"Give me five bowls of rice."
Noooo! You should never say this for “fiv grains of rice”. Instead, please use 颗 (kē) or 粒 (lì) for “grain (颗粒)”. For example: 五粒大米 (raw/cooked rice), 五粒米饭 (cooked rice).
Or still with “个”: 五个米粒, 五颗米粒 where 米粒 means specifically “rice grain”
For learners who don't want to bother with the fine distinctions of classifiers, everything is counted with "个" (個); luckily the dL community is composed of diligent individuals who ask more of themselves. :)
Sure, but duolingo also goes out of the way to teach the difference between 一包 and 一袋?
I used 个 once where I shouldn't and then they corrected me and then I used more or less this argument: "classifiers are hard to learn, give it time, use 个 whenever you don't know, ..." The feedback was: "only idiots use 个 for that"! Classifiers are part of the language, if one doesn't want to "bother with its fine distinctions" then one should rethink learning Chinese! Bowl of rice is too common to be left out!
Can be either. In this context, it's more like "five orders" instead of five bowls.
Not only does it not accept 五碗 (I reported it 12/17/17, but since your post is from 4 weeks ago I assume someone probably reported it earlier?) but the hover-over hints explicitly suggest "碗" for bowls.
This is just bad. Really bad. It's like the people who designed this course didn't even check the hover-over hints before launching it.
五碗米饭 is still not accepted, 12/19/17.
I think I'm going to take a break from this course, it's a huge waste of my time and they're obviously WAAAAAY behind on reports.
Well for learners not hard to take on a few common measure words. "碗" Aint that hard
I understand that measure words are somewhat diminished for the sake of didactics, but measure words are VERY IMPORTANT in Chinese and should be thoroughly taught.
While we're on the subject of how wrong this sentence is, it should also be noted that it would be very ill-mannered to say "给我". In the Mainland, we would say, 请来五碗米饭
The translation even says "bowls" of rice yet the answer is like asking for "things" of rice