully charged m) These shoes self-tie themselves like in Back to the Future n) The machine to make these shoes is electric o) False advertising p) These shoes self-fit to the buyer's size q) I can run like Sonic in these shoes r) I am Sonic s) I am Dr. Eggman trying to outrun Sonic t) I am Dr. Eggman holding these shoes whilst making Robot Sonic u) I am a Nintendo salesman making fun of Sega in the endless gaming war v) These are Inspector Gadget's shoes w) These shoes taser me to remind me not to say anything stupid x) Are these shoes electric? Zap y) These shoes are made entirely of electrons/electromagnetic waves/whatever they make it out of these days z) I live in the ridiculous world of Duolingo land where my hovercraft will always be full of eels


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FranksPD

You, good sir, have just made my day. Nothing else will top the effort you made this Christmas! X


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v.ivanov

Hoped you'll switch to Italian by the end, but no... :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Logana131

i) they're actually Benny's boots


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeroeOMER

Dear Gianpaolo688419, you are clearly the best kind of pedant. That is, one with a sense of humour. Here's another lingot for your collection


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Konradk

Non voglio delle scarpe elettriche, perche non voglio a morire.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellis930361

Because our shoes are electric


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivaSummer

Im dying after your comment!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

You took your time!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Moir1

What a shocking thought!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NerdNae

Domanda: morire= moriamo/muoio/ et c, then leggire= leggo/leggi et c?

is the suffix 'ire' meaning to do (verb)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolineJanaitis

Depends on the conjugation. Morire is to die, but the infinitive of leggo/leggi is leggere, to pay is pagare. So a regular infintive for active verbs is constructed root + indicator of conjugation + 're'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mhm2908

This is the most useful sentence I have learned to date with Duolingo. Thanks so much


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Enphlegminguous

Do Androids Dream of Electric Scarpe?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

Only if they have a sole.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkpeak

...and when you dance, you're always 'instep'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espygur

Ha, ha! Lovin' it!


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    Germanlehrerlsu: the best answer ever! GRAZIE!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lightgreen

    some kids' shoes have flashing lights in them...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Francis14

    Bennie from Bennie and the Jets has electric boots...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mondegreen12

    Lei ha gli stivali elettrichi!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Curlygirly

    lols yes... it is a song by Elton John, Bennie and the Jets


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellybean58

    e anche, non domenticiamo un completo mohair.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeardropExplodes

    My hovercraft is full of eels


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UxorOptima

    Il mio aeroscivolante è pieno di anguille.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrDemetr

    I have come across a phrase book that had that sentence in it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweetpagankitty

    So far this sentence and 'sono una farfalla' are my favorites! ;p


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UxorOptima

    My favourite sentence is "Il mio serpente mangia le tue torte" I have never found anything better than that, either in Italian or in Norwegian :D This thread is great, though!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shelly718

    hey, don't forget about "il tuo anatra e il mio cena"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pdusek

    "Prendiamo la tigre dallo zoo" (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/342133) is the best one for me. But I fully agree, these are nice too.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweetpagankitty

    Hahaha! Duo really has some crazy sentences!


    [deactivated user]

      UxorOptima: You haven't been in the Portuguese. "The turtle lost the keys" there... I love this stuff.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisMc73

      Actually, there's a Chinese folktale/philosophical story about a man who dreamt he was a butterfly and woke suddenly, and was never sure afterwards if he was a man who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

      That would be Zhuangzi and his butterfly dream. I love that sentence, too. :o) Other favourites of mine are the blackbelt girl and the knife and the snake in the boot.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carrot24

      Whenever these types of sentences pop up I can't resist clicking the comment button. Laughter is good for the soul and Duo never fails :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grainemhaol

      Classic... "La plume de ma tante" has got nothing on this.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arbor92

      Late in the 19th century there was a shop in my town called the Orange Electric Shoe Company. It was a cobbler advertising that his shop's machine were electrically powered (The Orange comes from Orange County where this is) Made for a great historic photo of the sign.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/banay

      showoff! my shoes lace emselves up =P


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maggie314

      "Aw, he got the Velcros."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nnsph

      This is an awesome thread :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leo__mendel

      I am shocking with my electric shoes and my modern pants :o


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anna857144

      And your mother's modern table!!! Obviously planet duo


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

      Consulted three dictionaries, crossed my fingers and pushed "check". Glad to see so many good natured posts. These are the sentences that keep Duo fun but perhaps there is method behind the madness; perhaps it is to make us think and not just type commonplace expressions.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelC34941

      No, it's just poor monitoring. Subject-object-verb does not necessarily make a sentence unless it also makes sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      MichaelC...I disagree completely. A sentence is a grammatical structure that adheres to agreed upon linguistic norms that have nothing whatsoever to do with logic. Some notable poets such as Dr. Seuss, e.e.cummings, Alan Ginsberg, Bob Dylan have composed sentences that on the surface one might say, don't make sense. Sometimes they're even awarded a Nobel Prize.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonySambrook

      Le batterie sono incluse ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lauraRaite

      no, sempre sensa le batterie


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adrianospneves

      Le mie scarpe sono ibridi


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarinaPaula

      No, loro sono radiattivi.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hillaria

      I'm not sure what this means? Is it supposed to mean exciting? or stylish?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/criscarmi

      It is a compliment to say to someone "You look sharp" or "you're sharp", perhaps somewhere in the world being "electric" falls along these lines?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkpeak

      ?........and diamonds in the soles?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CompuChip

      Aweh aweh. È una ragazza ricca...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PkFf9D

      Only in Graceland


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenikitty

      elettrico - elettrica - elettrici - elettricHe !!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelioSanto

      I'd rather have flying shoes... :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dmmaus

      No, le mie scarpe non sono elettriche!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilAustiniano

      Allora, sono solari?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanBrowni

      Curiouser and curiouser...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maggie314

      Down the rabbit hole.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/missyjane_t

      I have heard of cement shoes...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carmen011588

      This is by far the best "follow discussion" I have seen so far. Funny!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HaroldWonh

      I can think of about three million occasions when I might want to say this . . .


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      supermollusc: Maybe the shoes 'ave an electric 'eel or sole. Either way, they sound fishy.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/supermollusc

      They are currently fashionable


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UxorOptima

      Get a lingot too :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UxorOptima

      Supermollusc, get a lingot :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/starbuck32123

      How I stole your girl.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fernandoarg

      Voglio un paio!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DehPuh

      Look up the use of the pronouns "ne" and "ci", they're hard to understand since they only exist in Italian, but they're really useful!

      The correct sentence would be "ne voglio un paio", with "ne" meaning "of them"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiveaJ

      After having a look on word reference it seems like elettrico/a can be figurative for 'alive'. It seems to me like it could be phrase one says when they can't find their shoes.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Johndilio

      Because I am Iron Man, that's why!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chaered

      For walking on Electric Avenue!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve598498

      Always good to learn things you will use in real life..


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arandaneri

      How is this any weirder than "you look hot"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/K3vinCrawford

      For Gary Numan it was a toss-up between friends and shoes. Guess it was friends that day.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrDemetr

      Whoa! Retro blast from 1979. Did Hazel O'connor wear an electric catsuit in 'Eighth Day'?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merotzia

      I will use this phrase often . Very useful .


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzanneWag3

      When in Italy...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maggie314

      I love you all! This thread was fantastic! XD


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LacyBC

      Tesla invented shoes? ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petra_Mambo

      Shoes with heater and in the summer with air condition?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fekkezaum

      Yeah, and they come with bluetooth as well


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Semakovskaya

      this thread made my day :DD


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Uyterschout

      "Le mie scarpe sono elettriche?" Perché, o perché? È il computer diventato insano?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tyttuutface

      "Tests conducted with electrically live shoes did not end well..."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GregD1

      I would camp out over night waiting in line for a pair of new Apple shoes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClaytonDal3

      Please stop dinging me for si.ple typos in english, i get it im a clutz. Now help me learn italian instead of just torturing me


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      Clayton, if it's any consolation, it's happened to me and I'm sure others more than once. Maddening. My advice: have a nice glass of chianti which # 1 will calm you and # 2 slow your typing down so you don't make those typos: "Allora, puoi prendere due piccioni con una fava!" Ciao.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anita388049

      I get more wrong answers because of my rushed English than my bad Italian.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rcpjenn

      Hey, the sentence makes you think and the comments have been, ahem, illuminating. I've learned several new words just reading through them, and I enjoyed it! A sentence may be nonsensical, but it lightens the mood and gets you thinking and, from interacting with y'all, promotes a sense of camraderie. What's so bad about that? Bring on the unusual sentences---they're fun and they make us think, and, I guarantee tou won't forget them!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

      my guess is it's static electricity they're talking about, but I agree your theories are more fun


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliMargot

      Just had to read the responses to this peculiar sentence! Am wondering why they give us such weird things to write unless it's a quirk in the italian language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grainemhaol

      My guess is they're trying to highlight the change here in the fem plural to 'cche' - as opposed to 'ci' in the masc plural. I don't really mind - it made me laugh out loud...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexUlanov

      Electric è color di scarpe?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlackSea

      What on God's green earth is THIS...?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlackSea

      It's actually a pile of words, most likely thrown together by some automatic-generation tool.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

      If This Is Just A Pile Of Words, So Is A Sentence. I'm Pretty Sure The Only Requirements For A Sentence Are For It To Be Grammatically Correct, No Matter Whether It Makes Sense Or Not, "Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously", For Example, Is A Sentence, Despite Being Complete Nonsense With No Discernibile Meaning.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkpeak

      maybe that's what the Wicked Witch of the West had concluded.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LacyBC

      Tesla had some spare time I see ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nancy53656

      Oh sì, boogie woogie woogie - le tue scarpe fanno la scivola elettrica!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lauriak

      Back to the future!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muyil
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      New interrogation shoes fol police to use???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tegethoff

      Electric footloose shoes!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevleo

      1970`s substance abuse?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/umed.1996

      Welcome to duolingo


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeldeParis

      I will definitely use this - over and over again - if I ever get arrested in Italy. Might as well go with the insanity plea...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadiaRausc

      Gianpaolo: Your monologue is indeed electrifying. To Duolingo: Thank you for sentences like this one: it gives me a chance to know my fellow students do have a great sense of humor without which I'll die, whether my shoes are electric or made of glass, or beef, or anything that requires a mental stop.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

      I always ask that when shoe shopping


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jar30pma23

      This sentence reads like something written by Gertrude Stein?!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aph-italia

      That would be pretty cool, tbh


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rcpjenn

      B-b-b-Bennie and the Jets.....


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GirlRedE

      Is my suit mohair?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beck.F.

      But... are friends electric!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beck.F.

      These aren't stupid or useless phrases. They are novel sentences to help us learn and recall words and sentence structure.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValerieJoh467088

      Its electrifying so can turn into a Ballroom Blitz (over 50s will get it) .


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMan97

      AHEM. I'm 28 years younger than 50 and I understand it......


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

      Who the hell has electric shoes?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

      That's the point. It's meant to be ironic.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Natalia674357

      Best italian sarcastic #"don't expect me to move faster" joke ever!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

      I agree.

      Nonna, per favore sbrigati. Ci mancherà l'aereo.

      Ma le mie scarpe sono elettriche !?! Sto andando più veloce che posso.

      Grandma, please hurry, we're going to miss the plane.

      You think I have electric shoes or something? I'm going as fast as I can.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnnyHern220746

      Just came for the comments


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew53527

      And they have a snake in them


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luciana.gu1

      Is it about color?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielNicolae15

      Nike Mag from Back to The Future II.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmerino_duo

      Hello the future (2015)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mirona1711

      This sentence sounds strange in English


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pdusek

      Compriamo la sedia elettricha per la madre de mia donna


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/silverwing26

      What? Duo, you have officially had to much vino. I'm adding this to the list of sentences you've taught us that leaves me scratching my head.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Captain-Noodles

      Those are some crazy shoes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMan97

      no, they run on gas.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaulodeAlm9

      Here #Duolingo, 10 lingots for the fine humour.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      For those unfamiliar with electric shoes (and there seem to be many such people judging by the comments on this section), please allow me to provide you with a little information on the subject of electric shoes - or indeed, electric footwear in general for that matter. There are basically two types of electric shoes: mains-powered and those reliant upon battery power. The battery-powered variety is the more popular owing to the fact that the length of electric cable of the mains-powered type severely limits the distance one may walk from one's house.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3000letters

      what a strange sentence


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolf1mtb

      What's with DL and footwear? Electric shoes. Knives in boots. Snakes in boots.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda814672

      Snake in my boot is a reference from Toy Story 2.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

      So I'm slow! What do you expect from me? Do you think I have electric shoes?

      È tipico umurismo Italiano. Va bene?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

      And don't forget the shoe that was eaten by the dog! :o)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Natalia674357

      This sentence sums up italian humour, sarcasm and their laid back way of life to a T! I love it! :D


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Natalia674357

      This sentence has the Italian humour, sarcasm and relaxed outlook of life all at once.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vesna0904

      Sorry, but the joke passed me by.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivaSummer

      Why do I remember this sentence so well knowing I will never use it in my entire life


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hetti468861

      I start to spend more time on reading comments to absurd sentences, than learning italian.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lelde198305

      What a stupid sentence. . Who invented such ❤❤❤❤


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

      When I visit Italy later this year, while walking in the Dolomites, if somebody ever asks me to walk faster, I fully intend to reply with that phrase. It’s so typically Italian.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolf1mtb

      I'm sure non-English speakers wonder why we say things like: "The devil's beating his wife" (raining when the sky is sunny) :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLySD9eGoy

      Just DON'T WEAR THEM TO THE MOVIES if they are!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiganFlorin

      Oh, electric shoes! Good. Do they come with an adapter for 110V outlet?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolf1mtb

      Ciao JoanneMuse! This strange sentence is a snarky colloquialism. When someone wants you to move faster and you're moving as fast as you can say: Are my shoes electric?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/santigeno

      forse, "scarpe con luci" è una interpretazione meglio?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vesna0904

      Honestly !!! What next ?????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ekWq8u

      Hahahahahahahaha!!! My second favorite after the phrase i found in greek "i am not a little insect"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CrazyEqlsGenius

      A causa mie scarpe, ora sono stato fritto. Ben fatto, Nike. Perché hai lasciato che Apple ti acquistasse? A causa tua, ora sono a fuoco. Ti molto applaudo. Ow. A proposito, ora ti sto facendo causa.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kayebullock1

      Our friends electric


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danceFallOuch

      When I listen to the recording of this sentence, I can't tell if it's a question or a statement. Am I missing something in the inflection?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GuerraAmanda

      Question inflexions are something you just get used too ^^


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ferrimed

      what a silly sentence!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisyaorancrazed

      can someone explain to me why the adjective comes at the end like english grammar instead of proceeding the noun (scarpe).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarinaPaula

      It's not English grammar. It's a normal "to be" sentence. "Sono" is the third person plural of essere, not a noun. You would say, "Io ho delle scarpe elettrice"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisyaorancrazed

      i was trying to ask why the adjective didn't come immediately after scarpe. i think you answered my question anyway though :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/darkpeak

      it follows the implied pronoun 'they'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espygur

      Is there another meaning to electric shoes or us duo just being funny?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aysiamilaan

      I dont know llaria are they?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrianC163

      In England, we sometimes say 'are things electric?' meaning are they cool. I can only imagine that that's what the sentence is referring to.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tanyahanna

      Anyone else thinking of Anchorman?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrancAngelo

      Can't you tell yourself?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Val361271

      Maybe this is referring to the Nike self lacing shoes??? This is all so funny.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yatto2

      like a robot from 1984


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Revilo_N

      Penso che si tratti di scariche elettriche quando si cammina attraverso i tappeti con le scarpe.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJWentworth

      Jes, ĉi tiuj elektraj ŝuoj estas la kialo, kial la malbela bebo dancas tiel rapide en la esperanto kurso.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aculady

      Benny and the Jets..."She's got electric boots..."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Revilo_N

      Are you saying this, when you go with your shoes over a carpet and it comes to electrical discharges? Stai dicendo questo quando vai con le scarpe su un tappeto e si tratta di scariche elettriche?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

      It depends. Is it a flying carpet? Does a black-belt girl sit on it? Does she have a snake in her boot? Does the snake eat your cake?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ladyvyper

      Benny and the jets?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlHVnq
      • 1093

      Siamo umani o siamo ballerini?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liz210218

      Mio dio! I haven't even done numbers yet!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadiaRausc

      i have been missing electrifying sentences a long time.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah151986

      Marty chiese al dottore


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TerryMay1

      There are ample comments here to show that the translation is ridiculous in English. Some one pay attention and fix it!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beck.F.

      Being that a lot of people have expressed the same thoughts, I thought I'd write out the long answer as to why there isn't anything wrong with 'le mie scarpe sono elettriche'.

      The direct, word for word, translation to English is 'The my shoes are electric'.

      It seems ridiculous because in English we would say, 'are my shoes electric' rather than 'the my shoes are electric'. However, the Italian language constructs sentences differently to English. In English the nearest direct translation might be 'the shoes, which are mine, are electric'. Consider, the Italian language uses older rules than modern language, and Italian sentence construction often differs to English.

      'Le mie cane ha fame' (the my dog has hunger) does the same thing. 'The dog, which is mine, is hungry' (or rather, 'the dog, which is mine, 'has' a current state of famine'). There is no direct, word for word translation which would make clear sense in English so we settle for a best approximation.

      Many Italian words translate to a modern definition that we can use in English but the etymology of the word in Italian shows its history and evolution. The same goes for sentence structure. Our modern English translates poorly but translating to older English styles gives a more coherent translation.

      In the end, I'd say it's English which bears the error, being that so much of it comes from Latin. Translating English and Italian words to Latin shows that English is the odd one out. The journey from Latin, through Italian to English is very visible when comparing the individual words. Sentence structure also sways between the style used in Latin and the style we are familiar with today.

      While the sentence might seem silly (no argument here) it gives us the opportunity to learn subject-object-verb (She him loves) agreement, rather than subject-verb-object (She loves him) as is used in modern English. And it does so using a memorable example.

      Italian, being an older but evolving language, alternates between both SOV and SVO, however it most often uses SVO. More languages around the world actually use SOV than SVO. Generally the older the language (P.I.E, Hindi, Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit) the more likely the language to use SVO. So learning one of these older languages or a closely related language like Italian, involves not just learning the words but also learning to form sentences in a new style and think in that new style.

      At the very least, I thought it was all interesting.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena92962

      I plug them in to charge overnight, ready to go in the morning. Really Duo???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena92962

      I plug them in to charge overnight, ready to go in the morning. Really Duo??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Waterflea1

      I haven't got a single pair of electric shoes. What is my mistake?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadiaRausc

      and my head is made of tin....


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NadiaRausc

      You still want an answer? Yes, yes, they are...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelPat627632

      How do you know when it's elettrici or elettriche?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AchillesKa

      are my friends electric?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathan519079

      Another useless phrase taught by Duolingo.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndesSky

      Good idea! Charge up shoes, gloves, beanies, scarves, jackets at home and at work ready to switch on while travelling or stargazing. Hmm... Activate flashing lights for Help, 'elp. I fell into a ditch !


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

      Not very good in the rain I imagine!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LusdaSilva7

      Electric shoes? A man in the bathtub? But who creates these sentences?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuliaKalap

      What does this suppose to mean? Just wondering when I might use this sentence.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

      When you're jet lagged and walking along long airport walkways and somebody tells you to hurry up. Use it then.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolf1mtb

      Great snarky colloquialism. Question: "Can you move any faster? Answer: "Are my shoes electric?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saveriocolasanto

      Elec-elec-electric shoes, they make me groove...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dennis264156

      Were those Sacco's last words, or Vanzetti's? . . .


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FabioMombasa

      are my shoes powered by high voltage stupidity?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vincenzo1202

      The adjective "electric" in my native Persian language means shiny when referring to objects such as shoes, floor, colors. So I suspect it means the same here in Italian. Le scarpe elettriche = Shiny shoes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erated8

      What On Earth Are Electric Shoes? Those Sneakers That Just Like Blink If You Stomp?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corrardo

      One day we may recharge our devices while walking! Convert kinetic energy into electical energy and ecco


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suzanne752236

      electric shoes????? Seven years since this was picked up last??????????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marconione

      What a doapy sentence...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZackReagin

      Lei ha degli stivali elettrici, un abito di mohair. Sapete, l'ho letto in una rivista?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ffyhuba

      Back to the future


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ffyhuba

      Back to the future


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ponkercake

      As in "Benny and the Jets"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JudithFish3

      sounds dangerous!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy959366

      Benny and the jets?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tomas258654

      Under occupations, we learned the word for researcher, a very common and necessary word in Italian. Now we learn how to ask if my shoes are electric, another very common question all Italian students need to learn!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouMimzy1

      What are electric shoes?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lwKz0Y

      No but my friends are


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/judith645848

      That does not make sence


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susiwind

      Strange sentence. Does it make any sense?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen525464

      Bonkers.... what is this obsession with electric shoes?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tmcornell

      "He's got electric boots, a mohair suit. You know I read it in a magazine, oh."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Moir1

      Do I have a mohair suit, too?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanV_Rev9

      Well I now know that electric shoes are. I had assumed that they had heaters in them or something....


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roseanna223913

      now there is a useful phrase. right up there with where is the bathroom


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antoni785764

      An extremelly popular type of "shoesy"! :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjf79b
      • 1564

      Doesn't make sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Derrik167614

      Kevin Arnold's band.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jill131224

      What on earth are "electric" shoes?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jill131224

      Right up there with "who is the man in the bath?' !!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LindaLanza3

      I do not understand!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FaisalWB

      Gotta got me a pair of these...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jill131224

      I discovered on looking for an answer to this apparently ridiculous statement that it is in fact an expression that can be used by Italians. What it actually means is "I can't walk any faster, do you think I have powered shoes?". Every language has expressions like this, and once explained make some kind of sense. I believe it would have been more helpful if this had been explained in TIPS as a learning experience, rather than generating endless discussion and ridicule on the Forum. 'Your snake is eating my cake' , 'Who is that man in the bath', do seem to fall into the fanciful category, however.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScouserDom

      that would be a shocking discovery!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jan822324

      What does this sentence mean??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jill131224

      Apparently it is an Italian saying which means ‘I can’t walk any faster, I don’t have electrically powered feet’.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gloria49193

      Only when you do the electric slide!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaureenMci7

      Next sentence, where do I plug them in and how long is the flex?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesterKl

      What does it even mean? Hahaha


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pat590727

      what on earth are electric shoes? and since they don't exist, why waste our time learning the phrase?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Revilo_N

      This will probably be said after walking over a carpet with your shoes and electrostatic charging has occurred. The rationale behind this sentence could be to learn the change of the spelling of "elettrica" with plural formation (namely to "elettriche").


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMan97

      These sentences are not for learning them for saying them, but more for getting familiar with the language. That would probably explain why we learned words like 'woman, child, soup,' before 'hi'.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia582394

      Really bad. We are suposing to learn here. With good real setences...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary940011

      What a stupid sentence


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBareBears

      Okay Duolingo... explain this sentence to me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LacyBC

      Tesla back in the lab; senz'wires (I don't know wires yet lol)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mo8ggD

      Um.... Ok then....


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0QUbiJuC

      A ridiculous sentence!!! What does it mean


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      OQU...Does it really matter what it means? You're learning vocabulary and sentence structure.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YVONNE686337

      ??electric shoes?? unheard of !!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      I guess you're from a small town or remote community.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yurg9

      never heard of electric shoes. Will I ever use this in a conversation? NO!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      Yurg9: Probably not, probably never, BUT haven't you learned/reviewed sentence structure, word order, the verb 'essere', proper use of possessives, maybe a new vocabulary word 'elettriche'??? Do you really think that the only purpose these sentences serve is to provide users with an endless number of sentences they can memorize verbatim and use in some given situation. Expect that, and you're not going to learn how to be very creative in the language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germanlehrerlsu

      What does this possibly mean? Could DL not come up with a more logical subject: my coffee pots, radios, fans, clocks, etc.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ferryanoli

      Does not make sense


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birdfishy

      Do you forbid question setters from having a sense of humour? They need it , because they are bored stiff with trying to make up questions for language beginners like us who have a very limited vocabulary. I am speaking from my experience as a high school languages teacher!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marzia230027

      This is not a relevant sentence in English


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyBar23923

      If they are J's, then yes, they are electric


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amymaclennan

      "Are my shoes shocking?" not sure why this was not acceptable unless the meaning was supposed to be literal, in which case that is too weird.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thorpyuk

      Do you really need to ask the question?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iqueiroz.go

      Shut up and take my lingot!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andyitalian

      Sentence doesnt make sense. What are electric shoes?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CobGu3

      If you have to ask, you don't deserve to know haha


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kathi_M

      Really? They must be able to come up with better sentences. I'm getting the feeling that they have robots scouring vera, subjects and adjectives and putting them together in very silly sentences.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuciusVorenusX

      But on the other hand... you must admit that sentences like this are really, really hard to forget and are therefore more likely to make the language stick. The down side is that with some of these (including this one) I have to think "They cannot POSSIBLY mean that..."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlackSea

      That's entirely possible.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tzar_ivan

      Una domanda non è utile


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marcoreos

      what situation would even require you to use this sentence


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bert2603

      Stupid sentence!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CompuChip

      I am sorry, I know that DL sometimes has weird sentences and usually I can see the humour. But I really have no clue in what context "electric shoes" could possible make sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiveaJ

      It seems to be figurative for 'alive'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carolfair

      Sometimes these sentences are ridiculous ... do they think we are really going to need this while travelling???????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mhm2908

      What a ridiculous sentence - I suppose we can't expect too much from a free course though.

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