The most natural English translation of this I believe is "how do you write this" since English often uses "you" to represent the generic unspecified subject, similar to "one" which is not frequently used is speech. So I believe this should be accepted, but would be interested in hearing why it should not.
how do you write this - איך את/ה כותב/ת את זה and it is common in Hebrew as well
'How to write this' is not really an English question by itself, or certainly a very unusual one. It could be part of a longer sentence. Eg 'Can you show me how to write this?'
I second all of the comments above that complain that "How to write this" is not how a native English speaker would speak. It sounds lime what a recent immigrant might say. For example, from Spain. (Or from Israel!)
This is the explanation given at the bottom of the lesson about infinitives, and I quote,
"You might come across a sentence where the question word "how" is used with an infinitive. It might be translated as "How to ..." (e.g. how to do it?), but in some cases the translation could be a bit unnatural.
This kind of sentence could also be translated as "How does one..." / "How shall/do I/we..."
For example (when using the infinitive "לכתוב" - to write): איך לכתוב את זה? = How does one write this? / How do I write this etc. " I translated this as, "How do I write this" and it was marked wrong, but it is one of the irregular translations described in the explanation of infinitives.
How do I write this mean "איך אני כותב את זה". The practice sentence is general, it asks how should it be (writen), not how someone (specific) write it. The context is right, it is the literal translation that not precised
Where does one find these lessons, @CarbonFibreSwan, or anyone? I have used Duolingo a lot, and never seen a lesson, or a link to them. Thanks Dan
You can only see the lessons from the computer website version, not from the phone app. When you click on one of the Sub-Groups, scroll down before clicking on a lesson, and there will be information about grammar and other language help.
If you are totally new to duo, you'll need the tips and notes,
how to get tips and notes:
organized by skill in one pdf for the whole course: https://www.docdroid.net/JnfmyEV/tipsnotesbackup.pdf
Replace your username where USERNAME is for information on your progress & the tips & notes: https://duome.eu/USERNAME/progress
The whole course tips and notes are here (and the site has one for each Duolingo language): ,organized by skill individually: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Hebrew
You can also get them on the duolingo.com site (make sure your browser is in desktop view mode so you can see the other duolingo features like discussions & timed practice (the language clubs are only on the app though). From discussions you can search for all the discussions in this course (like this one you're reading, as well as see general duolingo discussions). If you can't see discussions on the main screen once logged into duolingo you're not in desktop view.
Not quite. I would translate "hos should this be written" as איך כותבים את זה. I would say איך לכתוב את זה only if I am actually pen in hand, paper ready, writing down something and asking for advice on how (probably more phrasing than spelling). איך כותבים את זה is more idiomatic, how is it spelled.
The answer should be English. This is a course to teach Hebrew to English speakers. When learning a language, one difficult aspect is learning that you cannot translate sentences word for word, else the sentences cease to make sense in the translated language. If I were an interpreter, and the Hebrew speaker I was interpreting for asked someone this question, I would not look at the native English speaker and say, "How to write it?". I would say, "How is this written?", or, "How do you write this?" The you in this case is not a specific "You". It is a general question, and "you" is a placeholder for the noun.