"How are you today?"
Duo gradually present new things, so you WILL make mistakes and you WILL have unanswered questions at some points. That is the teaching method. Very natural as if you were in an environment in which you dont know the language, you look for hints and paterns (maybe a little help) and that is how you learn! I personally really like it because it doesnt overwarm me with lots of info, it just comes naturally after practicing consistantly during some time.
You are right. Ski ner's method (constructivism): stimulus-answer/reaction to stimulus imparted repetitively.
Sucks that it keeps track of your streak tho. Really disheartening when you loose a long one to a sentence you were never taught
What do the last three characters mean please? I can't find any place that gives meanings.
怎么样 means means how are you if you put 你 in front of it. it basically means how are you feeling
怎么样 is used to ask "how something is". Literally 怎么 = how/why and 样 = kind, type, way, manner. So I think "How about it/this" is a pretty good way to think of it. It can also be used to ask someone's opinion about something by putting it after a statement: 去喝咖啡怎么样？"How about going for coffee?" or literally "go drink coffee, how about it?"
The english duolingo provides is far too literal. This is more like, 'how are you doing today?' or 'what's going on' when used more casually
It would be nice to be able to review the correct answer, that way i can learn what the correct answer is. I cannot read as well as i can listen. An audio pronunciation would help
Yes, it's perfectly fine to ask " 你今天好吗？" (Nǐ jīntiān hǎo ma?) = How are you today?
I put 今天 first and it accepted the translation, but i don't think anyone would actualy say it like that.