Translation:December 21, 2017
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I think I figured out why this happens. Probably Duolingo relies on the phone audio recongition software, which writes dates like this: 2017年12月21号. I spoke here while commenting and it recognized perfectly, but Duolingo wants to get the chinese numbers instead of the arabic ones.
This speaking exercise is so broken. My pronunciation is usually good & I spoke it into Google translate a few times and was understood perfectly, yet I've gotten this one wrong probably 15 times and always in the exact same way. Something about the audio file is not matching
there are so many options to write the same date (and they are all correct, actually!), and it is really silly from the side of moderators not to give us the example how we should write it down to answer correct. How you guys suppose us to guess? There's no telepaths on this planet yet. )))
This exercise feels like a waste of time, literally. I've attempted and failed it twice (six recording attempts total) because it won't accept the way I pronounce the numbers ("year", "month", and "day" are the only ones marked green/correct), even though I've be practicing with the recording for almost 20 minutes. I honestly believe this is impossible to get right, maybe unless you're a native Chinese speaker. Has anyone managed to get perfect on this?
If you listen carefully, the "ling" is in there - it just elides with "yi" and is quite fast. THAT is not the problem with this exercise. I asked a native speaker to try and pass the spoken version of the problem and even their answers were not accepted! No matter how we said it as we recorded, no matter how fast or slow, the app marked all the numbers as incorrect and only accepted our audio for "nian" "yue" and "hao." Duo needs to either fix this exercise or remove it!!! Super annoying!!!
"Falsehoods programmers believe about time" includes "Human-readable dates can be specified in universally understood formats such as 05/07/11," because that is a falsehood. People use a crapton of different date formats. And also, the American date format is, speaking as an American, incredibly stupid. Allow a wide variety of formats including several good ones, or use dropdown lists to answer this question.
I wrote 21-12-2017 (because apparently using a '/' as separation sign is for some reason wrong) and got this
'You missed a space. 21_12_2017'
Why won't a proper way to write out a date (with just numbers) be recognised?
It's not that difficult, I'd think dd/mm/yyyy dd-mm-yyyy
Maybe in the lesson overview a short note should be added about which ways to write out a date will be recognised and which won't be. It would be helpful to avoid getting unjust mistakes
So tired of this buggy exercise popping up! Ive reprted it so many times. Ive even had native speakers try to say it and pass and they cant either!! I can't find a single person who can give an answer that satisfies it. Come on Duolingo! Either fix this one or remove it from the app!!!! Super annoyed.
September 2021 - anyone else having trouble getting past this? They seem to have corrected the audio, but I feel like there is a problem between the microphone and the marking mechanism. It stops picking up my numbers after the first Er, then picks up Nian, then Yue, then Hao. It missed all my other numbers.
Wrong English among others.
Mainly because Duolingo is (correctly) teaching you here that the order in mandarin is different to that in English and to push the point it expects you to change the order to see that you have realized it. In English and to mine knowledge in Russian/Ukrainean you would usually start from day, followed by month and then year. (There is a month then day exception in certain circumstances, but even in those you can use day month order, and that still uses year at the end). Although if you stress importance of the day with "the" then it would be "21st". But mostly because of the mine first point. Yes Duolingo has got frequent mistakes in English being Chinglish in this course, but this isn't one of them
There's a bug when it comes to recognizing and matching numbers. What I did to get past this was I just kept saying the words until I got most of them to light up. For example just keep repeating the unlit words over and over while it's recording. eventually you'll get enough words to pass.
This as a speaking exercise immediately ruins whatever lesson streak I had going. It never recognizes anything I say after the first líng and if I don't want to get dinged then I have to say each individual character very clearly and separately (and usually the speaking timer whatever cuts me off really quickly) and that defeats the purpose of the exercise which is to say them in rapid fluent-ish succession.
Also the turtle button would really help, please and thanks.