Translation:They are students.
The らは is really hard to distinguish from the pronunciation - her speed and emphasis make it seem like just one sound - so if you're working on trying to translate by what you hear, that makes this question easy to stumble over. I'd love for them to tweak the audio a bit.
Please report all the app recordings you find that are garbled, have poor compressing, or simply sound incorrect!
It may take a while, but with enough reporting, they may eventually take action to fix the errors.
It IS important for the audio to be correct. We are doing or best to mimic these sounds when we speak.
And to train or ears to understand the spoken language, we need to test ourselves by answering the questions after listening to the audio only, without reading. MANY exercises are impossible, because the app is to garbled.
Fast, but clear and accurate is one thing. We can listen over and over until or ears and brains pick up and distinguish the sound into words.
Garbled, or inaccurate audio is INEXCUSABLE for a language learning app. DuoLingo really needs to responsibly fix these errors.
They were ok for a first pass, as a placeholder while developing the coursework..
But an audit needs to happen.
To legitimately be considered a TEACHING TOOL. And WE need to do or part in holding them accountable, and bringing awareness to remaining issues, by reporting errors.
As it is, the garbled, and incorrect audio recordings are hindering learning objectives. Also they are there major readings pepper give up and quit the platform.
- ..the major reasons people give up and quit the platform.
(Inability to SEE characters because the font is to small for many devices, and DuoLingo NOT SUPPORTING ACCESSIBILITY via letting us increase the default font size, is another reason people abandon the app, or reuse to buy memberships.)
On another sentence, "students" was rejected with "college students" as the correct answer. This time, "university students" was marked incorrect. Please fix the inconsistency. In UK English, university = college, and in English, a "student" usually refers to a university student anyway, unless otherwise stated.