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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmi2012

"El año pasado llovió más que este año."

February 7, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmi2012

why can't the program accept idiomatic English translations? it is not natural to the way we speak


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

It is a computer program, and does not like nuance. ;) It will adapt, but cahnges must be coded in manually by a human. I found it less frustrating to give Duo the basic translations it prefers rather than trying to convince it to accept idiomatic, or "better," translations. It became easier to simply "learn Spanish" rather than try to turn it into wonderful English. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dac123

I'm grateful for Duolingo as a tool to learn language(s).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmi2012

i think i have three influences: first, i was a teacher all my life & it is very easy to fall into a given set of strategies; second; i'm in Honduras 3-4 times a year working with schools and i don't really hear them speaking this 'exact' Spanish since i'm with family, friends, kids & teachers, so i write what i know (that could be working against me); and third, i speak fluent French and when i've tried to do the translations Duo always tell me i'm wrong when i know i'm totally correct. i guess 'nuanced' is a good way to describe it; maybe the program could become more intuitive as people work with it. ¡Gracias!


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

Yep. I'm a retired history prof, doctoral minor in English, Spanish is fourth (after Latin, Greek, Hebrew) "new" language, and I am a repeat visitor to Mexico and Argentina (Which has 'another' language, but I digress!) -- and have grown tired of "swimming upstream" against Duo's strange ways. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

It can accept them but you have to file a report and someone at duolingo will decide if it is a close enough fit and if it is it will be added to the database.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmi2012

thank you. so they monitor the discussions and see these comments, or do you have to directly report it to them?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

There is a report button you use during lessons/practice. I think in this case you would select, "my translation should be accepted" or something like that.


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

ah! 4 new words in one sentence? hard to get it all right.


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

Why can't we say "Last year rained more than this year?"

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