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Farm skill in the Spanish tree

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There is something wrong with the Farm skill in the Spanish tree.

Nearly all questions concern animals doing things only humans do.

I mean I have nothing against that in principle, and I can imagine a comic film where all protagonists look like animals but behave like humans.

Like Speedy Gonzales is a mouse but everyone can identify himself with her, ...kinda.

But this skill is only that, and nothing is learned about farms, or work on farms, or what's the life about on farms etc.

It only gets mixed with some random questions like Did you see the film yesterday which probably should't be in this skill neither.

I have this skill only on crown level 2, so perhaps something will be added later on.

Do you have the same on the skill Farm? Was it left out for revision or is it really intentional?

1 month ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
LeeBrownst1
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It teaches the names of animals, not farming.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaPau
MichaPau
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Yes, your right. I thought there was an animal skill, but that was in the old tree I guess.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi
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I had to imagine watching a cartoon to get through that one.

I thought it was a really poorly designed lesson as it was a waste of a good opportunity to learn the words for what the animals would actually do.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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True. Verbs like "ladrar" or "relinchar", nouns like "siembra", "cosecha", "esquila" u "ordeña", adjectives like "alazán", "overo", "verde" or "maduro" and names of tools.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elvolcanchapin

Here's the thing. I don't think the section should be called "farm", because it's not, but as previously mentioned, it does teach about animal names.

Also, it isn't so nonsensical if you think of it as personification. Speedy González is an excellent example. The hidden message of that cartoon (derogatory though it may be) is best described by making Speedy a mouse. Personification is quite common in literature, and I don't think that it should be thrown out just because the meaning isn't literal. Maybe name the section something else, like "animals" or something.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TaliaMusic
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Saw this post and didn't believe it till I tried it. As a someone who lives on a farm, I found the "farm" skill very disappointing as well.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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It seems like they know Orson's farm only.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdoyle30000

I just thought it was funny. We can all use a little humor!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_M_M_.
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1) It's fun.
2) It teaches you animal names at the same time as it teaches you other grammar constructs. It would be a waste to have to replace all those subjects with words you already know (ella, yo, etc...) and then create even more repetitive sentences for the animals ("the owl is on the house". "the owl is on the tree" "the cow is in the yard' The cow is brown"). It would be less efficient to teach the language that way.

Duolingo should do more sentences like those in this lesson, not less. There should be sharks and wolves doing more things at the end of the tree so that users get to review those words in other places.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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I just did the test-out from level 3 to level 4 in the Farm skill. All but one of the questions, by my count, involved the pretérito. So the verbs needed to be familiar already.

1 month ago