"Eu dirijo por aí."

Translation:I drive around.

March 28, 2013

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Does anyone else have trouble guessing that "around" was in the given sentence?


When I first saw the Portuguese sentence and translated it into English in mind, the first word that came up was "around". I don't know a word-for-word translation for "por aí", maybe "by there"? However, the meaning of "por aí" is "with no destination, randomly":

— "Where have you been?"

— "Por aí..." ("I've been going around...").

So, the whole expression is translated this way.

  • "Eu dirijo por aí" = "I drive with no destination"

  • "Eu caminho por aí" = "I walk around"


thanks for all you advises, they are really helpful. you do awesome job :)


Obrigado. Your answers sometimes just keep me going while thinking of quitting this program...;-)


No problem. :-) just dont give up when it all comes down! ;)


In your opinion, do you find that this usage of "aí" is wise at this point in the course? I don't think there has been sufficient repetition of the common uses of aí, ali and lá to suddenly throw out a more nuanced usage. Thanks for the insight here in any case.


I really think that's a tough time for all!! I've come across some hard moments in other languages through here too =/ In this case, what I do is to write down these slangs (or different uses of the word) just in case I need it later or just to learn a new word in a context... But surely, before that, I lose my heart :(


One of the things I've liked about Duolingo so far is that often there are multiple examples of a particular point of grammar or vocabulary. The repetition really helps, the same way it does in a class where the instructor asks for variations around a common grammatical topic. "I am..." a son, father, brother, student, human, etc.. On the other hand, I do think that language programs need to make sure the foundations are solid before building extensions that the foundations can't support. In the end though, yes, a dedicated student should make use of any material that isn't blatantly incorrect. Occasional frustration makes for a more determined learner! ^_^


But I think they do this kind of as a challenge. Usually these kinds of algorithms will make the exercises ever so harder when they see that you're statistically doing above average. As soon as they detect you consistently failing on that part they should turn the difficulty down ever so slowly. Besides, as you said, a little frustration makes a more determined learner. And to that I'd add that sometimes the learner becomes lazy guessing the answer because it looks a little like the answer I gave before and when that happens we defeat the purpose because instead of thinking about what the answer should be and why we're doing it mechanistically.


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For what it's worth, I guessed because we use it the same way in Spanish, "por ahí".


I think It's: " I drive around there". In Spani we would say ir almost the same way: " Yo manejo por ahí"


'I drive there' was marked correct for me.


In English there is a big difference in saying, "I drive there" and "I drive by there". If "I drive there" is Eu dirijo por aí then how does one say "I drive by there" in Portuguese?


From what I have learned, "I drive there" should not be a correct translation in this case. "Eu dirijo para aí" means "I drive there", "Eu dirijo por aí" means "I drive by there"


I think, "I drive by there." should also be accepted if, "I drive there." is an accepted answer.

I read what people wrote, and feel that it can't be both.


one word : boring ! That's the 3rd time in a row that i fail this one particular lesson... because of translations so meaningless or not accurate (and of course I see that the responsibility is mine because I am the one making the mistakes.... but i really think duo does not help here and in this case I am not encouraged to go on.... to me, frustration does not make me a more determined learner but a more frustrated almost quiter... i do not find joy in learning that way, and learning without joy, what's the point ?

That was my "I'm fed up and I need support" moment :)


How would you say "I drive by there"? That is what I put, but wrong.


"I drive there" is accepted but it has a completely different meaning from "I drive around" or "I drive by there" , so I don't think it should be accepted as it will confuse many.

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