"¿Las señoras hablan inglés o español?"

Translation:Do the ladies speak English or Spanish?

May 25, 2018



I answered " Do the women speak English or Spanish?" I got it wrong! DL suggested that I use "ladies" instead of "women". Seriously?

August 11, 2018


Still marked wrong in June 2019. Come on, Duo, women and ladies are the same thing!

June 28, 2019


I did the same and still wrong. I reported for them to review.

October 29, 2018


I agree women ladies what is the difference

June 19, 2019


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September 7, 2019


I got the same response. I think its daft that it would fail on such a thing.

June 23, 2019


I did do the ladies speak English or Spanish and i got it wrong too

July 18, 2019


As stated in above comments, the usage of ladies over women is a tad antiquated for most of us English speakers. I agree that should be changed.

August 19, 2018


You may find the use of Ladies in English antiquated - I guess that depends on which part of the world you are from - but in Spanish the formal way of talking about women is "las señoras" and the translation should reflect the formal register. That's all. Don't expect the Spanish speakers to change their language because you find it antiquated.

October 30, 2018


They're not saying the spanish should be changes, just that in english "ladies" doesn't carry the same connotation as is meant by "señoras" anymore. "Women" is now more formally accepted than "ladies" which sounds somewhat patronising in common American English at this moment in history.

December 28, 2018


To use 'lady' is a sign of respect in the UK.

August 6, 2019


bad take, minty

June 26, 2019


How do you know it is not "Are the women speaking English or Spanish" instead of "Do the women...."

September 22, 2018


"Are the ladies speaking english or spanish?" is accepted, so your answer was probably marked wrong because duolingo wants you to use the word ladies instead of women.

August 26, 2019


The comments on this and some other topics show some basic flaws in this approach: (1) This is not an English course. Yet the user interface is in English. (2) This is not a translation course. But for most questions the students are asked to translate an English text into Spanish or re-write Spanish sentences in English. The problems are obvious. I don't know what percentage of the people using this course are fluent in English. Shortcomings on that side may make it difficult to accomplish the task. Translating a text means that you first need to understand the meaning. Then you put that meaning into the target language, preserving the style and level of formality or informality. That may mean that the structure of the original sentence changes.

But that is not how duolingo works. You are expected to translate the original text almost word for word. I have noticed that even moving the word "sometimes" (a veces) from the end to the middle of a sentence upsets the system. So, now I stick to word for word translation. I have also learned to use American terms instead of British English. I also pay attention to what preposition I am expected to use. I'm learning how to please the system - and I may even learn some Spanish in the process.

So, unless you know of a better free course, keep your head down and do as the Big Brother says.

October 30, 2018


So I wrote "are the ladies speaking english or spanish?" Why is that wrong?

September 18, 2018


I just gave the same answer, and now it is accepted.

August 26, 2019


I know I was born in the stone age, but surely there is still a clear difference in the meanings of "ladies" and "women". To me, it is on the same level as the difference between, "Excuse me, sir", and "Hey, you!"

June 23, 2019


Well said.

June 23, 2019


'Ladies' is used in the UK but is really becoming seen as a bit quaint. Most of the time people would say 'women'

August 5, 2018


Reported this and got feedback today that 'women' will be accepted as well as 'ladies'

August 21, 2018


9-7-19 women was accepted.

September 7, 2019


I just got women wrong today 8/25/18

August 25, 2018


On August 21, I got a Feedback email saying that “women” is now accepted. That day, it was marked wrong in an exercise. The next day it was accepted. Crazy...

August 25, 2018


Sad. Incorrect translation. Bad teaching. It's wrong.

September 17, 2018


I said "do the ladies talk in english or spanish?", but got it wrong... what is the difference between talk and speak?

June 18, 2018


The differences are subtle but real. When it is about languages, we use 'speak'. IMO your translation is reasonable but has a slightly different meaning. Check out https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/speak-or-talk

June 22, 2018


The previous reply is a good one. But also, you added an extra word "in" that is not needed.

September 11, 2018


Are the ladies speaking English or Spanish? Is the correct response.

December 13, 2018


I interchanged English and español, nos I am incorrect

July 18, 2018


¿O ambos?

July 21, 2018


A consistent problem with Duolingo. Questions are not asked as questions (go back an listen to the audio). This sentence is "The ladies speak English or Spanish." The problem is amplified because there is no consistency to subject-verb placement in Spanish. Ugh. [and while we're at it, I read this as "Ladies speak English or Spanish" and not "THE ladies"]

August 8, 2018


Must of fixed that as I hear an inflection in the female's voice.

September 7, 2019


Am i missing something? Do the women speak English or Spanish? Was marked as incorrect.

August 12, 2018


Duo is trying to teach the difference between señoras and mujeres.

August 12, 2018


I put "Are the ladies speaking English or Spanish?" And it was marked wrong. Just out of curiosity, how would you say "Are the ladies speaking English or Spanish?" In Spanish. Let me know. I feel like owl hunting tonight.

August 13, 2018


why is the term "ladies" different from "women"? They both mean the same

August 14, 2018


how would you make the statement (not a question) "the ladies speak English or Spanish?

August 16, 2018


I think you simply remove the question marks and change the inflection in your voice, Las señoras hablan inglés o español.

September 7, 2019


Las is definite article for Femlaes and Los is for Males, Right? Do we have for neuter?

August 18, 2018


Thats a good question. I think you just say Los, because most Male articles can also be for both. I don't know though hope this helped?

July 4, 2019


Are the ladies speaking english or spanish....marked wrong....why?

August 22, 2018


I would say "ladies" is patronising rather than "quaint", however it is useful to know what the most direct translation is, particularly if that informs what you might want to avoid

August 31, 2018


Ewan83, Trust me, I'm glad I'm not a man trying to figure out what to call a woman these days! But to err on the side of respect is better than to show disrespect, IMO! I LIKE respect and polite behavior; I believe the world could use more of it! I don't pay a lot of attention to "politically correct" speech, personally.

Like EugeneTiffany said above, I think Duo is trying to teach the difference between Señoras y mujeres.

February 13, 2019


i thought senorita was a lady/woman not senora??

September 1, 2018


Señorita is a young lady or girl.

September 11, 2018


I answered, "Do you ladies speak English or Spanish" and got it wrong.

September 4, 2018


Your error was saying "you" instead of "the". There's a difference in meaning, and the original sentence doesn't include any "you".

September 11, 2018


I also put "you ladies": if this was a question being asked to the women themselves, "hablan" would be the polite form and would correspond to English "you speak" just as if you had asked "¿Ustedes hablan..?".

Is it not possible to politely address someone as "El señor" etc in this way?

December 3, 2018


Learpholla, perhaps a person could directly ask men or women politely that direct question, using Ustedes, but because that pronoun was not used, you need to translate the article without adding the pronoun, & "Do the ladies speak English or Spanish?" implies that two other people are speaking to each other with a question ABOUT the ladies.

February 13, 2019


In other questions. Are speaking, they use hablan. So why was my answer wrong. (Are the women speaking English or Spanish?)

September 16, 2018


"Does the ladies" is marked wrong, why?

October 13, 2018


Because "does" is singular and "ladies" is plural.

October 30, 2018


Prevoiusly you always used Madam for Señora

October 14, 2018


In the drop down and was an option. Speak English and Spanish was a MUCH BETTER CHOICE than speak English or Spanish. Geez Duo.

November 2, 2018


Howver, the sentence says "o" (or) not "y" (and). The dropdowns can be --- and often are --- misleading. They are computer generated and don't always suit the context.

November 2, 2018


If senoras is ladies then what is senoritas

January 22, 2019


Young ladies.

January 23, 2019


I would just like it when i am following the instructions and i get it write and its gets marked wrong and I look at the correct answer it is the same as my answer that was marked wrong.

March 24, 2019


i put do the ladies speak spanish or english and it told me I was wrong

March 26, 2019


You have the language names in the wrong order; it should be "English or Spanish" ("inglés o español").

It might seem a trivial difference, but the order is important to make sure people are correctly identifying the words.

March 26, 2019


What I put us exactly what comes up, what is the problem?

March 27, 2019


I said "do the ladies speak Spanish or English" and it said it should have been "do the ladies speak English or Spanish?"

March 30, 2019


Cant see.my answer...fix it

April 2, 2019


I got it incorrect when I put "Do ladies speak English of Spanish?"

April 23, 2019


I decided to say you ladies since hablan would be the formal form ..

April 24, 2019


I used lady's what's wrong

April 30, 2019


Lady's (with the apostrophe) is the possessive of lady as in "the lady's. hat." The plural form is ladies.

May 1, 2019


Why is "Do those ladies..." incorrect?

May 31, 2019


Jon, there is no word for "those" in the Spanish sentence. "las" is just the definite article, not a demonstrative adjective.

"those women" would be "esas mujeres" (nearby) or "aquellas mujeres" ('over there').

See this page about demonstratives on studyspanish.com

May 31, 2019


That is exactly what I wrote, but it was marked incorrect

June 7, 2019


I am tired of trying to decipher what this woman is saying. If Duoling want us to learn Spanish they should at least employ someone who speaks clearly. I can always tell what the man is saying.

June 12, 2019


speak or talk... isn't it the same?

August 4, 2019


The word "ladies" in Spanish is different than the word "women" - a woman of fine bearing or good manners and education is a lady or "señora"

It's like the word madam or sir in English.

All ladies are women, but not all women are ladies.

August 12, 2019


It sounds like la señora - please speak clearly for the students

September 2, 2019


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September 7, 2019


Weird, when I wrote "do the girls speak English or Spanish" DuoLingo told me I was wrong and advised: " Do the gals speak English or Spanish?"

May 31, 2018


Niña is girl, señora is lady

June 30, 2018


"Girls" is "niñas" in Spanish. I suppose "gals" has been provided as slang for ladies.

June 8, 2018


According to word reference: a gal is a girl Una Señor/a ( Sr./ Sra.) is a Mrs. Señora: Lady , Madame, Ma'am,...

Señora ( Polite): Older woman, or married woman) Madam...

Señorita( Younger woman) Miss.

June 8, 2018


Yes, normally gals means girls but when women go out for a night together they often call it "a night with the girls (gals)". Perhaps it's been reported and accepted...

July 6, 2018


Just because some people use words in their own way that doesn't make it true English.

A girl is a girl is a girl.

A child.

Fundamental reality.

A man calling a woman, "baby" does make baby mean in English anything but a baby. An infant.

September 16, 2018


Señoras are not girls! It's a term of respect for married or older women.

July 9, 2018


This could be a polite way (somewhat servile) of saying "do you...".

June 9, 2018


Is there any real difference: the ladies, do they speak English or Spanish and the translation above?

June 16, 2018


The voice did not make this sound at all like a question.

June 27, 2018


I too wrote women....

August 22, 2018



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October 13, 2018


i put do the ladies speak spanish or english and it was marked wrong. said correct translation is do the ladies speak english or spanish. i reported it

July 12, 2018


Look close to it :" inglés o español"

July 12, 2018


the order does not change the meaning. so i don't understand why it was marked wrong

July 21, 2018


LOL. I think it would be easier to answer in the correct order than to argue about it.

Or maybe try to change the world and say "Gentlemen and Ladies...", "bolts and nuts", and "Eve and Adam".


July 22, 2018


Do the women speak English or Spanish? Seriously! I got this wrong! Burn the Word to Hell!

August 2, 2018


I, too, wrote women and think it should be an accepted answer. Reported.

August 4, 2018


Same here

August 8, 2018



We learned the word mujeres translates to women and vice versa long ago.

If Duolingo had wanted you to use the word women it would have shown you the word mujeres.

September 17, 2018


me, too

September 24, 2018
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