"¿Tú lees en español?"

Translation:Do you read in Spanish?

June 2, 2018

85 Comments


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

It is wrong to require the adverb IN here. One reads Spanish, one speaks Spanish, While you may want a student to use "in" it is not incorrect to omit it!

June 2, 2018

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

I agree. There are some verbs that need the "in", like, "I converse in Spanish", but "read" is fine without the "in" and to my ear it sounds more natural.

I'll just add that here, the "in" is a preposition.

June 14, 2018

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

Oops! Thx

June 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lunabea89

Not when you're asking someone if they read in a certain language. It doesn't make sense to say 'I read Spanish' unless you were to follow it up with the subject: 'I read Spanish to my son' you would say 'I speak Spanish' and not 'I speak in Spanish' because it's not possible to use this preceding an object, I.e I speak 'presentations' in Spanish. You would say 'I read books in Spanish' and because this topic is on the school skill it makes perfect sense for the sentence to say 'in' and why having it without is grammatically incorrect in this instance.

July 31, 2018

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

"I read Spanish" is not grammatically incorrect as a reply, which is the only time I can see this phrase being used.

"Wait. That book is in Spanish."

"I read Spanish."

When would "I read in Spanish" ever be used?

July 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SugarBooge6

Spanish is so cool

August 17, 2019

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

Reported. Not accepted as of July 2018.

July 6, 2018

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

I'm with you Dan!

June 8, 2018

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

Thx

June 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClaryBijl-

Do you read Spanish ,? Is still marked wrong.

July 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahSalaz7

You can speak in Spanish or write in Spanish, but "read in Spanish" sounds awkward and unnatural in almost every situation.

June 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheTravel18

I agree

July 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DirtyHarri3

I wonder if this could possibly be like 'thinking in Spanish'. If so, then reading in Spanish could be the same? You read in Spanish could mean you don't need to translate to English because you are thinking in Spanish. Would that work?? Just a thought

July 16, 2018

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

Yes! in the end one learns the Spanish phrases and the English translations, correct or not. I am very grateful for Duolingo -though not so keen on this new version wiTh fish hamburgers and 'carro' instead of 'coche'! I am English speaking, it could be tiresome for people wanting to learn correct English when the translations are not fluent current English and they learn them.

July 16, 2018

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

You make a very good point. But it seems to me that Duolingo's purpose should be to deal with the most common day to day uses of the language. Now, I have heard people ask "Do you speak (read) in Spanish," meaning "Do you speak (read) in your Spanish class. I have never had anyone ask "Do you speak in English?" or "Do you read in English?"
As for carro, coche, auto and automóvil, it really depends where you are.
In Mexico both carro and coche are used. In advertisements for new houses, the house is said to come with a cochera not a garaje. Garaje is mostly used for a place to have your coche repaired.

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LynePar1

should be like in french and be permited to write both do you read in spanish ? or Do you read spanish ?

June 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dan822375

I abolutely agree with srrusso. Nobody says "read in Spanish" in English!

June 4, 2018

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

Thx

June 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dirm12

Admins please take note: you have given a literal translation, and not the translation English speakers use.

July 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elzbet3

They mean two different things in English. I read Spanish means I can read Spanish, I read in spanish mean I read a particular bit of text in Spanish, such as a particular book. Does the sample sentence also have that distinction?

July 16, 2018

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

You would need to have an object 'it' or 'the book' in your second example for it to be correct in English

July 16, 2018

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

Wouldnt it he the other way around? If i read in spanish then thats the language i use. If i read Spanish i have the ability to read it.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary466552

I think that " DO you read Spanish" could also mean in English " " CAN you read Spanish " but this was marked wrong.
Could the question " Tu lees en espanol? " mean, in Spanish, " ARE you READING in Spanish ?" , i.e. not in English, or Russian or whatever.

July 27, 2018

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

Thats what i was thinking. Like when i recently read a book of poems by Pablo Neruda, i read it in english and then I attempred reading it in spanish.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keem266504

I think "can" and "do" can both work in the English answer for "Tu lees en espanol?"

December 29, 2018

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

As I post this, I have read 56 comments about how the preposition "in" is not colloquial Spanish. I agree. My question is, why has nobody ever considered that perhaps what DL is trying to teach us is that it IS colloquial Spanish to include the "en?" I would love to hear from a native Spanish speaker.

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthPalmer3

Should accept read Spanish; read in Spanish is awkward

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jthetruth99

Tú isn't necessary here because we know that ¨lees¨is ¨you read¨ correct?

September 14, 2018

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

That is very correct. :)

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve609629

Si. Todos los dias.

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jas188651

lees, leo and leer

What are the differences!?

December 27, 2018

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

Is this weird i used the word bank but i could not click the button which said "read". Also you could say "Do you read spanish". A continuation of this sentence could be "Do you read Spanish books" translated as "¿Tu lees libros de español?"

April 12, 2019

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

this was written 12th april 2019

April 12, 2019

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

What the different between lees and leo, both mean read right?

April 14, 2019

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

They are different conjugations of the same verb. Leo goes with the pronoun yo, so it means "I am reading", and lees goes with , translating as "you are reading".

April 14, 2019

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

Okay so how about "do you speak in Spanish"? I do not think so.

July 2, 2018

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

do you read Spanish? more natural

July 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MayaKaplun1

What is the difference between leo, leer, and lees?

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grexian2

Leer = to read. (Yo) leo = I read. (Tú) lees = you read. https://www.dummies.com/languages/spanish/conjugating-the-spanish-verb-leer-to-read/

March 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0MMYYY

Thanks for the clarification. I don't see a lot of comments that just get straight to the point.

June 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErichMinya1

I put do you read spanish and it was right but the opposite translation gets it wrong? I hate duo sometimes

September 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Renatas71708

Whats the difference between 'leo' and 'lees'? Please someone

November 10, 2018

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

Wouldn't you say "Do you read spanish?" Not including the "in"?

November 14, 2018

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

What would "Do you read Spanish?" even mean? "Can you read Spanish?" would be the more common way to express what I think is your idea.

The above sentence can mean either that or refer to the language in which you read a book or something: "Do you read (the book) in Spanish?" Or asking about whether you're doing any reading in a Spanish class.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/megan517652

I can imagine a context where you would say "do you read Spanish", like if I were at someone's house and found Spanish books on their shelf, I might say, "Oh! Do you read Spanish? I have a book to lend you, then!" Alternatively, I can imagine saying "do you read in Spanish", like if a parent were trying to bring up their child to be bilingual and mentioned that they talk to their kid in both English and Spanish, I might ask, "Oh, do you read (to the kid) in Spanish, too?"

December 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TuckerSchu6

subscribe to pewdiepie guys

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicole480964

Would '¿puedes lees en español?' be translated as "can you read in spanish?'

March 5, 2019

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

You would need "Puedes leer" in that case. Remember, you can have only one conjugated verb in a clause.

March 5, 2019

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

Yes i do

April 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoeCool487756

Though I agree with Lunsbea89 thats not a great example because we say " I give presentations" . A better one is I read in Spanish to my children.

May 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KadenBooth2

this dose not make sens to wright ¨Do you read in Spanish?¨ in Spanish

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0MMYYY

Heyyyy .

June 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marian49403

It's very hard to pronounce you should put later on

July 3, 2019

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

could you say "are you reading in Spanish"? . I know this would be Estás leyendo en español? But often in Spanish you dont need to ask questions in this form? Anyone who knows a response with further information would be appreciated

July 17, 2019

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

"Are you reading in Spanish?" is a fine translation here. Spanish uses its "estar + gerundio" form in much narrower circumstances than English uses the present progressive.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/89MBD
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June 12. Accepted Do you read Spanish?

June 12, 2018

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

7/3/18 Do you read Spanish was marked wrong.

July 3, 2018

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

It's ridiculous. Apparently they accept it one time and not the next. They give no reason for their lack of standardization. I find that I sometimes do the exercises on my Ipad and think that I have met my daily goal, then it cancels my days in a row?? Duolingo is free and can be useful, but it can definitely be frustrating!!!!

July 4, 2018

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

The fluctuation has to do with the fact that DL users are upvoting it and downvoting it. Eventually, once enough people weigh in, one or the other or both translations will be accepted.

August 17, 2018

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

still not accepted july 25 2018

July 24, 2018

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

Good. Thx

June 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DirtyHarri3

it did not accept my answer without the 'en' so I reported it. Let's see what they say

July 11, 2018

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

They have ignored our comments in the past. Apparently no one at Duolingo pays attention to our comments. To say "hablo en español" or "leo en español" is not acceptable grammatically. If Duolingo is trying to teach us some form of Spanglish it might be acceptable, but if you want to speak Spanish in an acceptable manner the "en" is wrong. You know that, so give Duolingo the answer that they insist on and keep moving along. Many of us know that you are correct, but the Duolingo computer apparently has not been programmed by someone who knows the Spanish language well. That is sad.

July 11, 2018

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

The comment sections are rarely visited by the moderators. They're more for answering each other's questions.

The only reliable method to report these instances is using the "report" function. Or maybe sneaking into one of the moderators' forums.

July 23, 2018

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

There is a mod comment at the top of the page @srrusso

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DirtyHarri3

yes, that's what I'm doing....as long as I remember that's how I have to do it. If it's really the way Spanish requires it, in writing, I'm ok with that. But translating it to English, I doubt I would say 'reading in Spanish' to anyone.

July 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Violet696688

Whatever

April 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zeinaDiab8

Si . Yo lees espanõl

October 12, 2018

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

"Yo leo (en) español." The squiggle is only over the 'n' in Spanish. 'ã' and 'õ' are Portuguese.

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicole480964

Would 'puedes lees en español' be translated as can you read in spanish?

March 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2Wz1xJR2

You read Spanish, you write in Spanish, you speak Spanish, you understand Spanish.

September 18, 2018

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

Yes i do, thanks.

December 24, 2018

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

Bad grammar anyway. Should be can you read Spanish - puedes leer español

September 17, 2018

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

That's not even what the sentence is trying to say. Instead, it wants to know, for example, which language the book you're reading is in.

Hm, maybe "¿Tú lo lees en español?" would be the better option.

September 18, 2018

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

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January 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaChiswe1

Do you read "in" Spanish does not make grammatical sense!

August 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary466552

I have read Anna Karenina is Russian. I have read Emma Bovary in French, and in Spanish I have read Don Quixote.

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary466552

Typo: meant to say I have read Anna Karenina " in" Russian.

August 14, 2018

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

How about a shorthand form for "Do you read in Spanish class?"? I think that could work.

August 13, 2018
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