The previous drop-down translation I saw for agradecer was thanks. I am wondering if in English this also translates as "to be thankful". This was accepted as a translation on a previous question. I think this sentence should also translate at "We are thankful to the architect." At this point, this translation is marked as wrong.
Are there any fluent BP speakers who can comment on this?
"To be thankful" usually involves something more than simply expressing appreciation.
"We use thankful when we are relieved that something unpleasant /dangerous didn’t happen:
A: I heard you were in an accident. Are you okay?
B: There was some damage to the car. I’m just thankful that no one was injured.
I have a question about pronunciation : in a previous lesson, PaulEnrique told me that when "de" is not at the end of a word, it is pronounced "dé" (at the end of the word it's "djee")...
so, if it is always true, why is the voice pronouncing "agra djee cemos" when saying the whole sentence, and "agradécemos" when I select the word ?
different accent depending on the area of living ?
Hm... I'm a Brazilian who lives in Portugal and for me it doesn't make any sense. The pronunciation of "de" will be really different depending on the region. Then, let's talk about the accent used here in Duolingo, which is the one spoken in São Paulo region. When "de" is in the beginning or middle of a word, it is pronounced more like the "de" in the English words "independent" or "day" and the "djee" can be heard, if I'm not wrong, when "de" is located in the end of the word or isolated. The "dé" sound only appear when the word has the acute diacritical mark above the "e" (é), turning this vowel more opened. In the northeast region, the pronunciation of the vowel "e" is generally more opened. In this case a word like "americano" is pronounced more like "américano", even though the correct written form of the word have to remain without the diacritic. So, I don't understand why you hear "djee" em "agradecemos". It is also true that the "d" sound is in general more soft in comparison with English, but you shouldn't hear "agre djee cemos" or either "agra dé cemos", because I cannot.