How am I supposed to know what "Chiamo" means when it's a new word..? It was marked as new (highlighted in orange), but when I hovered over it, it only told me it was a new word :) More people that have this issue? I can't paste any screenshot, otherwise I would have shared it.
Hi Duolingo Mod - please report the blank hint under chiamo. I know it has been reported by many people for the past 3 years. I am hoping it will take one last time to get it fixed. :-) By the way, I went to Goggle Search, we all know Google Search does not translate well, but, Duolingo did not have the link so I felt I would give it a shot as sometimes Google Search is correct. It said: I am the cook! LOL
The hover is wrong. "Chiamare" means "to call".
Since I haven't heard ' chiamo' yet I hovered over the word for a hint and got 'get' so I used that. " I get the cook" but it was incorrect apparently. It isn't proper English but neither is "I call the cook" The correct sentence would be " I will call the cook" or "I did call the cook" It needs an adverb.
Sounds like a problem with the hover hints. The appropriate translation is "I call the cook" or "I am calling the cook", because "chiamare" means "to call" and right now, everything is in the present tense. There is nothing ungrammatical about "I call the cook".
Besides which, the "will" in "will call" that makes it future tense and the "did" in "did call" that makes it past tense are not adverbs. They are auxiliary verbs. Adverbs describe how it happened, such as "loudly" or "quickly".
The unconjugated form is called the infinitive. And yes, knowing the infinitive is very useful because then you can conjugate all the regular verbs (which is most of them).
There is actually a second -ire conjugation that a handful of verbs use. I don't think you can predict which ones follow that template, though. (Then again, it's hard to predict which verbs are irregular.)
When you hover over "chiamo" to check for meaning, it translates to "get" which is incorrect. Chiamo is the "i" conjugation of chiamare which means, "to call." VERY different. I took italian for 7 years, and am using duolingo as a refresher. I can't help but to notice the discrepancies in definitions, translations, article placements, and conjugations.