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"你在寒假里想做什么?"

Translation:What do you want to do during the winter holidays?

April 16, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr_Jerry

I can think of no good reason for 里 in this sentence. I have had this question posed to me by my Chinese friends and students countless times and they never use 里. It's always simply 你寒假要做什么?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Winston298006

That's "winter vacation" in American English. This Chinese sentence does not refer to "holidays" in the U.S. sense, nor in the plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Celticfiddleguy

Thank you, that helps. Does this refer specifically to the winter vacation in Jan & Feb that includes Chinese new year or can it also be used for other "winter breaks" (e.g. in Europe or America) in the end of Dec to early Jan?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minpili

the winter holidays -


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the_Jett

Dear Duolingo staff, Duolingo is the best language learning tool I know of...but this "holiday" needs to be corrected. Native English speakers do not say "holiday" the way it is translated here. "What do you want/plan to do during the winter break?" If you really want the lessons to teach the word "holidays", then just allow, "What do you want/plan to do during the holiday(s)?" Native English speakers will just leave out "winter/summer" in this case, as which break/holiday it is will be understood in the context of the conversation.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hippietrail

I've been a native English speaker for fifty years and I would say "winter holiday", "winter holidays", "winter vacation", or "winter vacations", etc. They all sound find to me.

I don't know if it has anything to do with growing up in Australia where our winter break is some time around June/July/August, or if it's something else.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FridayGree

Shouldn't the English be "during the winter holidays"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/waltcamp45

Perhaps "winter holidays" is standard British English, but it falls funny on American ears


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr_Jerry

Well, the British invented the language so there you go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rcalhoun66

Nobody invented English. It evolved and borrowed from earlier languages long before "British" was even an identity and it's still evolving. So there you go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aindriu80

What do you want to do during the winter vacation? No American please, we are Chinese.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hippietrail

I'm not Chinese or American and I have no idea what you are trying to say here -:

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