"I need a T-shirt."
Translation:Yo necesito una camiseta.
Diminutive = small. In grammar, diminutives are modified words and mean something small or cute.
Book > booklet
Fred > Freddie
Please copy your exact whole answer into the discussion so we can have a look at it.
Just saying "my answer is correct" is unfortunately not helpful at all.
In all attested cases like this, there is user error involved. We folks in the discussion can help but only if you show your answer.
They both mean "a". I still get confused sometimes, but I usually say the sentence to myself a few times & from there I'll determine if I need to add un/una or take it out completely. In the end, trust your instinct you'll learn quicker & use the dotted underlines under the words to help you!
Spanish does not use double letters the way English does. There's no ss in Spanish! There are double consonants like rr and ll, but they have very specific uses and have special sounds.
Spanish is a phonetic language (more or less). The words sound like they are spelled (usually). So there's no ph either in Spanish. They would use f instead because it sounds like f. They also don't use th or sh.
I have a theory about this..so if you make a mistake where the incorrect word is not an actual english word eg. If uou type "gri" instead of "grid" Duolingo identifies it as a typo. But if the incorrect word is an actual english word, then it counts it as a mistake eg. If you type "on" instead of "un". Hope this helps!
When you are learning a new language, you will spell words wrong a lot, and make tons of other mistakes. I do it lots every day. It is normal. Don't sweat it, keep going and don't let mistakes hold you back.
Duolingo gives you second and third chances to get it right. This really helps learning. You will see, the words and sentences are much easier the second time.
And after you finish a batch of translations, Duo forgets all the mistakes you made.
The difference between a typo (marked right) and a mistake (marked wrong) is just a formal distinction. They are both wrong! But it doesn't matter. Fix it and carry on.
Hi, GVo96xX5. Yes, that is exactly Duo's answer. If that is what you entered and was marked wrong, then that is a BUG in the program. Please capture a screenshot and report it as a bug.
We are all users here like you and can't do anything about bugs.
To my knowledge, nobody has ever shown that a correct answer was marked wrong. We have never seen it. So it is likely that there is some other problem, and the chances are there was a typo in the answer you actually entered.
For un and una, it depends on the "gender" of the word in Spanish. Un is for masculine words, una is for feminine. Usually you can guess if a word is feminine or masculine by how it's spelled. For example, words ending with an 'a' (like camiseta) are usually feminine, and words ending in an 'o' are usually masculine. For example, el niño, la niña, el esposo, la esposa. There are some other rules too, and of course some exceptions. You can read more about this here: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/masculine-and-feminine-nouns
For "a" vs "an" in English, it depends on whether the word begins with a vowel sound or not. If it begins with a vowel sound, you use "an"; otherwise you use "a". For example, "an orange", "an apple" vs. "a T-shirt", "a shirt", "a boy". Here's a more detailed guide on that: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/a-versus-an
1) Don't expect to be perfect!
Can you remember when learned to ride a bicycle? Did you ride perfectly from the first time you sat on the seat? When learning a new language, expect that you will make mistakes, and don't be embarrassed by them! 2) Work on developing an "ear" for Spanish.
Remember that language is first and foremost oral communication. A written alphabet is merely a collection of symbols used to represent the sounds of the language, and cannot be expected to capture every nuance of sound and intonation. Try to develop a "good ear" for Spanish. An easy and fun way to do this is by listening to Spanish music, watching Spanish movies, or watching Spanish cable TV. 3) Practice SPEAKING!
The only way to learn to speak a language, is by actually SPEAKING. You can study for years, and master all of the grammar rules, but unless you actually practice speaking, you will never speak well. When you are practicing speaking, remember to do it out loud, at normal conversational volume. 4) Be consistent.
To really learn a language takes time and committment. Consistency is by far the most important factor. If you can devote a solid twenty minutes a day, nearly every day, you will be far more successful than if you "cram" for an hour or two, but only sporadically. 5) Talk to yourself.
When learning a foreign language, it is common for listening skills to develop more rapidly than speaking skills, leaving the learner in the unfortunate situation of being able to understand, but unable to respond. A good way to surmount this problem is to talk to yourself as much as possible. Because there is no one else around, you won't be weighed down by the inhibition that so frequently burdens the beginning language student. 6) Use flashcards
One of the best tips we can give you is to make and use flashcards. Make cards that are small enough to easily carry with you, and write the English on one side and Spanish on the other. Be sure to ALWAYS have some cards with you. This way, you can capture "wasted" time (standing in line, riding the bus, waiting for class to start, etc.) and turn it into productive study time. Even if you only have a couple of minutes, you can use it to study a few flashcards. 7) Label your surroundings.
Make labels for things all over your house. For example: la pared (wall), la puerta (door), el escritorio (desk) etc. Remove the labels only after you have mastered the vocabulary. 8) Be patient.
Progress in language learning does not follow a straight-line graph. You cannot expect to make the same amount of progress, day after day, week after week. You may find yourself struggling at times, seeming to make no progress. Don't let this discourage you. It is normal to reach plateaus in your learning progress. If you find yourself "stuck" try spending time going back and reviewing things that you already know well. Often this will help prepare you to break through to the next level. 9) Find a partner.
Try to find a native speaker who can be your conversation partner. This can be your greatest asset and perhaps you can also provide assistance to your partner in your native language. 10) Read out loud.
Try reading out loud. You will get all of the benefits of reading, plus you'll get really good pronunciation practice. In fact, as a beginner, you should read aloud as much as possible.