"Los búhos aprendieron inglés hace mucho tiempo."

Translation:The owls learned English a long time ago.

February 19, 2018



Fun fact: búho also colloquially means loner

August 18, 2018


Makes a certain sense. Owls don't flock like many birds, but then that's true of all raptors. However, they also are usually seen sitting alone in late evening and at night, and I've never seen an owl's nest. Un búho aparece como un solitario.

October 28, 2018


one (a pharyngeal pigmy owl) flew in my window a few months ago and sat nearby calmly watching me do my duolingo.

February 22, 2019


I keep getting this wrong. If I write it down here, hopefully I'll remember:

despues de mucho tiempo = after a long time. hace mucho tiempo = a long time ago.

Okay. Hopefully I can remember this. Thank you for your patience.

December 27, 2018


If you remember that "hace" is the clue to = "ago" you'll be fine! Thanks for the phrase "despuės de mucho tiempo" as I didn't know that one!

January 16, 2019


But what about the construction 'Hace dos años que estudio español' = 'I've studied Spanish/been studying Spanish for two years' (It makes two years that I study Spanish). How does that fit into the 'hace is the clue to ago' idea? I've been struggling to figure out when to use which, so any insight would be appreciated!

March 28, 2019


Spanish and English use different ways of thinking here, so you can't get one solution that encompasses everying. "Hace = ago" only applies literally when the hace phrase is used as an adverbial of time. In those cases hace works like a preposition.

In your sentence, on the other hand, the hace phrase makes up its own proper clause and functions as a full verb. For "Hace dos años que estudio español", you can get closer to a meaningful English interpretation if you use the literal translation of hacer: "It makes two years (now) that I'm studying Spanish."

March 29, 2019


Since when "learn" ceased being an irregular verb?

October 29, 2018


If you're talking about the English verb: "to learn" is typically irregular in British English, but regular in American English:

  • BE: learn - learnt - has learnt
  • AE: learn - learned - has learned

Both versions are accepted.

February 16, 2019


Learn is a regular verb, not irregular.
Present: aprendo, aprendes, aprende, aprendemos, aprenden.
Preterite: aprendí, aprendiste, aprendió, aprendimos, aprendieron.

November 10, 2018


Why isn't "the owls learned English long time ago" accepted?

June 1, 2019


If you're using the word "time", you also need to give it an article. "They learned it a long time ago.

June 1, 2019


I thought aprender is a verb that always has a 'a' after it..... does this rule cease in the past?

June 15, 2019


Aprender only gets an a if it's followed by another verb:

  • Aprendo a conducir. - I am learning to drive.
  • ¿Aprendiste a escribir en la escuela? - Did you learn to write in school?
June 17, 2019


Never heard an owl talk. Duolingo where did you get such amazing animals and birds

July 30, 2019


Well, Duo himself is an owl that speak English, so there you go.

Also at this point you might remember that furries are a thing. :)

July 30, 2019


Bueno, yo creo que todos los comentarios acerca del buho, tienen una buena razon para aceptarse. Sin embargo, creo que Duo pone esta clase de oraciones en un buen sentido del humor, para que aprendamos el idioma; porque, en realidad, esos animales no tienen la capacidad de aprender, y eso lo sabemos, verdad. hehehehe

January 13, 2019


Yo creo que esto búho es nuestro Duo!

I think this owl must certainly be our Duo!

October 4, 2019


There are more Dúos confirmed!

October 9, 2019



May 28, 2019


Learnt is British English; learned is American English. Neither are incorrect.

May 29, 2019


Se puede omitir el artículo "the" en inglés, cuando se habla de un sustantivo en general, en este caso "Owls learned English". And yes, it is true: "Owls learned English a long time ago", but Duolingo's team didn't.

June 5, 2019


¡Ay no! Los búhos necesitan aprender inglés o alguna idioma o el búho dúo va a ....yo no quiero dicier

June 11, 2019
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