"Mi hermana es mayor que mi hermano."
Translation:My sister is older than my brother.
I used the word, "bigger" instead of "older" which I knew DL was expecting. I got shot down, of coutse. And I reported that my answer should hsve been accepted.
Here is what "mayor" means. Higher.
As an adjective it means, higher, largest, biggest, major, high, bigger, senior, main, elder, utmost, big, chief, adult.
As a noun it means, senior, elderly, elder, chief, capital, boss.
It has a abbreviation which is, Maj.
What I get out of all this is that mayor means, superior.
Since we were previously taught that "mas + adjective" is the equivalent to a comparative adjective in English, it seems logical that "mas viejo" would be the same as "older". But I don't know whether this is an exception. I hope someone from a Spanish-speaking country can enlighten us.
This is the best thing about duolingo, most other learning programs don't allow you to fail to understand the spoken word...this does.
I try the high speed, write what my ears tell me then go slow to correct what my ears mis-heard. when I'm semi-sure I'm right, I go back to high speed until I can hear what I wrote. Works fer me.
That's similar to what I do. I initially write what I hear. However, if I'm on the fence about a certain a word and can't figure out the proper word after considering the context, (or if I haven't got any hearts left :D,) I'll listen to the slowed-down version. But it's strange, because once I've listened to the slowed-down version and figured out which word is actually being used, it's much easier to hear or recognize the sentence or word for what it is.