https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

The beauty of Duolingo's sentences.

For some reason, Duolingo gives me some weird things to translate, and this seems especially strong with Russian. Example: The mice eat the bears and the children. What is your cat making on the table? Where do the cats eat the bears and the mice? Can someone tell me why this happens?

7 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/geerte13
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Google for "shitduosays" and be entertained for days ;-) It's a Duo thing. My personal favorite (not from Russian) is "is this the room of the sacred duck?"

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tynecastle
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You have introduced me to a whole new world.

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https://www.duolingo.com/geerte13
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Haha enjoy! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Helena295273

Thanks, now I'm scaring my neighbors with my laughs!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

thank you

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https://www.duolingo.com/bryanlouiselle
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I may be anthropomorphizing Duo, but I like to think this is intentional. Pimsleur has similar sentences - in Italian, for example: <>

You can memorize as many words as you want, but when your boots are on the ground you are ALWAYS going to be surprised, you never know what you are going to hear. More typical language instruction trains you to listen for things like "How are you?", "The weather is nice", and "Do you need a pen?" With these bizarre constructions, you are taught to be always on your toes, to be ready for, say, a rare animal to do something really strange. That sets you up for success in more typical cases when a local throws you a curveball.

Again, I don't know if it's true, but I found this perspective useful getting around Italy a couple years ago. I never had occasion to talk about my singing, skiing, diplomatic grandma, but my ears were faster than they might otherwise have been...

Best to all.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bryanlouiselle
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Duo dropped my example Pimsleur sentence. I guess I shouldn't use weird quotes. It was - My grandmother was a championship skier and former opera singer. She is meeting the German ambassador at the border.

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https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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My all-time favorite has to be "Почему ты раздеваешься?" (Why are you undressing?)

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https://www.duolingo.com/AndroidKanada

Or «Встаньте, пожалуйста, с моей кошки.» It calls up a Gary Larson-esque image.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

poor cat

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https://www.duolingo.com/1Pozin2
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Of course, he or she had undressed and then sat on the innocent cat.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

omg it does

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kundoo
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Can someone tell me why this happens?

Because the contributors are given a limited number of words they can use for a given lesson, so they have to get creative sometimes. Also, they have the sence of humor :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BisanAl
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My favorite one so far "Я не знаю эту змею." Translation:I do not know this snake.

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https://www.duolingo.com/1Pozin2
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Maybe in this way a wife says about her husband's lower, which she does not know yet.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Finnscottb

I never get very weird ones with Russian; "Our actors don't eat apples!" and "Our cats eat eggs!" are as bad as they get. But with German it's a whole different story! In german I get "the bear is wearing her dresses!" and "the women like tools" and other weird ones!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

Another thing that bugs me is this: because I don't have a Russian keyboard layout, when I type transliterations of Cyrillic words for the "type what you hear" things, it says that it's wrong.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

http://russian.typeit.org/ you were talking about transliterations? try this

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Add a Russian keyboard to your computer. There are phonetic ones if you like.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cactuswrenjp

My favourite has to be:

Моя лошадь не художник, а архитектор.

My horse is not an artist but an architect.

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https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

yeah, get it right!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RayC628481
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Don't let it distract you from noticing cases, order of words, and such...

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https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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I think it actually makes you notice cases more. You can't just assume it's the poor mice getting eaten all the time. You actually have to look at the cases and understand them. I suspect this plays at least some role in the choice to throw in some curveballs.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Helena295273

I like it for three reasons. First, it's more fun. Second, weird sentences thrown here and there "wake" me up when I start losing concentration. Third, and the most important, it forces me to think which words and rules to use. The common phrases like "how are you" I remember by heart, so I just answer those question mechanically.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

I discovered a new one; Do we have butter for the bear?

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https://www.duolingo.com/1Pozin2
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Why not. Maybe, the dog asks the cat because they invited the bear to their home.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian
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The sentences are so weird that I started making some videos to show the strange context where they are used. Nowadays I hunt for the weird sentences because of this, before I was just annoyed :D

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charletta_

Not Russian but French, I still find it humorous: "Tu comprends cette femme car elle a un jeune chat?" "You understand this woman because she has a young cat?' I just imagine this line being on friends or something.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le_tra-jeudi

Thanks for specifying it's russian, because they might want you to practice cases with the first and third sentence. If your question is why do they pick those specific words like mice and bears and children, I have no idea.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BisanAl
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it makes learning more fun

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https://www.duolingo.com/1Pozin2
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Let Duo do it! It is a great fun.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheophileFo

I think it is to make sure that you recognise and understand every single word, and you do not guess at the probable meaning of the whole sentence.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TooManyLingots

This wasn't from the russian course, but one of my personal favorites was "I will have a party for twenty-four hours." and another "No, I do not have a family." which was probably referring to spouse and children but felt very unnatural (unless you're batman).

Duolingo likes to mess around is what I'm saying I guess.

Edit: Out of context these just seem unfunny but I swear they were hilarious in the japanese course.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatyBeeM

I think they're just silly sentences to make learning more entertaining, probably all in good fun

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

Vietnamese strikes! The fish bites the bicycle, apparently. And now I also record her.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

Vâng, bạn là bánh táo. Yes, you are an apple pie. The people who created the Vietnamese course have an interesting sense of humour.

4 months ago
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