"Mi esposo me compra una bicicleta."
Translation:My husband is buying me a bike.
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I dread this female voice in almost all exercises - it clips and concatenates words so often that it means I almost always have to play everything back in patronisingly-slow-mode just to discover the gender of things, or all the entirely-missing 1- and 2-letter words. Please Duolingo team, tune up these voice-overs!
Oh, I certainly do. But I've been reporting these voiceovers for the last 6 months now, any it never seems to get any better. It's frustrating, as it's not just an occasional mistake or odd translation, it's a frequently recurring issue throughout the entire Spanish course. In general, I think Duolingo is a fantastic tool - the first language learning system that's actually kept me engaged and learning consistently, and I largely accept the occasional jank as just amusing byproducts of the approach they use. But this one issue comes up so often it niggles me :-)
Yep, I'm aware, and I'm very appreciative of the amazing work they're doing. The few complaints I have are intended to be constructive criticism. I wasn't aware that these discussion forums aren't read by contributors, so I appreciate that it's probably best not to bother bringing it up here.
The problem I find with reporting things is that they give you options to click on, but, don't give you the opportunity to explain why, for example" your answer should be accepted.
They're two different words used in two different contexts.
mi = my
mí = me (after prepositions)
Helen, it's not precisely wrong, but a somewhat uncommon sentence. We're likely talking about buying a single bicycle at a single point in time, and if you have one of those one-shot actions, you generally use the progressive form for this: "My husband is buying me a bicycle."
You'd say "buys" if it happened regularly.
"My husband is buying me a bike" means it's happening more or less now, or he plans to do it in the future.
"My husband buys me a bike" makes it sound like it's a regular occurrence, like he buys me a bike for my birthday every year. It's not wrong, but in this context it's not the best fit.
I have often heard cycle or cycling as what you do on a bicycle but not as a word for a bicycle. The word literally means "a series of events that are regularly repeated " so it definitely applies to riding a bike because you repeat pushing the pedals down, usually 50 or more times per minute.