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  5. "花びんに花を入れました。"


Translation:I put flowers in the vase.

July 14, 2017



This is part of the problem, Duolingo. You need to start using the kanji. Why? On-yomi and Kun-yomi. Each kanji has at least two readings, a fact which most but not all of us users have learned by now.

花 = はな 花火 = はなび (firework) 花瓶 = かびん

"Hana" is a meaning-based reading (Kun-yomi). "Ka" is a sound-based, phonetic reading (On-yomi).

So, if you're another learner reading this, you might be thinking, "Ok, so what's the big deal, nerd? Why does that upset you?"

It upsets me because the か reading for the 花 in 花瓶 would normally ONLY be used in a compound word with two or more kanji. Now, these rules may vary in certain exceptional cases, but my basic problem with this is that many of the beginners in this course have no idea what the second kanji would be, nor why the pronunciation of the first kanji changed at all.

TL;DR: This is putting you at a severe disadvantage if you don't already know the rules for kanji. Please, go learn these rules, because Duo is not going to teach you them.


Duolingo seems to be teaching JLPT 5 , including kanji, so it would make sense to not add kanji that is above that level...


The ん at the end made it clear that it wasn't 花火. But you make very good points. Thanks!


This is perfectly legible the way it's written, honestly. You'll encounter kanji-kana words in newspapers as well, where one of the kanji is not part of the standard set.




かびん    はな    い



I'm a big fan of the poor man's furigana


Why isn't into accepted?


I put flowers into the vase. Buuurzz! Not right. Humph sounded good to me.


Anybody who can't hear the final verb clearly since Duo's still lacking dropdown hiragana:

入れました = いれました


May i know why is it いれました rather than はいりました?


I read on another duo post that "iri" is used for "put", while "hairi" is used for "enter". Hope this helps.


入れる(いれる) is used with an object (in other words it's transitive), it means "to put"

入る(はいる) is used without an object (in other words it's intransitive), it means "to enter"

Japanese actually has quite a lot of these transitive/intransitive verb pairs, I'd recommend reading about it elsewhere at this point, since I don't think duo provides an explanation of this.


Sadly "I put the flowers in vase" is incorrect.


Thats not good english.


If it is necessary to drop "the" before vase, you could use "vases" instead. Mother: How did you keep the flowers we bought yesterday? Me: I put the flowers in vases.


"i put the flowers into the vase" wasn't accepted


This should be accepted, in my opinion.


Ive said it on other threads, Duo you need to develop a furigana capability


Is my hearing bad or are they pronouncing 花びん like かなびん?! How do you pronounce it?


The Japanese in Duolingo is okay, but two things I noticed: 1) Lack of kanji and explanation of all the readings 2) This is all proper Japanese, which is great to know but you don't use this for daily conversation (especially when you're younger, there's a lot of slang used) so maybe it'd be nice to add some of that to the final version so people heading to Japan can sound more natural 3) More casual convo practice (敬語はいいんだけど友達と話したらあんま使ってないのでですますなしの練習をもっと入れた方がいいと思います) -From a foreigner living in Japan


We Japanese don't say "Kabin ni hana o iremasita (花瓶に花を入れました)" but "Kabin ni hana o ikemasita (花瓶に花を生けました)".


Cant find the article THE in the selection of answers


I thought I had the same problem until I realized that I had already used "the" before "flowers" when it is not needed


Is it just me, or is the audio saying ‘habin’?


It is actually saying "kabin" (かびん, 花びん, 花瓶, however you want to spell it). 花 changes pronunciation from "hana" (はな) to "ka" (か) when in compound words. This happens all over Japanese: when the kanji is by itself, you pronounce it with the kun'yomi (訓読み, in this case はな); if there are more than one, you pronounce it with the on'yomi (音読み, in this case か). There are some exceptions, like always, such as 花火 (firework) pronounced はなび, with the kun'yomi. I hope that this comment helps you understand better why you heard it differently.


don't generalize about when you need to use the on'yomi because there are many cases when even on a compound word still uses the kun'yomi or even worse mix'yomi


Well, if Kabin (dont have kanji in the keyboard) is fireworks, why do they translate as "vase" ??????


花火(はなび) is "fireworks". The word in this sentence is 花瓶(かびん), or "vase".


Hanabi is firework (insert flower and fire kanji)



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