"A cup of coffee."
Translation:Una taza de café.
I chose "una vaso de cafe" and that was wrong. Is that because cafe is feminine?
Good news! You don't need physical buttons with the accents. This can actually be fixed within a minute or two if you know your way around the computer settings. I'll leave some help with the assumption is that you are based in the USA but you should be able to follow along regardless.
Windows: If you're on a newer Windows 10 machine, right click on your start menu icon and left click on Settings. Then type in "region". Click on "Region & Language Settings". Click on "English (United States)". Then click "Options". Then click the "+" symbol to add a new keyboard. Add the "United States - International" keyboard. Once they keyboard is installed, you'll notice your taskbar now has text icon indicated your current keyboard setting. It will normally say "ENG US" for US English, but, you can click on it to change it to "ENG INTL" for US International English. When you change to this keyboard, you can quickly type accents by holding the right-ALT key down first and then typing a letter. This also works for the upside-down question mark and exclamation point. This keyboard setting is application specific. This means you can have different keyboard settings as you switch windows on your computer, for example, between your browser that has Duolingo in it and your text editor like Microsoft Word.
Mac: because you pay a premium for Apple devices in exchange for convenience, you should at any time only need to press and hold a letter on your keyboard. After pressing and holding for about a second or two, a window will pop up on your screen with alternate letter options.
While there are several exceptions to this rule, the general rule is if the noun ends in 'o', it is masculine so you would use 'el' or 'un'. If it ends in 'a' then you would use 'la' or 'una'. Again, there are exceptions such as 'carne'. This is feminine, but café is masculine. 'Vestido' which is a dress, is masculine, but a falda(which to me is half of a dress) is feminine. I couldn't tell you who decided or how nouns were decided to be gender specific, but in Spanish(and other languages as well), they are. A word if advice would be to make a Spanish notebook and write this down so you can study them at your leisure.
It's really not to confusing. Think about it like this, you use gender to determine what words to say anyways. If Emily lost her chocolate, then you would probably say (unless you are a cruel person) Let's help HER find HER chocolate. If you were talking about your buddy Edwin, you would say his. See? It makes sense. Just remember the... err... gender of what your talking about? It may sound strange, but you'll get used to this. (If you know an Emily or Edwin give me a lingot) :)
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Yeah, I think that somewhere in one of these discussions it's explained. But I came to ask how to unsubscribe from this thing. Anytime someone comments on any discussion I have ever seen, I get ANOTHER EMAIL. Duolingo is an inportant aspect in my life, but my e-mail is really cluttered an full of these messages. I understand how this may be helpful if you are talking in one discussion, but I have looked at many, and this is just a burden that I can't carry be anymore.
taza = cup, while vaso = glass. But in some places “la taza” always refers to the toilet bowl! So people tend to avoid using the word “taza” for anything else. Many will say “un vaso de cafe” while others will ask for “un cafecito”, to sidestep either taza or vaso. It’s just a cultural thing that we learn along with the language itself.
Una goes with feminine words, which usually end with the letter 'a', so 'a cup' would be una taza. When words end with 'e' or 'o', they're almost always a masculine word and masculine words go with 'un'. Same with 'the'. it the noun ends with o or e, the word 'the' is 'el'. if the noun ends with an 'a', then the word 'the' is 'la'. so 'un' and 'el' are for masculine words. and 'una' and 'la' are for feminine words. un and una mean 'a' or 'an' el and la mean 'the' I hope that helps