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"¿Ustedes saben hablar chino?"

Translation:Do you know how to speak Chinese?

April 27, 2018





Do you speak Chinese? was rejected but I think it is perfectly acceptable (2018-09-09).


Do you speak Chinese? = ¿(Ustedes) hablan chino?


In English, "Do you speak [language]?" usually asks about the ability to speak that language. I think it would be an okay translation here.


Thank you. “Do you speak Chinese” and “Can you speak Chinese” pretty much means the same thing in English.

In other lessons, DL has the following:

¿Sabes cocinar? --- Can you cook?
¿Sabes nadar bien? --- Can you swim well?
¿Sabes nadar? --- Can you swim?
Ellos saben contar --- They can count
Ustedes saben escribir --- You can write


Why is ustedes you? Why can't it be they?


Although ustedes and ellos/ellas conjugate verbs the same way (i.e., they use the same form of the verb), ustedes is strictly the second-person plural pronoun (plural "you"), while ellos/ellas is strictly the third-person plural pronoun ("they").


I gave up on the Chinese it became far too complex too quickly.


Sí, es mi lengua nativa.


"Can you speak Chinese" is the normal way of asking the same thing in English. The concept of forcing a literal translation of what Spanish speakers say is silly, to say the least.


There's no such language called Chinese. The Chinese people either speak Cantonese or Mandarin.


There are hundreds of Chinese languages, but the Chinese people themselves are to blame for this conflation: they typically regard all Chinese languages as local dialects (and the government encourages this) mainly out of nationalism, despite their mutual unintelligibility. This is why they can all be called chino.


When do you use poder and when saber or are they interchangeable


Poder = to be able to / can Saber = to know

They are typically NOT interchangeable. However, in this case, saying "Are you able to speak Chinese?" and "Do you know how to speak Chinese", they are similar.


yo i wrote the reply containing poder. and it was accepted.


Es similar pero no es lo mismo poder que saber




¿Te refieres a mandarín o cantonés?


Why we need to use the word how? I write without how ,and it give me a worng answer.


"Do you know to use...?" significa que “¿sabe lo que DEBE usar...?”

"Do you know HOW to use...?” significa que “Está consciente de cómo usar ...?”

"Do you know to use ...?" means “Do you know that you MUST/SHOULD use ...?”

"Do you know how to use...?” means “Do you know the manner in which to use ...?”


How many times do I have to tell you? I. DON'T. SPEAK. CHINESE!


It sounds so formal. Does anyone ever say something like this? Saben hablar or saben cocinar. If you want to know if someone speaks chinese, wouldn't you just say: ¿usted habla chino?


That works in English, but not so well in Spanish. If you ask "¿Usted habla chino?", it sounds surprised, like you just witnessed the person speaking Chinese and you didn't know that they have the ability. (Or if you didn't know what language it was.)

You can say either "¿Sabe hablar chino?" or "¿Puede hablar chino?" when asking about their abilities.


I wrote Do you know how to talk chinese. this was marked wrong. talk = speak and speak = talk??


Yes, hablar can be translated as "to speak" or "to talk." In English, however, the correct choice to refer to proficiency using a language is "to speak." Saying "I talk Chinese" is very unnatural sounding.


I put, "Do all of you know how to speak Chinese" and got it wrong. What's wrong with that?


I wouldn't translate ustedes with "all of you". "All of you" focuses on the fact that every single person of that group has the ability, while the original sentence just very generally probes whether the group, at large, can speak the language.

"All of you" is better expressed as "todos ustedes".


In some of the exercises "ustedes" is translated with "all of you", so I understand where this question comes from. It can be confusing sometimes. But that's why there is a "report" button.


In order to say "To be able to do something", in English you can use CAN.


Why is there no "how" in the spanish sentence?


"Saber [hacer algo]" means "to know how to [do something]". No need for an additional word.


What's the difference between "Do you know how to speak Chinese" and "Do you speak Chinese?" P.s I actually do speak Chinese XD


In English there's normally no difference between those sentences. Both ask about your ability to speak the language.


I'm probably thinking incorrectly on this but is it way off base to interpret this way in English: Usted sabe= you (individual) know Ustedes saben= you all (group) know


Do you speak chinese should also work


Marek, it won't.


Ustedes sabem como hablar chino? is Like Do you know how to speak Chinese? Another mistake.


Shouldn't it be Mandarin and not Chinese?


Devesh, technically, "Chinese" isn't something you speak, that's correct. This sentence isn't attempting to be technical, though. Please also be aware that Mandarin isn't the only Chinese language.


This sentence isn't technical because Chinese people themselves and their government conflate all the various Chinese languages as a single "language". This isn't the problem of Western linguists, or Duolingo, by any means. That being said, "Chinese" typically refers to Standard Chinese, or the Beijing dialect of Mandarin.


What is the difference between "hablar chino" and "hablar en chino"?


四!哟色阿布拉尔吃诺!chino(I don't even know why I'm doing this)


This sentence sounds so stupid. For me saying "do you know how to speak chinese" forcing the answer: "yes, I just need to open my mouth and make a sound". O_o


I tried ¨Do you all know how to speak Chinese?¨ just to see what would happen. Duo accepted it.

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    If you are learning Chinese be wary of the Duolingo Chinese tree. Even though it is out of beta it is a patience warping trial. The translations are excrutiatingly obtuse. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!


    Who says "Do you know how to speak Chinese"? It is not natural English. This should be "Can you speak Chinese" but this is not accepted. Reported.

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