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"The girl wants a banana."

Translation:La niña quiere una banana.

June 13, 2018



Why does duolingo use the term "banana" instead of "plátano"?

June 13, 2018


i'm pretty sure plátano is a different fruit. It looks like a banana but bigger and sweeter. I might be wrong though.

September 23, 2018


I know in English, we make the distinction between plantain and banana but I'm not sure if this is the case in Spanish. Maybe someone might be able to clarify - is there a specific word for plantain in Spanish?

October 28, 2018


I know of plantano verde, which is green plantain and plantano Maduro, which is a ripened green plantain. I believe what we call banana would be a banano.

October 29, 2018


Banano is a fanny pack.

Banana and plátano are synonyms in most dialects, but some might differ.

A plantain is not something common at all, so there is no stablished word for it. Terms like "plátano macho" or similar wouldn't be recognized by most people.

April 26, 2019


Like someone else says every spanish place is different, but in most there is a distinction between platain(platano)[i am a bad speller bear with me] and banana. Platain. Platain is like a banana but instead of yellow is green and the and instead of pealing it with your hand you need a knive to do so. They can be fried or made sweet as it is also called sweet plantain.

September 11, 2019


There are several words for "banana" in the Spanish-speaking world. Check spanishdict.com.
Duo has been accepting "plátano". You can use the Report button.

June 14, 2018


I haven't ever heard the word 'banana' in Spain, they always say 'plátano' instead. 'Banana' must be what they use for this fruit in the Americas.

October 20, 2018


Why does Duolingo insist on using "niño/a" for boy and girl? "Niño/a" generally refers to a small child. What about "muchacho/a "or "chico/a?"

September 7, 2018


I have the same question.

October 29, 2018


This is a beginers app. To learn.

September 11, 2019


I think its similar to how the english language has words like bloke/fella/guy/dude etc. They're all pretty interchangable but when used it context they point towards people of different ages/social groups. Chico/a is usually used as guy/guys and is very informal. Hola chico - hey man Hola chica - hey girl Neither of those phrases would be said to anyone significantly younger/older than yourself or to anyone outside your social circle. Im not a native but this is what ive been told by natives of Spain and people fluent in the language.

August 31, 2019


So there's a feminine version of banana? (Banano?)

August 18, 2018


I was confused by this too. All other times it's been banana not banano. Really?

September 3, 2018


Yes, it's the same, but many people say it different.

El banano | El plátano = The banana (male, singular)

Un banano | Un plátano = A banana (male, singular)

Los bananos | Los plátanos = The bananas (male, plural)

Unos bananos | Unos plátanos = Some bananas (male, plural)

La banana = The banana (female, singular)

Una banana = A banana (female, singular)

Las bananas = The bananas (female, plural)

Unas bananas = Some bananas (female, plural)

March 7, 2019


Shouldn't "quieres" be accepted? "Niña" is refering to a small child, so wouldn't you use the "tú" form over "usted"?

October 30, 2018


"Quieres" is the 2nd person singular form of querer, which would translate as "you want."

In this sentence, the subject is "la niña" which would require the 3rd person singular conjugation (él/ella/usted) "quiere".

Ex: -Tú quieres una manzana. (You want an apple).


-Ella quiere una manzana. (She wants an apple).

I hope this makes sense.

November 14, 2018


Is quiera a word in Spanish. I try and use it with any type of female or word ending in A and I'm wrong

July 13, 2018


Verbs don't change endings for gender in Spanish.

Él quiere Ella quiere

"Quiera" is a form of querer, a subjunctive or polite command meaning something like "As you please!"

July 23, 2018


i am confuse between la and El

August 9, 2018


both words are the Spanish variants of 'the'. The difference is wether or not the noun that follows it is either feminine or masculine. "La" is used for feminine nouns (calle, Mujer, meza, etc.).

"El" is tricky, though; there's the accented "E" (I don't have it on my keyboard) and the non-accented "E". accented "El" stands for "him", while non-accented "El" is the masculine "the". "El" (the) is placed before masculine nouns: 'Hombre', 'Cafe', boligrafo', etc.

Knowing which 'the' to use can sometimes be easy, or difficult, depending on the noun. For the most part, any word ending in 'o' is masculine, therefore hinting the use of "El". Words that end in 'a' are feminine. Keep in mind that there ARE exceptions, and also that many nouns don't end in just 'o' or 'a'.

Trust me, it's not as confusing as I explained it here. It's pretty simple as long as you remember the accented part.

August 26, 2018


BTW, you can change the keyboard layout on your computer by going to your language preferences.

November 17, 2018


Press onto the letter that you are typing and hold it. The accented letters should pop up.

January 29, 2019


My treasure chest points will not work. They just stall after opening a box.

December 15, 2018


Once you try,. YOU can try again

February 23, 2019


"...un plátano" work too?

November 6, 2018


Based on what I read from the other comments, I'd say yes.

November 17, 2018


This is so HARD

February 23, 2019


I mean I said platano. Why is that not considered correct?

April 16, 2019


is platano more formal? My teacher taught me that a banana was platano and not "banana"

May 5, 2019


What about manzana for banana?

May 6, 2019


Una manzana is an apple, not a banana.

August 19, 2019


La nina not el nina...

June 15, 2019


Platano is another word for banana in one of your other exercises

July 5, 2019


Why quiere and not quieres

September 28, 2019


quiere vs quieres?

October 20, 2019, 2:24 PM
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