Translation:I go to high school.
Age. I've been complaining about this for YEARS.
The fix is not technically difficult.
They simply don't care to make their lessons correct.
As long as they keep getting new users, they have no motivation to fix incorrect content.
They are not Intrinsically motivated people, or an intrinsically motivated company.
True educators, as well as true students are.
To be sure, deciding and adding the additional readings, as well as auditing the current lessons to fix this is would take a bit of time/effort. But it is not difficult.
Also the changes to the code is not technically difficult. That part would take much less effort.
In either case, is a one time effort. Forever profit. Forever make this app 1000 times better. Peeps would learn so much more, learn efficiently/quickly, and competing rate would soar.
If only they actually cars about the educational value, as the pretend to in advertising, hype, and outreach.
It's sad. Yes, this app provides value, and has made language learning accessible and more attainable to more people than ever. But they dropped the ball, and have created INCORRECT LESSONS that they have no intention of fixing. Ever. They have created lessons that HINDER learning, cause confusion (which is difficult to eradicate from our brains once it enters), and basically counteracts much of the good/benefits that they brought.
Essentially this is their cash cow. And they'd rather as superficial changes, such as changing the graphics, or creating "games" ( gaming the app to make it addictive or really on or competitive nature) as their focus to continually increase revenue. This would be ok, IF it wasn't at the expense of creating CORRECT CONTENT, and INCORRECT LESSONS.
The other TINY change they COULD make to the code, is too allow us to INCREASE FONT SIZE AND WEIGHT, so that characters are VISIBLE on a writer Rane if devices, and for penne with less than perfect eyesight. Many devices have high dpi, so characters are SUPER TINY. Making Japanese, and (in some places even English) to difficult to SEE/read.
This is a simple fix. It's called ACCESSIBILITY. Even small fine software include options allowing users to increase font size when needed. But big time a DuoLingo, that is SUPPOSED to care about EDUCATING, REFUSES.
I've been asking for this for YEARS.
Even in Spanish, i and í are virtually indistinguishable.
In Japanese が。か。 are indistinguishable. ぷ。ぶ。ふ 。 eyc are virtually indistinguishable. Don't even get me started on kanji. Kanji needs to be written in a taller font than English! 塗 for example is all good together. How can I tell that apart from a similar but different character when I cannot even see what it is. It's hard enough when I CAN make it the detail.
Until they do this, is an ametuer app. And they are NOT professional teachers.
Sure is useful. And they did make a breakthrough in the way they are teaching. But it can only be as good as the content. If the content is incorrect, then it's bad content.
If it's not accessible, then they are gate keeping, have no empathy, and aren't REALLY trying to help people, or teach, either.
Not necessarily. 「行っています」 would suggest one is currently on their way to school, i.e. already walking/in the car/on public transport, and indeed you can say "I am going to school (now/already)" in that situation.
However, it's very common in English to say "I am going to school" while still at home, or not presently moving towards school. In this situation, the correct Japanese translation uses 行きます, simple present/non-past tense.
This was always difficult for me to understand, but I believe when using a motion intransitive verb like 行く with the continuous form て いる, it doesn't mean currently doing that verb. It means that verb is complete, so in this case, 学校に行っています means you went to school and are still at school, not in the process of going to school. Ask a native speaker or read a grammar book to get a better idea, but just so you're aware. To say you're on your way to school or currently going to school, I think it would be 学校に行く中(ちゅう)です. Someone will have to correct me if I'm remembering wrong. It's been a few years since I was in Japan.
Why is に used, instead of へ? I've already seen へ as directional particle, so I thought に was only situational, but this sentence tells me it doesn't work this way...
If I'm not wrong (based on what I've studied):
You may use に to say you're going to an especific place and へ to say you're going in that direction (there's a slight difference in the meaning of the sentence), for example:
あなたのいいうに行きます。 (You're house is the destination, in this case. I'm probably going to do something there.)
あなたのいいうへ行きます。 (Here, I'm going in your house's direction, may even give you a ride lol)
To be fair, in the previous set of exercises, we were taught that 小学 and 中学 mean elementary and middle school, respectively.
In fact, 小学 and 中学 are just abbreviations of 小学校 and 中学校, where 学校 is the full word for "school". Unfortunately it's just a weird quirk of the language that 高校 is the abbreviation of 高等学校 (lit. "high quality learning school"), not 高学.
It may be necessary to clarify who you are talking about depending on the context. Since there is no context in these exercises, I guess they just wanted to show how this variation looks. You wouldn't be required to add the "I" part if you had translated the sentence the other way.
Yes. "Go to" is simple present tense, typically used in English to describe a habitual action which is not necessarily happening as we speak. "Am/is going to" is present progressive tense, which is used to describe an action which is currently occurring. In English, it is also used to indicate the intent to do an action in the near future, in the same way "will go to" is used. (Note, there is also "have/has been going to", which is present perfect tense and describes the state of having a continual habitual action).
In Japanese, 行きます is used to describe the habitual action and the intent to do an action. 行っています is used for currently occurring actions and the state of having a continual habitual action.
Yes. Simple present tense verbs in Japanese are used in three different ways, and they can be differentiated by context:
1) general declarative statements, e.g. "Students go to school." 学生は学校に行きます。
2) habitual actions, e.g. "Students go to school every day." 学生は毎日(まいにち="every day")学校に行きます。
3) near-future, or intent to do, actions, e.g. "I will go to school tomorrow." 明日(あした="tomorrow")、わたしは学校に行きます。
There is no future tense in Japanese. To express a future action, the present tense is used. You can use a word like "tomorrow", a date like "2020" or just a vague "in the future" to add clarity, but it is optional. In this case, in the absence of context, I hear this sentence in Japanese as future, not present tense. In English, when we say "I go to high school," the correct translation is not ”高校に行く" but "高校生だ。” You are not saying that you actually physically going anywhere, you are just saying that you are a student at a high school, as opposed to middle school or working full time.
I am seeing a problem with this course in that many of the translations are too "literal". They are not taking culture into context and what the speaker is actually trying to convey or express, or how ideas and feelings are typically expressed. The physical act of going to school is not 行く、but 行ってくる、or 通う、because it is a temporary outing。So I hear "attend" not "go". But if you are already attending, you state that you are a high school student because in Japanese, it's just one word not 3 like in English. People like efficiency regardless of culture. So if you are not a high school student (yet), then the tense must be future.
Literally, yes, but the Japanese does retain the dual meaning like in English, as OP mentioned. When someone says 高校に行きます, the assumption isn't that they go for fun or as a hobby.
For example, if you asked a kid who looked high school age what they do on weekdays, and they said "I travel to high school", you might think 1) that was a smart-alec answer, and 2) they are a high school student. It's the same in Japanese, except not smart-alecky.
However, if you asked an adult, and they answered the same "I travel to high school", you might think 1) they are a teacher, 2) they are going back to finally get their high school diploma and get their life on track, or 3) they are a creep. Again, these are the same in both English and Japanese.
It does, but perhaps it hasn't been added into the list of accepted answers yet.
I should also clarify that it means "I'm going to high school" if you mean "I will go to high school" (i.e. future tense), but not if you mean "I am currently on my way to high school" (i.e. present progressive tense).
What if you're a teacher? Granted you'd more likely say "I'm going to work", but "I'm going to high school" is still accurate if you mean it in the present progressive tense.
Also, nitpicking your nitpick: I was discussing "I
'm going to high school" in my previous comment, not "I go to high school".
But, it doesn't seem odd to me at all, if you think a bit broader about how you use language. It depends on what question you're being asked, right?
- "Why do you get concession rates on public transport?" The most natural answer would be "I am a high school student", but the other two options would still get your point across.
- "What college/university do you go to?" To me, "Umm, I am [still] in high school" is the most natural option, but again, the others would still work.
- "What do you do during the week?" This question seems to lend itself to the somewhat smart-aleck response (probably typical of a high school student, or maybe that's just me) of "I go to high school", but again, the other options will be understood.
Japanese verbs don't have tenses like English verbs. They have aspect. "Iku/ikimasu" is non-past which means that "ikimasu" expresses either customary or future action. It doesn't correspond to the English present progressive. For that the Japanese uses "itte iru/itte imasu" which indicates "being in a state of going" which can correspond either to the English present progressive or present perfect, "is going" or "has gone."
Yes, that's what I was alluding to in my original comment to @Dimi837573. "Is going" is NOT always present progressive tense in English, so "I'm going to high school" IS a valid translation for わたしは高校に行きます, IF you mean to use "is going" as future tense, e.g. "I am going to the beach this weekend."
No, you can't. There is a specific particle for saying "also", も which has been introduced in an earlier exercise I believe.
In fact, using は here can almost be interpreted as the exact opposite of "also". By saying わたしは, the speaker is saying "as for me (unlike everyone else)".
Literally, the fact that "watashi wa" is stated means that "I," as contrasted with all other possible topics, am the one to whom the statement applies. The comment "koukou ni ikimasu" means either "go to high school as a habitual action" or "will go to high school." Japanese being a very contextual language, which it means would depend on who said it under what circumstances. Whether it effectively can mean "I (not anyone else) am a high school student" I would like to hear from a native Japanese speaker.
The deficiency of "functional translation" in teaching foreign language is clearly demonstrated in streams of questions and comments on various "functional translations" by Duo Lingo. There is specific semantic content and syntactic function in the target sentence that must be learned by the student. "Functional translation" that does not reflect what is going on in the language generates a lot of questions, false asumptions, and confusion that is unnecessarily obstructive to learning the foreign language.
This question doesn't seem to accept the 私 (watashi) kanji? I guess it only wants it spelled out in Hiragana. There are other questions where I have entered the kanji and it was accepted, so I feel like this question is the oddity. I double checked to be sure I had entered everything else correctly.