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

Lost in translation

Guys, i am studying German on Assimil - Deutsch Ohne Mühe alongside Duo. In aktive wave, while i am translating English into German, I encountered a sentence like "I learn it immediately." I translate it "Ich lerne es gleich" but Assimil translate it as "Ich habe es gleich lernen."

I wonder if my translation is correct. If it isnt, why? And what is the differance of this two sentence?

January 27, 2018

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

Hello Chriskirklandd Your translation is correct (could also translate as Ich lerne es sofort/umgehend), Assimils translation is not correct - an option would be Ich habe es gleich gelernt, but that would be past perfect instead of present.


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

The English sentence in present simple is a little wierd. It sounds like there is something you are repeatedly learning immediately, which does not make much sense.

I think that "Ich lerne es gleich" would best translate to "I am about to learn it" or possibly "I'm going to learn it immediately"


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

Perhaps in a context such as "when something interests me, I learn it immediately"? But I realise it's far fetched.

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