"Probamos las patatas y frijoles."

Translation:We are trying the potatoes and beans.

June 8, 2018


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Isn't "papas" potatoes? I haven't heard of "patatas" before.

July 5, 2018


Both are correct translations; "patatas" is typically said in Spain while "papas" is typically said in Latin America. Source: http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/potato?toolbar=true

July 13, 2018


That's what I thought. My Latino family always called potatoes "papas".

August 27, 2018



July 9, 2018


"We are trying potatoes and beans" should be accepted no?

June 8, 2018


In English, the nuance of "We try potatoes and beans" is that doing this is one of the permanent or longstanding characteristics of the group of people who "try potatoes and beans." Also, the nuance of "We are trying potatoes and beans" is that this group of people who are "trying potatoes and beans" do so on a regular basis or are actively doing so at the present moment.

English-speaking people often use simple present tense or continuous/progressive tense interchangeably in situations where Spanish-speaking people would mostly use present tense. Depending on the nuance to be conveyed, either interpretation of "Probamos las patatas y frijoles" is acceptable and correct English.

July 15, 2018


Accepted 9/12/18

September 12, 2018


Why is this not "las patatas y los frijoles"?

September 23, 2018


I have the same question too. Could someone please explain?

January 18, 2019


Good question, but I don't think there's a good answer. In other words, I think this sentence should take the definite article for both or neither of them. Requiring it for one and not the other seems to be an overly literal translation. It's possible there's a dish called "potatoes and beans," but I doubt it would be expressed in Spanish using "y " rather than "con."

If Duo rejects a translation that includes both "las " and "los," it should probably be reported. It seems to me that saying "las patatas y frijoles " is a bit like saying "the (specific) potatoes and (some) beans," with the parenthetical words added to clarify the sense of the phrase."

January 18, 2019


Thanks for the explanation. It was a Dictation exercise, so I got it right anyway & could have a good excuse to report it.

January 18, 2019


Sounds tasty.

November 26, 2018


Why isn't 'let's try' okay?

August 4, 2018


It could be. Duo tends to reserve "let's" for the imperative, but that's just a (somewhat inconsistent) convention of the program.

August 29, 2018


Patatas? What happened to papas?

December 16, 2018


Both mean potatoes, and both are correct. Patatas is just used more in Spain, while papas is used more in Latin America.

September 9, 2019


One time while testing out I used patatas instead of papas and got it wrong, and now they are using patatas here.

February 1, 2019


¡Qué patas tiene Duo!

April 19, 2019


I answered "We are tasting the potatoes and beans" and was marked correct.

March 26, 2019


Where does the word Las falls in place of this sentence

September 2, 2019

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It's the feminine plural definite article "the" and it's attached to "patatas".

September 2, 2019


English does not require the definte article here

June 23, 2018


patatas is not a latin american word.. what a strange conglomeration of spanish here.

October 29, 2018


i said we are trying beans and potatoes. is that wrong? it counted it wrong.

February 5, 2019

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Because Duolingo thinks you believe "patatas" means "beans" and "frijoles" means "potatoes".

March 5, 2019


Lol, I think this is exactly right.

March 24, 2019


Not if you're speaking to a person, but the program recognizes potatoes and beans. You have to be somewhat literal when talking to a computer.

February 5, 2019


Shouldn't "We are trying" be translated as "Estamos probando" instead of "Probamos (We try)"

May 7, 2019

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No. Spanish uses the continuous aspect differently than we do in English. Don't expect different languages to correspond so closely to each other. It's more than just swapping out words.

May 7, 2019


Can I ask why the correct answer is “we are trying”? Isn’t the ing form in Spanish used like this: yo estudiando español?

August 21, 2019

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Yo estoy estudiando, but Spanish uses the continuous aspect differently than English does. 95% of the time, the English simple present and present continuous are best translated into Spanish as just the simple present.

August 21, 2019


The male voice pronounces 'las' as 'lus'. That's vague enough to not know if he is saying 'los' or 'las'.

October 11, 2019, 12:44 PM

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You can flag it and report a problem with the audio. Although in time, you should be familiar enough with the grammatical gender of the nouns that you will know that "patatas" is feminine and takes "las".

October 11, 2019, 2:20 PM
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