Translation:Today's date is December 25.
Is mwezi wa kumi na mbili the full word for December; to verify. Is there a shortened way that people generally say the month? For example, in Portuguese, people tend not to say segunda-feira (Monday) terça-feira (tuesday) etc. And instead say segunda, terça. Is this the case here?
Mwezi is "month" and the months are counted in "Nth month" where N is between 1 and 12 (Jan to Dec) so technically speaking, there's no short form for December (Mwezi wa Kumi na mbili)
No native English speaker would say "today's date is twenty-five December". In North America they might say "December twenty-five"; elsewhere "December the twenty-fifth", or "the twenty-fifth of December".
No native English speaker would say "today's date is twenty-five December".
I think U.S. military members would.
In North America they might say "December twenty-five"
Not that I'm aware of (of course there could be some exception). That sounds like December 2025.
Thanks for the correction. The British military also say strange things - e.g. 'latrine, officers, for the use of'. Doesn't mean it's correct in the context of a language course, imho. I would differ on the second. But hey, we're two (formerly) great nations divided by a common language!
I would differ on the second.
What does this refer to? (I'm assuming it relates back to the point about saying "December twenty-five"?) Indeed, in the U.S. we do write things like "December 25", but that doesn't represent how it's rendered in natural speech. It's just a writing convention (a "counterintuitive" one: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/how-to-write-dates/).
In any case Duolingo is a written medium, so it ought to take note of these writing conventions. I also think it should allow for the written-out versions of the actual spoken forms.
It would be so much more helpful if they didn't always use the same date. i don't need to read the whole sentence to know the answer, and that doesn't challenge me at all. Give us some other dates if you want to engage us!
"Today is December 25." Marked wrong.
Course designer, I hope you get a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.
But the word "tarehe" was given and should be included in the answer as well.