Usually Duolingo's Spanish is pretty Mexican, but you can't say this in Mexico. As far as I understand coger is fine in Spain but considered extremely profane in Mexico.
I took a class with a bunch of native speakers mostly from Mexico, and when the prof said coger un autobús, there was plenty of laughter. The lesson was about dialectical differences, and it was a memorable example.
Duolingo really should let people know this so they don't use coger inappropriately.
Would "Tomamos un taxi" would be better in Mexico?
Someone has mentioned this issue in every sentence with coger that I've seen so far. If I come across any where it hasn't been mentioned, I'll add a link to the wordreference description. "Note: Connotación sexual en varios países de Latinoamérica." I wonder if they are filtering it out for the schoolkids?
Speaking for myself, I'd rather be aware of this as I sometimes read books published in Spain.
To be brief--I was not familiar with this word, so I looked it up on SpanishDict and found out it meant the F-word. Then I read these comments and was grateful to learn its more common use. However, when I asked my Latin friend to translate this sentence after I pronounced it, he translated as Duo had done. When I told him about all the comments, he then laughed and explained its other uses, especially "quieres coger." https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/coger
I asked a guy on the street how to catch a bus when I was in Mexico, using the verb coger. He gave an ornery grin and said, No se, supongo por atras. What made things worse was I asked my host's grandmother at the dinner table why he responded that way, and the table got very quiet. The grandmother broke the ice with a short laugh and quickly moved to another topic. :)
So the answer seems to be... That even native Spanish speakers disagree on this one. http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/122220/to-coger-or-not-to-coger
I disagree. It seems to be chaos out there. This is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKKCVctGucA.
Enjoy the laughs. Meanwhile, I have very blunt language lessons with an Iranian man. He's an advanced student, so we don't talk about the basics of English and the subtle things you might say and what groups of people to say them to. Some of our discussions revolve around the more subtle uses of sexual slang. ALL languages have this.
I know why duolingo keeps things g-rated, but I think the biggest thing lacking on this site is addressing obscenity and profanity. Before anyone reacts badly, let me point out that small children know that there is normal language, and there is language confined to adults. I knew this as a child. However, adult language learners of languages get fenced off from knowing the things they should not say... things any child would know. "Coger" needs a warning label. Maybe a warning about mis-speaking "mierda" and "miedo."
Yes, I'm fully aware that middle-school and high-school students are learning here, but, geeez, adults, think back to when you were that age and the language you knew was inappropriate. How did you know? You weren't ignorant of the F-word, you just didn't use it. I'm still learning Spanish, but I'm lucky to have picked up on a few things that can be taboo and I avoid. IMHO, Duolingo might be wise to address this.
I strongly agree. It's already nerve-wracking as a language learner to dive in and have conversations with native speakers without having to worry that I'm accidentally going to be coming on to everyone in the room. The fact that these things are completely unaddressed adds to the anxiety. Implications actually aren't addressed at all, such as "salir con" meaning to go out with [on a date] just as it does in English, but we're left to confirm that from each other in the comments.
I think the reverse ideally should be addressed as well - sentences that are implicitly sexual in English but innocent in Spanish. Te quiero comes to mind, though admittedly you probably won't run into the situation of needing to say this to strangers. (I language learn with my dad, though, and we just have an unspoken agreement to avoid saying "I love you" in anything but English. The lines between familial, friendly, romantic, and sexual love are not really ever spelled out and accidentally using the wrong one is just a grossly uncomfortable thought lol)
Is it? While it really only practices latin american verb conjugations, a lot of the expressions, pronounciations and vocab are very Spanish. Ive never heard anyone use almozar, for example in this hemisphere, some of the other vocab, purse, groceries, rooms, foods, greetings, are recognizable, but not common, in my experience. The flag for the course is the spanish flag (compare the US flag rather than UK for the English course).
Just like in English, dirty minds will hear what they want and any misuse of the language should be a shame on them, not us when we are using it properly and with respect.
That being said, from what I understand the verb, 'tomar', can be used in any Spanish speaking country as meaning 'to take' and so in order to avoid insulting anyone and for simplicity's sake, I feel it's best to stick with using 'tomar' for most of these 'taking' occasions.
I will say though, from a language-nut's point of view, the careful usage of two-toned words (i.e., innuendos, sexual or not) should not be avoided all together because of embarrassing instances like these.
Learning a language requires learning not only how it is used but how it is abused as well.
My advice, be cautious but don't be afraid!
While "el perro" is the common word for "dog", in Spanish you can use 'la perra" to indicate a female dog. There is a perfectly acceptable direct translation of "la perra" into English, but that word has taken on a more commonly used derogatory connotation, so I doubt if Duolingo would ever attempt to use it. If it were to be used, I would think a warning would be in order. If they are going to use"coger", I also think a warning should be in order.
There are many words that have different meanings in different countries, but most of them will either identify where you learned the language or perhaps cause a little amusement from your unusual choice of words. But there are a few that can be the source of severe embarrassment. It is these that Duolingo should provide some warning about. For "coger", OK in Spain, but refrain from using in Mexico, Uruguay, etc.
From what I can gather, that's reading too much into it. Coger appears to be the verb of choice in Spain, and not in Latin America. It's as simple as that. Whether you default to "coger" or "tomar" depends more on where you'll use it/who you'll be speaking with than on the literal definition of either word. They both mean "to take."
Yes, but that is a rare usage, and it usually implies violence. In many Latin American countries, it's the first usage people think of, not something WAAAY down the list. The use of take in normal situations just wouldn't get you into trouble in most English speaking countries, whereas it might in Mexico.
While I agree that Duo should explain this itself, if you read the rest of the comments on a sentence you find strange, you will usually find the answer. Tomar is the preferred verb in Latin America, while coger is the default choice in Europe. This one should come with an extra warning though, as the verb coger apparently has sexual connotations in Latin America and should just be avoided entirely (unless, I suppose, you are recounting your conquests of public transportation vehicles).