Am I the only who thinks that the speaker does not sound as if she is asking a question? I find this happens often with this speaker. The questioning inflection is not strong.
The robot lady sometimes has issues with her pitch in questions. Sometimes it works.
I think my translation should be accepted. "Are your Spanish girlfriends nice?"
I think that would be a very poor translation - you do know the meaning of the word girlfriend? Even "girl friend" is a bit ambiguous. In general, i think we have to accept that some Spanish words carry more meaning than we can translate into English (and vice versa).
From the audio only, how can one know whether the Spanish phrase is a question? To me it sounds the same as an affirmation.
Yes, I'm having the same problem when it says "type what you hear." If it doesn't sound like a question, you're not going to know it's a question.
Well then just dont do them... simple problem solved, all yall do in the comments is COMPLAAAAIN. Be glad you dont have to pay for lessons
Did they really have to put rice as a choice? I'm on a shaky bus and that ruined my streak
Question: when to translate "simpático" as kind or nice? Any rules anyone can suggest? I went with 'kind' but DL wasn't! and marked it wrong.
"Nice" is usually the translation to go. Simpático mainly means that a person is likable to you. "Kind" would be talking about what the person does.
I believe that "simpático" can mean "kind" in some contexts, but that the primary meaning of "sympático" is nice." Think of "nice," "kind," and "sympathetic" as English words that are related but not identical in meaning, and of "simpático" as being a false friend (not really a cognate) of "sympathetic."
a bit of a stupid question really. the answer is hardly likely to be: "No, actually, my spanish friends are complete dross"
You need a verb in your sentence. Otherwise it sounds as a fragment "Your nice Spanish friends?"
Thanks for the reply. But then the sentence will be -- Are your Spanish friends are nice? Help.
In Spanish questions you don't have to put the verb at the beginning, you can just make a question with a question intonation. For example, you can say "son tus amigas españolas simpáticas?" or you can say "Tus amigas españolas son simpáticas?" or you can even say "Son simpáticas tus amigas españolas?" As you can see there are many variations but each of them should have a verb.
For Duolingo, "girlfriend" (novia) and "female friends" (amigas) are different.
how do you tell whether something is a question or a statement? just by inflection? the duo lady sounded like she made a statement and only the ? gave it away. are questions phrased the same as statements?
Spanish questions are usually pronounced with a rising intonation towards the end, like in English. The lady is a robot and has some issues with questions.
Why not pleasant. Or sweet. Or one of the 20 other words in my dictionary?
"Pleasant" would be a good translation, "sweet" not so much. Simpático is a pretty neutral term. "They seem nice."