When is divertido(a) translated "fun", and when "funny"? In English, a fun movie might not be the same as a funny movie. I translated a funny movie and was counted correct.
It doesn't matter.
DIVERTIDO translates to: funny , amusing , amused , enjoyable , diverting , merry , jolly , droll , comical , comic.
It means all those things.
To understand divertido one needs to mush all those words together and work out what divertodo means as an idea which includes all of those words at once. Not seperately.
There are studends here are confused in that that they think we are learning to translate. And that idea is completely wrong.
What we are supposed to be learning is Spanish. And involves thinking in Spsnish where English is not a part of it.
@rowith Thanks for asking this question - my thoughts exactly... a "fun" film and a 'funny' film are very different.
A problem is that "divertido" can be translated to: funny , amusing , amused , enjoyable , diverting , merry , jolly , droll , comical , and comic.
So there could be someone here who could just as well ask: "Couldn't it say, 'A comical film?'" And another could ask, "Couldn't it say, 'A merry film?'" 'And another ask, "Couldn't it say, 'A droll film?'" And so forth, on and on.
A problem is that there can be many different possible translations for verbs and Dulolingo cannot be be expected to utlize them all.
There are likely even more verbs possible than just the ones I listed above. Perhaps a lot more.
I have seen how some students seem to like to think it is their duty to test out how far out they can reach outside what is most commonly said, while Duolingo is only concerned with what is most commonly said. So, think, MOST COMMONLY SAID for your translations as far as verb usage is concerned. Duolingo does not need to include anything else. And most commonly doesn't.
Eugene: Good points, but you should have specified "most commonly said in North American English." Many of Duolingo's students (like me) like to use the words with which they are most familiar, not just those that Duo decrees.
If this is true, perhaps duolingo should not use the word "divertido/a". There is no such phrase in the English language as "not very fun". I doesn't make sense whichever side of the Atlantic you are on.
"FUN MOVIE" is INCORRECT English .... "Fun" is a noun, not an adjective "Funny", the adjective is required to describe a noun, in this case a movie.
Won't accept "an amusing film" and won't let me report it. I'm getting a bit fed up with all the errors on Duolingo Spanish. Sometimes it's to do with American "English" but at other times it's just a lack of grammatical knowledge.
I answered an enjoyable movie and was marked wrong. I know they want "a fun movie"; i just have a problem with their grammar!
fun (fun-filled) trips, fun facts, fun parties... fun movies
car keys, road rage, tea cups, window glass… fun movies
I think next time I see this sentence I'll try "A diverting film." That should work, but one never knows what's in the data-base until one tries something different. It means an entirely different experience than "a funny movie," however, which is how I describe comedies! ;-)
"Fun" is a noun not an adjective. "The movie was fun to watch" is English. "A fun movie" is American. English is a bastard language but worth trying to keep as pure as possible even though there are more English-speaking North Americans than there are English-speaking British. Unfortunately, common usage will make it become correct. I am right, aren't I? See? "Aren't I" isn't grammatical but has become acceptable. You wouldn't say, "No I aren't". It should be "Am I not?"
Will someone in Duolingo please get a Spanish English dictionary and look up the word "divertida/o". It means "amusing". I am fed up with errors coming up when I put this as an answer.
In Spanish "amusing" means "entretenido" or "ameno". "Diversión" is a noun and "divertido" an adjetive.
According to this dictionary, "divertido" means, fun, enjoyable, entertaining, amusing, funny (in context of "causing laughter"). https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/divertido.
This dictionary adds "pleasant." https://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=divertido
Thus it means more than just "amusing". EugeneTiffany makes a good point above.
Shouldn't "An interesting movie" be accepted as well? It marked my answer as incorrect.
Why do they talk backwards? Shouldn't the sentence read...Una divertida pelicula?
This may help: https://community.dur.ac.uk/m.p.thompson/adjectives.htm or in less technical language: https://www.thoughtco.com/adjectives-in-their-place-3078145
Difficult for British people. We'd not say "A fun movie" "A funny movie" maybe, or an enjoyable one. We are disadvantaged by language differences here.
When i said film is was marked incorrect. Is movie and film different in Spanish?
"Film" was accepted for me eight months ago. Perhaps there was another mistake in your answer.
“A fun show” didnt work. Reported June 29 2018.
Was told correct answer was: “A fun film.”
Note: ”A funny film" is accepted.