"くつをハンカチでみがかないでください。"

Translation:Please do not clean your shoes with a handkerchief.

June 22, 2017

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dzshu49

"Polish" is a much closer translation of 磨く than clean, and thus should not be counted wrong

June 22, 2017

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

Yes, exactly! Google translate even suggests that I was trying to translate Polish--the language! And as the children of Japanese immigrants, in my experience, "磨く" does sound more like "to polish" than "to clean".

June 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V2Blast

It was accepted for me.

August 31, 2017

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

靴をハンカチで磨かないで下さい

July 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slash513421

靴をハンカチで磨かないでください

September 5, 2017

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

So it's not "polish" now but "clean"???

August 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V2Blast

"polish" was accepted for me.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew968791

Please do not polish your shoes with the handkerchief was rejected, as I did not say "a handkerchief".

February 2, 2018

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

"please don't clean your shoes with your handkerchief" rejected

December 18, 2017

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

I guess Duo is convinced you would only use someone else's handkerchief to clean your shoes.

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/James151779

Yes, apparently it will not take either "your handkerchief" or "the handkerchief," but only "a handkerchief." This seems to be rather picky to me. More importantly, how is one supposed to tell from the provided information? [Other than guesswork and memorization.]

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laura209845

In one sentence, 靴を磨か can be "shine", but here Duo only allows "polish".

November 27, 2017

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

we shine our shoes or we polish our shoes. Both are common for this meaning.

May 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cecil164832

はい!水とコットンの布とナイロンの靴下をつかいます。Seriously. You put a layer of polish on with the cotton cloth. You then put on a layer of water, then a layer of polish again. Rub with the nylon and your shoes will shine.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esper336269

ハン in ハンカチ sounds like "pan" in my audio, bugged?

June 4, 2019

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

"don't polish the shoes with a hankie please" was marked wrong. Is the problem "hankie", or "the", or the position of "please"? Who knows... 2. "please don't polish the shoes with a hankie" - wrong. 3. "please do not polish the shoes with a hankie" - wrong 4. "please don't clean the shoes with a hankie" - wrong 5. "please don't clean your shoes with a hankie" - I guess they don't like the word hankie, then :D 6. "please don't polish the shoes with a handkerchief" - right. tsk. "hankie" is a perfectly good word.

July 29, 2019
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