I am with you Rebecca! Duo is a great program, in my opinion too. The moderators are excellent. I spend most of my time on French but it is remarkable to me that such a program is available for free. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes in order for us to be able to use this program. Have a lingot!
I agree Rebecca. Duolingo is a fabulous platform that allows me access to a new language but the teaching is entirely down to the wonderful people in these message boards who take the time to answer, in detail and with further external links, all of the questions I have. So to you all, I salute you...
Reminds me of the song in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: He's modest, clever, and so smart, He barely can restrain it. With so much generosity, There is no way to contain it To contain it, to contain, to contain, to contain.
"Dúo ensaña español muy bien". Duo teaches Spanish very well.
I'd be very grateful to anyone able to help with understanding direct and indirect object pronouns along with where these are located in different types of Spanish sentences.
How would this sentence change if we wanted to say, "Duo teaches us Spanish very well"? Where would we place "us", would we place an "a" before the pronoun, and would we use the word "nos" or "nosotros"? Also, am I correct that "Spanish" is the DO while "us" would be the IO?
Why is it okay for "muy bien" to be placed at the end of this sentence? I thought adverbs needed to be placed next to the verbs they modify in Spanish? Wouldn't placing "muy bien" after "español" instead convey, "Duo teaches very good Spanish"? A similar exercise wouldn't allow "español" to be placed after "hijo" since doing so turns "español" into an adjective modifying "son" rather than communicating "They are teaching my son Spanish". It was necessary to using "They are teaching Spanish to my son" wording in the Spanish translation in order to prevent confusion. Why not here?
I've struggled with this a lot too, so I looked this up again to be on the safe side.
My understanding is that "bien" is an adverb that translates into "well" and is used to describe an action. And "bueno/a" is an adjective that translates into "good" and is used to describe something. "Buenos/as" is just the plural form of the adjective used to refer to a plural noun (since adjectives need to match the gender and and number of the noun being described).
So a couple of examples: 1) Escribes muy bien (You write very well) and 2) La comida está muy buena (The food is very good)
As for "mucho" and "muy", I'm still working on this one, so any help would be very much appreciated! I know that mucho can work both as an adjective and an adverb, and I think I understand its use as an adjective. But I don't yet understand when to use "mucho" instead of "muy" when the adverb is needed.
Well, well, well... I agree with Duo. But judging by the angry comments there are a lot of people using Duo who dislike it so much at the same time... If I didn't like Duo, but went on using it, I would refrain from such a comments for Duo teaches me for free and really owes me nothing! Thanks a lot Duo! You really are the best!
Why is duo lingo so happy to log me out or conclude I have finished with my sentence,or have just decided to give up mid sentence?? or in the middle of my lesson, it really should be able to figure out I do have hit a wrong key and to not wish to log out in the middle of doing a sentence !!!! Error on my part, not very helpful on Duo lingos part for me. It does not have to prevent me from cheating or whatever it thinks, these are my lessons to learn. This is not an exam, but a lesson.
Well, I dunno. I understand a little now, but the pace is so fast that I have started drowning in my Spanish course, and now I understand, well... poop.
I don't understand. It is completely self-paced on my end. Is it not this way for everyone? I do a lot of reviewing of past lessons to make sure I'm not forgetting too much as I take in new information. And I've found the stories are teaching me a lot too. I am learning a lot through trial & error, through research, and through asking questions in here. I've also discovered several helpful websites. Most instructors wouldn't suggest using a format like Duolingo by itself. It is best used as either the first stage of learning or along-side other methods.