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!
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.
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.
"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?
You can speak in Spanish or write in Spanish, but "read in Spanish" sounds awkward and unnatural in almost every situation.
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
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.
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.
should be like in french and be permited to write both do you read in spanish ? or Do you read spanish ?
Admins please take note: you have given a literal translation, and not the translation English speakers use.
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?
You would need to have an object 'it' or 'the book' in your second example for it to be correct in English
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.
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.
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.
I think "can" and "do" can both work in the English answer for "Tu lees en espanol?"
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.
Tú isn't necessary here because we know that ¨lees¨is ¨you read¨ correct?
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?"
They are different conjugations of the same verb. Leo goes with the pronoun yo, so it means "I am reading", and lees goes with tú, translating as "you are reading".
Leer = to read. (Yo) leo = I read. (Tú) lees = you read. https://www.dummies.com/languages/spanish/conjugating-the-spanish-verb-leer-to-read/
Thanks for the clarification. I don't see a lot of comments that just get straight to the point.
I put do you read spanish and it was right but the opposite translation gets it wrong? I hate duo sometimes
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.
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?"
Would '¿puedes lees en español?' be translated as "can you read in spanish?'
You would need "Puedes leer" in that case. Remember, you can have only one conjugated verb in a clause.
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.
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
"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.
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!!!!
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.
it did not accept my answer without the 'en' so I reported it. Let's see what they say
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.
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.
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.
"Yo leo (en) español." The squiggle is only over the 'n' in Spanish. 'ã' and 'õ' are Portuguese.
You read Spanish, you write in Spanish, you speak Spanish, you understand Spanish.
Bad grammar anyway. Should be can you read Spanish - puedes leer español
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.
I have read Anna Karenina is Russian. I have read Emma Bovary in French, and in Spanish I have read Don Quixote.