Translation:We want a little boat for our adventure.
Is it my imagination or are they throwing a bunch of new words at us with this lesson without marking them as "new" or teaching them what they mean in advance? I didn't know "piccola", "barca", "per" or "avventura" going into this lesson. I've seen a lot of this in this lesson in particular.
Nope, it isn't your imagination. That's actually the way things are done on Duo. You'll get used to it. You can hover over words to get the meanings but beware the hints are not always reliable to get a good online dictionary. Have a look at some other hints here:
And here although I think it's not up to date is certainly is helpful: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1352379$from_email=commentcomment_id=4905530
Thanks. It just seems strange especially to have a verb thrown at you and then have to conjugate it right off the bat. I've now gotten in the habit of making a screen shot of the "conjugate" pop-up box, taking a few minutes to memorize the verb forms, and then moving on with the lesson. Seems like an odd flow, but that's what it is.
I've noticed this as well and I HATE it! An eight word sentence and 4 of them are new words? It's too much information to cram into our brains at once, and I'm not one to think it's purposeful, honestly. I think they're doing a bad job of paying attention to which sentences make it into which lessons. It's getting really frustrating! /rant
Actually French and Italian are not so different in this regard. Una piccola barca would be une petite barque in French. Very common adjectives such as good and bad, big and small and some others tend to come before the adjective, so in French you will find sentences like un bon ami, la mauvaise reponse, une petite voiture. Like French, Italian also has adjectives which have different meanings depending on whether they precede or follow the noun e.g. un vieux ami/un vecchio amico - an old friend (a friend I have known for a long time) vs. un ami vieux/un amico vecchio - a friend of advanced age.
There is a discussion here that classes adjectives preceding the noun as functional adjectives and those following the noun as descriptive adjectives