Translation:What day of the week is April fourth?
Thanks! Also here's a great page for covering counters with days and months etc. http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/numbers#Counting_and_Counters
I wish Duolingo would integrate learning all the different rules for counters in the course. Currently you have to completely rely on posts like this in the forums or external resources.
曜日 (youbi) can be any day from Sunday-Saturday. A "weekday" is only Monday-Friday, so my guess would be that that's why it wasn't accepted.
It marks April the Fourth wrong, as oppose to April fourth. Here in the UK its common to say the first bit, so its frustrating it gets marked as wrong.
Yeah, but that's implied in the word "day", as opposed to "date". If you ask what day April 4th is, it's obvious you already know the date and are asking for the weekday.
Day itself implies day of the week. If you ask someone what day is today? They would answer with a day of the week. Never a date.
Duolingo is pronouncing this as なんようひ instead of the expected なんようび: is the former a valid alternative pronounciation?
No, it’s wrong. It’s reading it correctly at the top of the sentence discussion, but it seems like during the lessons there are a lot of incorrrct audio readings lately. All we can do is report it, but the contributors have said that they can’t fix the audio.
Why can't you say: "What day will be the 4th of April?" Since it can be in the future.
The word "be" should probably be at the end of the sentence, but otherwise it should be accepted.
4, because of its strong association with death, is considered very unlucky. To the point that house numbers, apartment numbers, even floors of buildings just skip over 4 - they don't exist! Makes me wonder who creates these lessons?? Nihonjin wouldn't include this sentence. They'd avoid using or mentioning 4 (Except where it's absolutely necessary) like the plague!
Four and Nine, because four sounds like death 死 (し) and nine can sound like suffering 苦 (く). Hospitals in Japan tend to avoid having rooms with these numbers.
This factoid is courtesy of Easy Japanese, the radio podcasts that teach beginners how to comprehend the japanese they hear.
I know it to be the case from living in Japan : ) And yes, 9 is also considered unlucky because it is associated with くるしみ の く.