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'El coche' and 'el automóvil' not accepted

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In a picture exercise in Travel 2, only 'carro' was accepted as the translation for 'car'. Surely all of these words are correct!

There is also no option to discuss the answer and the only reportable problem is that the picture doesn't match the word.

1 month ago

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/adder3
adder3
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I made the exact same post three months ago, I also reported it as a bug see. https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204728264-How-do-I-report-a-bug- The problem was they came back to me asking for a screen shot. After which i had past the stage where the picture came up so was unable to do so. Try reporting it this way with a screen shot.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob812239

Just do what I do. When you type 'el coche' and it tells you you used the wrong word, simply jump to your feet throwing your chair backwards in the process, place both hands flat on the table and bring your face down right beside your device before unleashing an unbroken string of profanity at the top of your voice in the language of your choice until you run out of breath and the screen is covered with angry spittle. Trust me. When you sit back down, you'll feel much better. It's the little things...

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Please report it in other sentences. I do that with "auto".

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo
gatiquo
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Keep reporting this atrocity - you are right.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonombre88

It depends on the local you are in. I believe Carro is used in Mexico as well as coche but automovil is used in some south American countries.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adder3
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This does not justify Duolingo not accepting the correct answers.

Usually when you report "this answer should be accepted", they look at it and if it is justified they get round to accepting it in the future.

The problem with this question in particular is that the only report button is "the picture does not match the word". Because of this they are not getting "my answer should be accepted" reports for this question. So they are not alerted that there is a problem and the question continues to be a nuisance. How can people learn properly when correct answers are rejected as wrong? It is not good for the learner and it is not good for Duolingo's reputation.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/somelauw
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Sure your answer should be accepted.

Duolingo doesn't specify which dialect the answer should be given in. They use the flag of Spain, but they don't teach vosotros. Most of their default answers seem to be in American Spanish, but most of the time they do accept Spain Spanish answers.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Default answers are taken from Mexican Spanish, with some exceptions.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/somelauw
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What is your information based on? As far as I know that isn't official policy.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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My knowledge of Mexican Spanish and other dialects. There are around 8 main (groups of) dialects: Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, Andean, Rioplatense, Chilean, Central and Northern dialects from Spain and Andalusian.

In Duolingo Spanish there is no th sound from Spain (discarded Central and Northern Spain), no voseo (discarded Rioplatense and Central American), no aspiration of final s's (discarded Caribbean, Andalusian and Chilean). It only remain Mexican and Andean, including not typically Andean varieties of Coastal Peru and Colombian Highlands.

It is not Andean because of yeismo (discarded many Andean subvarieties), no ng (discarded Coastal Peru) and no aspirated j (discarded Colombian Highlands).

Then, the closer pronunciation is Mexican Spanish. Actual Mexican has weak vowels though.

Vocabulary is not specifically Mexican but too close to it.

Grammar is like Mexican, Caribbean and part of Andean (tuteo, ustedes, no leismo).

Besides this Mexican scent, it is still common Spanish understadable everywhere.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bdougall
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If you know that the other words are right what is the big deal. Just use the answer they want you to use. This comes up for me frequently on the French tree. Just go with the flow. Not all the words in the dictionary are use in the same way in all countries. The British say garden , the Canadians and Americans say yard.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thylacaleo
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Bdougall: It's no 'big deal' as you say, but I am using Duolingo to learn the Spanish language. Yes, the language is used in differing ways in different countries, but any Spanish word that describes a thing should be a part of the learning experience, no matter where that word is most used. To mark an answer as incorrect simply because of the whim of the setter of the test question is not in the language learner's best interest.

1 month ago