I'm a native English speaker. Things can be in windows! And one case in Hungarian is not necessarily going to equate to the same preposition in English all the time. Don't get frustrated with the course makers. It's a privilege to be able to access something as amazing as this for free. It's in beta and it's not going to get better if we just throw our hands in the air. Report things. Discuss things. Help improve it. Give back to the course.
Whooee, got my rant going. The number of ungrateful people complaining about the course is too damn high.
I agree. There are a lot of problems in the course, but it's still beta, and the people are doing it for free. So they have to do other jobs to earn money and therefore their time is limited. Things do get fixed. It's slow, though. I've been doing this course since it was first available, maybe 3 months ago? In that time, I've probably made at least 100 reports. I often made 5 or more reports per day. (Not so much now, because I spend more time reviewing stuff I come across problems I've already reported.) Anyway, in that time, I've received maybe 3 messages saying they've accepted a report of mine. But I don't know the whole story and I'm sure there are good reasons why it moves slowly.
A couple of weeks ago I send a message to Abak... something (sorry, I can't remember his screen name at the moment - I mean the one who is the lead among the course creators), volunteering to give feedback about the English translations. I never heard back. I wasn't asking to join the team (I think you have to be bilingual in the source and target languages in order to be on the team), but I would have been quite willing to help out. That's too bad, I would really like to see this course succeed. Despite its problems, I've learned a lot in the past 3 months.
Why is ablakban "at the window" in one sentence, but "in the window" in another?
"in the window" i immediately interpreted as "framed by the window frame" like being in a picture/photograph.
I'd suggest to course creators maybe:
Ki laksz az ablakban?
Who do you see in the window?
If the translation here now also accepts at, i do not get the whole inessive case we are supposed to learn in this chapter. It should be something inside something. Not nearby or whatever at here would then mean.
Yeah, it's one of those fun idiomatic corner-cases that doesn't make much of a logical sense, but you need to have heard about it, at least. I'm not a fan of this one here, since it doesn't come up very frequently.
Your sentence would make more sense (and there are a couple of similar sentences here), but I need to put a small correction here, since you made a fun thing.
Laksz is a conjugation of lakik, so it means "to live". "Who do you live in the window?" No, your sentence would need to be "Kit látsz az ablakban?" The verb is lát, and you need kit since you're asking for a direct object now.
So, am i correct to assume that in the following context i could use the following sentence without it sounding all too unnatural:
So, i'm sitting in the backseat of the car, my Hungarian friend (let's call him János) is driving. He says let's go to the Burger King drive-through and get some burgers, so we go there, we order them and at the window where you pick your food up, a friend of ours (let's call him Jimmy) is there, We didn't know Jimmy worked at Burger King,. So, János says: check it out ,Jimmy is on the other side of the window. I didn't hear Janós very well. So i ask János: "Ki van az ablakban?"
You can use it like that. I would personally use ablaknál in this situation, but both work here.
A small modification to the original sentence would make it have a more natural use: "Ki az az ablakban?" - "Who is that in the window?", where you can actually point at somebody. You can use this whenever you see someone in a room, close to a window, while you're on the outside. Or when someone is looking out, which happens quite frequently with older ladies in Eastern Europe. :)
Pierre, if you also tell me how "Who is at the window?" is typically used in English, I might be able to help. :)
Ablakban only really works when you're outside and you see someone on the inside through a window, and maybe also the other way around. They need to be framed by the window frame, so to say.
If you're just talking about someone being close to some window, ablaknál works better.