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

Why is the Romanian course so political?

Personally, I LOVE this side to the course. Now I can sound very smart when I speak (something I can't achieve in English XD). But is there a reason on why it focuses on it so much?

November 19, 2016

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

I see you're rather far into the course (congratulations for that!); do you mind giving some examples of sentences?


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

For example, I recently finished the "People" skill and I learned sentences like "The German community from Romania is very small", "The lady comes from the other union", "We are building a new society for Romania" and "We have many cultures in the United States of America".


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

Those don't seem particularly political to me.


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

What about this one? „Ne e rușine din causa corupției din țara.”


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

Well, these are not so much political as merely stating some facts. German community in RO is indeed very small, there are many cultures in US and we are indeed trying to build a new society in RO after the regime change in '89. At least we did not say liberals are better than republicans or something like this :-) It seems that you missed the one with "the US president closed the borders" That is very political indeed :-)))


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

As someone who adores Romanian history, I'll take all the historically oriented sentences I can get.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1gn1t10n

Look for the audiobook "O scurtă istorie a românilor povestită celor tineri" by Neagu Djuvara.


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

Those are interesting sentences but they don't seem particularly political to me.


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

Maybe you were doing the "nations" and "politics" circles? I met them too :)


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

Those are pretty interesting. Although the "People" section in Italian was similar, I'll admit it wasn't as politically sounding compared to this course.


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

Interesting sentences.


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

DL sentences for particular languages do seem to dimly reflect political circumstances in the countries where those languages are spoken. I remember sentences like "Chega de corrupção!" in my Brazilian Portuguese tree.


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

There's one in the Swedish course saying "Everybody has to pay tax.". :-) And a few other ones referring to gay marriage or women priests, some of which seem to have confused some learners...

But these all depend on what the course contributors have come up with. The original courses built by Duolingo staff are pretty boring in this regard...


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

The only Romanian sentence that has struck me as particularly bad is the "is he Scottish or British" one. The "Are Scots British?" question is supremely political, tied into all kinds of other interesting disputes (ie: whether the descendant of Anglo-Saxon spoken in the Lowlands is the Scots Language, the Scottish dialect of English, etc.), and is inherently stupid.

If you're using British in a geographic sense Scotland is on the island of Great Britain so there is no or. Scotland is on an island, the island is Britain, so he is both Scottish and British.

If you're talking about the nation-state, British is a word they had to invent when Scotland decided to be in the same country as England (at the time Wales was a mere region of England), so keeping the name "Britain" would be analogous to the Wallachians insisting on being Romania even after all of Moldova seceded and 26/32 of the counties of Transylvania decided to rejoin Hungary. So the word "British" will become meaningless and he's clearly Scottish.

Don't get me wrong, it's possible they keep calling it Britain. The remaining 6/32 of Ireland would probably fight to keep the name, and the Welsh are not likely to want to go back to the "England and Wales" days, but if the Scotland/England union breaks up it's not entirely clear that any Union with England can survive...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jesus849123

It's political :)


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

No problem for me for a little cultural learning through political sentences.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marko246521

I have not noticed anything political about the Romanian course. That is something to which I'm sensitive. There's only one language I'm learning on Duolingo where there is a political bias and it's not Romanian.

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