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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanieMK

Weird Sentences

Does anyone else get, like, sentences that seem weird? "Do we like that, children?" "That man has all the answers." Is that just me, or does it seem like kinda strange? I don't mind, I really just thought it was funny, but, ya know, still strange.

January 26, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevin564718

I noticed this too and have a guess as to why this may be. Many of the sentences are strange and would only make sense in very specific contexts. However, there is a benefit to these sentences being strange because their strangeness requires the learner to understand what each individual word in the sentence means. If they gave us very ordinary sentences, it would be easy to guess at the meanings and not learn the individual words as well. Of course, I could be completely wrong, and it's just a matter of people at Duolingo being bored or having a sense of humor.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/W00dsidepK

if you think those sentences are weird, wait until you encounter the holy potato...


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    the holy potato...

    I've read somewhere that that sentence is a reference to a German cartoon or something.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/W00dsidepK

    a German cartoon... really? i'll look out for that.


    [deactivated user]

      Ah sorry no... must've confused that with some similar bizarre sentence.

      But, on the comments for that sentence someone posted a link on holy potatoes: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11022972


      [deactivated user]

        That man has all the answers.

        This one seems ok to me.

        One of my favourites is "I buy the fifth lemon".

        The body parts sections also has some intriguing sentences about "blue thighs" and "green ankles".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanieMK

        Another of my favorites is "he eats eighteen tomatoes". That is just..
        Impressive...


        [deactivated user]

          What about the out-there grossness of "The boy eats twenty-three beetles."?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanieMK

          23 beetles? These characters need backstories.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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          At least I can see the usefulness of learning this; learning numbers, straight forward sentence structure.


          [deactivated user]

            Yes, I agree. I don't mind bizarre and quirky sentences as long as the grammar is correct.


            [deactivated user]

              Or the quite Monty Phytonesque "Seniors are jumping out of the window." and the oddly specific "This vegetarian does not like me."?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

              Ok, I'm currently at odds with a senior thinking that fish with sugar is healthy: perhaps that one tried to force these ones to eat some?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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              I always feel weird typing these sentences.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

              Dead thighs and gangrene ankles? Sounds mortal!


              [deactivated user]

                I see you're still level 8 in German so you have not yet reached body 2, so...

                Spoiler alert!

                Along will come Mein Oberschenkel ist blau. and Dein Knöchel ist grün.

                Bonus sentence more on the kinky side: Ist das dein oder mein Oberschenkel?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

                Gee, I hope the latter is some unclear photograph, and even then, I wonder what it would represent ;)


                [deactivated user]

                  That's a reasonable explanation for the sentence... though probably they just put it there to be... quirky. :)


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

                  I came across a passionate debate over a naked waitress, some offended, some exhilarated, some wondering… I guess nobody forgot how to say "waitress", "completely" or "naked" :)


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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                  Sometimes I have fun trying to imagine just the right situation where a sentence would make perfect sense. And exactly like Kevin564718 says " only make sense in very specific contexts".


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElyseGardner

                  I got a totally unexpected opportunity to travel in Germany & Austria for around 6 weeks (!!!) this spring. Now I wish I had focussed on conversation skills more, since (thanks to Duolingo) the German phrases that I can most glibly rattle off are "he doesn't like furniture" and "from here comes the name of the present-day city." Hmm...


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maxvonklappen

                  Every now and then strange things pop up that make no sense in English. Sometimes its just flat out wrong. But when its a dialect thing - say between American English and British English they pretty much just say get over it. Not really a big deal. I was putting in corrections for awhile but I've pretty much stopped. Who has the time? I've learned to turn off my pet peeve switch. It is a free service.

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