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"Do you have a boyfriend?"


October 17, 2017



D-don't throw in Kanji we weren't taught, please.


In addition to the out-of-nowhere kanji, my word bank only had いる, notいます. Duolingo has almost always used -ます form thus far.


I think this is one of the recently added excercises with the last course update. I bet that the informal language actually is brought up in earlier lessons, but we are too far advanced to have benefited from it.


It is not. I wasnt through test 1 when the last update happened and i havent seen this at all.

Cant get to mad about a free service but duos been dropping it on this entire lesson.


I pay for it. I don't mind new kanji since i can look them up in the app. But Duolingo tends to throw three or four new concepts in at a time. Instead of understanding a new concept, it becomes rote memorization of the answer to pass.


恋人はいるの? こいびと は いる の?

恋 = こい = Love 人 = ひと = Person 恋人 = こいびと = Lover/bf/gf https://jisho.org/search/%E6%81%8B%E4%BA%BA

いる is the informal form of います. So you could say 恋人はいますか?

の is similar to か in that it poses a question. https://jisho.org/search/%E3%81%AE On jisho, it is the 6th usage. "6. (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question"

Also idk if duolingo accepts it, but yes 彼氏はいますか? should be fine. This is all to the best of my knowledge. Correct me if I am wrong.


It accepts 彼氏はいるの。


Thank you for this, you really helped me understand this random sentence duo threw at us x


Isn't 愛 like 恋 then?


Nothing about this sentence makes sense with anything Duolingo has taight me to date


Yeah, they went informal out of nowhere. It's important to learn, and I get why they wait so long to start teaching informal speech, but it can be very confusing. I actually got this sentence for the first time in the very last lesson in level 5, which really threw me.

Duolingo is great, but if it's your only resource, you're gonna get confused a lot.


The tooltips on the words are not very helpful when they don't point to any of the correct answers.


If new words are introduced into a lesson, please introduce them in the first levels with a hearing exercise, a matching exercise, a single recognition exercise AND a phrase translation exercise. Don't just throw a translation exercise in the very last level of this lesson, that's pointless and not helpful


What is いるの?


いる is the informal form of the verb "to exist" - you usually find it in its formal form as います.

の is the colloquial form of the question particle か


Thank you!


の is not even needed. Duo accepted it without.


Why is girlfriend the same as "she" (彼女) whilst boyfriend is different from "he" (彼)?


Because she is your girlfriend if you believe enough!

(This is a joke, please no one actually do this.)


Straight to the point duo, I like it


Why do they suddenly give the kanji as option, without ever having showed them? I don't mind, but it's a bit odd


Why oh why are they throwing both unfamiliar and untaught Kanji and grammar in the same sentence...


My boyfriend word had no sound


They give us the kanji for this... but not for most other stuff that's been around since the first checkpoint. I hope when this comes out of beta, it'll have a lot more kanji usage.


not only new kanji, but it also has no pronunciation sound... great...


This is so informal that my notebook doesn't allow me to write that.


Why 彼氏はいますか and not 彼氏をいますか?

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    you can also just write "彼氏はいる?" since this question suddenly become informal


    彼氏 is pronounced as かれし. I had to look this up when i noticed there was no voice on this word.


    The hiragana is now in the tool tip for "boyfriend" along with the kanji, at least for Android. So that is a great new feature. But hopefully the kanji will be updated with sound soon.


    Audio here has が instead of は


    uh i just picked kareshi wa iru and i got it right without the no.


    This sentence was shown to me the first time on the last lesson of this whole "people" section. Great schedule, duo.


    In all due respect, why are there so many complaints and suggestions on here. Isn't this discussion to get help on the particular lesson? I thought you are supposed to send complaints and suggestions elsewhere, by the flag link instead of on this discussion. Those who make changes on Duo look for such info there, not here, so unless you report it, you are just taking up space that makes it take longer for those of us that only want help with the lesson. Forgive me if this offends anyone .


    Excuse me duo what da efff I wrote 彼氏がいますか btw


    For me the poing was trowing "iro" out of the blue. But great to get the info in this topic its an informal way of "imasu". And "no" is as well for "ka".


    Im not sure how i got this correct. Nine of the hints or clues or previous lessons seemed to point me in the right direction.


    Yes i LOVE AND ADORE when duolingo throws in something that wasn't previously taught


    I answered 彼氏いるの and it worked. Luckily I've heard this on anime. Although the problem is duo didn't teach you this kind of stuff first.


    Japanese has got to be one of the most inconsistent Duolingo courses. Ffs


    Duo never teaches kanji but never hesitates in throwing them in between

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