"This is my father and mother."
At the time of writing this, in DL it is mandatory for this question, but it should not be, and indeed is not for other similar questions, such as 'They are my older brother and older sister'.
I thought that 爸爸妈妈 was another way to say parents and doesn't require 和. Is that not right?
I guess the 我的 is needed? If you say 这是爸爸和妈妈, 我的 is not implied?Pls confirm. Thanks
For "<subject> is <noun>", yes. For "<subject> is <adjective>", not always. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_adjectives
Since mothers and fathers are nouns, you need it in this sentence.
I talked to a chinese friend of mine and they told me that the 和 should be omitted
The Explanation (lightbulb) for this chapter (Family 1) on the Skill Tree states the following: "We [...] need a measure word after 这 (zhè, this), 那 (nà, that) and 哪 (nǎ, which)".
However, translating the sentence, "This is my father and mother" as "这个是我的爸爸和妈妈" (measure word included) gets marked wrong, while "这是我的爸爸和妈妈" (no measure word) is marked right. Am I missing something, or did they just directly contradict themselves? Could someone please explain? Duolingo, this is why I have trust issues.
Hey there! You're totally right, but basically when talking about family members you don't really need a measure word just like how you don't need the word "de" behind family members (it's assumed you're talking about your own family). However, when quantifying or saying how many people are in your family, you use the measure word "kou" meaning (x amount of mouths to feed). There are a bunch of measure words, but "ge" is the default. Your answer was correct but not conversational. Trust me lol
Is there little to no audio for this level by design? It's really messing me up when I can't hear it.
Not sure what's messing you up Matt, but there is definitely audio on this one. If you are having the same issue elsewhere on Duolingo or with other applications on your computer, it may be something to do with the sound setup on your equipment or in the browser you are using. Sounds like you need tech support rather than language support at the moment (no pun intended).
Thanks...it's weird, but some characters have sound on this level, some don't. I'll try something different!