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"El abuelo siempre escucha música española."

Translation:Grandpa always listens to Spanish music.

March 2, 2018



Every time I translate "el abuelo" or "la abuela" as "the grandfather" or "the grandmother" Duolingo counts it wrong. I assume that Spanish speakers often refer to their own grandparents using the definite article (el or la), rather than using a possessive pronoun (my). But how would a Spanish speaker refer to someone else's grandparent, if not by using the definite article? In other words, why is "the grandfather" an incorrect translation in this case?

May 10, 2018


And, additionally, what if you don't call your grandfather "Grandpa"? What if you call him "Pops" or "PawPaw" or "Gramps" or "T Paw"? People have a lot of nicknames for grandfathers.

May 10, 2018


"The grandfather" really needs to be allowed. What if this sentence is referring to another family about which you have been asked? Does anyone of them listen to music? Yes, the grandfather always listens to Spanish music.

June 10, 2018


Agreed. Longer example: "Each member of that family likes to relax with a different activity. The mother does X, the father plays Y, and the grandfather always listens to Spanish music."

June 16, 2018


I put the grandfather, and it was marked as wrong?

June 4, 2018


unfortunately this is something about which Duolingo is not consistent. They also use " Mi abuelo " for my grandfather.

June 8, 2018


Is this specifically music from spain? Or can it mean music in spanish?

March 2, 2018


i understand "música española" as music from spain, spanish music for me would be "música en español"

March 2, 2018


This said "my grandfather" is the correct translation, but wouldn't that be "mi abuelo?" "the grandfather" should work fine

June 7, 2018


What is the article before music? In different lectures this translations appeared:

music = música; Spanish music = música española OR Spanish music = la música española

Is the article before music in Spanish arbitrary? Or are there some rules I'm missing?


June 25, 2018


El grandpa = ??????

May 21, 2018


Yes, this marked "the grandfather" as wrong for me too.

June 16, 2018


I have just put "the grandfather" and they've marked it correct (14th March). Whether its a one off or whether they have FINALLY listened. Clarification as to what exactly "el abuelo" translates to for Spanish speakers would be great.

March 14, 2019
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