Translation:Look at his face, it looks like a "jiong" character.
The second half of the English version of the sentence should be rephrased. Just as we might say of something that 'It looks like the letter Z' and NOT 'It looks like a Z letter,' we should say here 'It looks like the character jiong' and NOT 'It looks like a jiong character.'
There is a mistake in the dictation exercise; the sentence is marked incorrect even when putting in the correct sequence of characters.
the correct solution is exactly the same as what i wrote , but it's still incorrect! haha, so funny sometimes this app ^'
Literally just "the character jiong". The character is meaningless in modern Chinese, but it looks like a facial expression so it's been lovingly adopted for that purpose!
The netizens often use it to depict the facial expression of a person who is embarrassed, astonished or depressed (and maybe other situations).
Thanks! I was like, "is it laughing? Crying? Screaming? Yawning? Singing?a
In the "Write what you hear" exercise, you should accept 你看他的脸，像一个囧字一样, without the quote marks. Duolingo won't let me report this as my answer should also be accepted.
Submitted 你看他的脸，像一个“囧”字一样, which was marked incorrect and "corrected" to 你看他的脸，像一个“囧”字一样. There really isn't a report option for technical glitches like this one, but reported anyway 27th November 2018. There are several on Level 3 Net Slang, where the correct answer is marked as incorrect.
My answer is correct but the app is 'saying' that it is wrong. I cannot move forward with this lesson and I don't want to repeat it.
A "word" conveys some meaning, a "character" is just a set of strokes (lines). Lots of Chinese words are just one character (hence the confusion) but lots are composed of 2, or more. In this case 囧 doesn't have a meaning but the "character" looks like a sad face.
A character is not necessarily a word. Many Chinese words are two characters long, and some are even longer. 字 means "character". 词 means "word".
Should be 2 sentences or otherwise a comma splice. Otherwise, "Looks like ...." without the 'It' can be accepted in oral speech.