I have a problem hearing the female speaker, but it sounds like she is saying "es-cu-TAN or es-cu-DAN rather than escuchan." Is this the way the word is properly pronounced?
No, the ch in Spanish is pronounced like the ch in church.
This has been fixed with the female speaker at the top of the page. (1aug18)
As of 2/8/2019 she still sounds like she is saying es-cu-DAN when you play it slowly. Playing at regular speed sounds better now though.
Quick question: in another feed, a couple of members said that in questions, the subject should come after the verb. Is that true? And, if yes, why is DL putting the subject before the verb here?
In question that contain a question word, the standard order is that the question word comes first, then the conjugated verb, then the subject. So for instance:
- ¿Por qué no nos escuchan los maestros?
Subject pronouns have a bit more leeway, though. They are frequently put between the interrogative and the verb, but you could put ellos at the end here as well. Or in front of the question word if you feel adventurous.
I typed "Why are they not hearing us?" and got it wrong. Is it acceptable?
It's possible to use "to hear" with the same meaning as "to listen" in English, but it's a rare use. "Hear me (on)" = "Listen to me."
If you're just talking about the ability to hear (for example because it's noisy), you'd normally add "can" in the English sentence: "Why can't they hear us?" In that case, Spanish would use the verb oír instead: "¿Por qué no nos oyen?"
Could this also mean "Why won't they listen to us" or would another word be needed?
Playing it regular speed (fast), it sounds more like "escuchan" but, since it is all a blurr to me, I play it slowly and she clearly says "escuchar". I didn't think this was correct (for "ellos") but I played it quite a few times and decided it must be escuchar (since it was so clear), so I was marked wrong. I reported this to DL. Listening exercises should not be ambiguous or conflicting.
This is related to Community 2 strengthening exercises: There seems to be something wrong with the Strengthen function of “Community 2”. I did a lesson on March 12/18. Apparently I needed strengthening again on March 13/18. Strengthened again on March 17/18 and March 18/18 due to prompting. However, many of the words covered are not shown this morning in the “Words” tab, for example algunos, algunas, padres, niños, conozco, conoce, usualmente, enseñar, amar and a veces, and perhaps others. It was my understanding that when words were strengthened, they would be moved to the top of the Words list. Thanks for your help!