"Tu mergi la geografie sau la geologie?"

Translation:Do you go to geography or to geology?

December 22, 2016

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Is this a question about what field you plan to study? In that case, I would use "Are you going into geography or geology?"

December 22, 2016

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Either that, or just about which class you're going to now. The English translation is pretty weak, indeed.

December 22, 2016

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Yeah, the translation should be in the present continuous, to talk about what the person is doing right now or is about to do in the imminent future. As in: 'Are you going to geography or geology?'

The biggest pedagogical flaw with Duolingo is lack of context - which is essential for learning any language. People learn more easily when they can put things in a recognisable context and link it with the schemata of things that they already know. In the context of a conversation between two school students in the school corridor, this line would make perfect sense.

January 16, 2017

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You're right. But I think it's much better in really developed courses (e.g. EN->ES), where there's the Immersion category where people can view translations and make their own. From what I've seen a lot of users get most of their XP there and the skill tree just serves as a way to learn stuff like conjugations, inflections and basic sentence structure.

January 16, 2017

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Well, this is something I wanted to know : what do you call EN->ES courses and where can I find them ? Also, I heard somewhere that the immersion courses do not exist anymore ? My other question is: when you reach level 25, CAN YOU SPEAK FLUENTLY ? I might be able to do it in Romanian because it is close to my language ( French) and to Spanish-Portuguese and Italian , which I speak very fluently. since more than 50 years. On the other hand, I am at level 25 in Russian, but I cannot speak ! What would you recommend ?

November 23, 2017

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I am in the same situation. I have practiced four of the five romance languages almost every day for the past 5 yrs and have not gained the fluency I thought I would obtain. Looks like the best solution is "total immersion"; i.e., living in a foreign country for a while in order to force yourself to learn the languages you've been studying in Duolingo.

November 24, 2017

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Well, actually the translation method counts as totally outdated in all up-to-date language-teaching methodologies and there is sound reason for that. It seems the brain works much better in acquiring new languages by making reality correspond to terms in the brain in a more direct way - to the terms itself and not via other terms. I'm using duolingo as it's an easy way to start doing a new language without having to think too much of the method you're going to use. With a rare language as Romanian I would have had some problems finding the correct self-study book, ordering it etc. Lack of context seems as a lesser problem for me, maybe because I've been studying a lot of languages until now and I'm a kind of used to learning things out of a context. What bothers me more is why Duolingo never shows any signes of having heard of the existence of progressive tenses

May 16, 2018
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