"¿Usted tiene una cartera?"
Translation:Do you have a purse?
It can be either. https://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/cartera
Sorry, can't remember if i did. I certainly think I would have. Duo seems to notify me of comments, such as this one kindly made by you, by email, and not on the app or on the web page. I haven't been looking at look at my emails regularly enough, sorry. Thanks for your reply.
Okay, you are probably getting the “eh” sound from the end of “tiene” which sounds like two syllables and then that sound almost blends into the ‘u’ sound from “una” which is also two syllables. The ‘n’ is not the strong sound that we are used to in English. Try listening here to native speakers which are clearer than the TTS used in Duolingo:
There is more than one meaning for the word “purse” https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/purse
There is also more than one meaning for the word “cartera”. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cartera
“Bolso” can be any bag, but also a handbag or purse. https://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/Bolso
Perhaps it is a place to keep your money and driver’s license and credit cards. Different people carry it in different kinds of containers. https://dictionary.reverso.net/english-spanish/Wallet https://dictionary.reverso.net/english-spanish/Purse
“Cartera” is even more than that so maybe a container that you carry as with added words it can be a portfolio and even a briefcase, so scroll all the way down at this link for all its uses: https://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/Cartera
Wallet, purse and briefcase are all correct, but suitcase is not. https://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/Cartera
There are many forms of “you” in Spanish and they each have a different verb conjugation.
“Tu tienes” is a familiar form used with friends, family and children in Spain.
“Usted tiene” is the most used form in Latin America and is the formal form in Spain for people with whom you are not on a first name basis .
In Argentina and some other Latin American countries, there is another singular you form “Vos tenés” which may be used instead of “tu tienes”.
“Ustedes tienen” is the plural form in Latin America and is the formal plural form in Spain.
Spain also has a familiar plural form “Vosotros tenéis” with “Vosotras tenéis” for an all female group.