https://www.duolingo.com/Jan664897

There's a problem in the Italian lesson and it is preventing me from moving through the lesson.

lo sono la donna. I am the woman. I type it, it rejects me, and even though it verified my translation, it won't give me any other sentence to translate. Frustrating. When will you fix it? I've probably reported it twenty times.

5 days ago

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ash.Purple

Can you screenshot it next time it happens?

By the way, you typed Lo sono, when it's supposed to be io sono.. I don't know if you only did it here by mistake or if that's the problem.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CivisRomanus

Good point!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan664897

I tried but I am clueless as to how I can paste the pic on this board. :/

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan664897

Ash Purple, you may have just solved the mystery!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L50Language

Umm... Well, it is kind of io, rather than LO (not capping for rude, just it looks the exact same otherwise)

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Serendipity1000

What you typed above was definitely “LO” in small letters, not io. I think this might just be the problem.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/varbanas

I cannot accept the translation of this Italian question into English. Duo: Quante settimane ha il tuo bambino? Duo: How many weeks old is your baby? pLease, explain the construction!!!

ME: How many weeks is your baby old?

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Varbanas ciao. We have to remember that not everything can be translated exactly into English. In Italian, we say how many weeks or years we have, eg. How many weeks does your baby have? The baby has six weeks. Quanti anni hai = how old are you/how many years do you have? Ho trent'anni = I have thirty years/I am 30 years old. I hope this helps.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/varbanas

Sorry. I still have doubts about the question form of your translation: "How many weeks old is your baby?" (the word order???)
I hope you understand my question.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Further to our replies, it is the same with "You are right". In Italian one says "You have right" - hai ragione. It's just how it is in Italian.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

Hi varbanas, as Linda says, that is how the Italians say such questions, that is the correct word order. It isn't the same word order we use in English and they also don't specifically use the word "old" either. It is simply "how many weeks has your baby". When spoken in context, in Italy, it makes perfect sense, but we don't use the same words in English. In fact, I could easily imagine an Italian in England, who hasn't brushed up her English would say exactly that "Hello, what sweet baby, how many weeks has your baby". Not too sure I've helped here, but there are only a few ways of saying - that is how you speak when you speak Italian.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Trev grazie. The word "old" doesn't feature at all, thank goodness, as we have both explained. To learn Italian one has to think Italian. Divertiti il giorno! (Incidentally Trev, we have one space free in our excellent club, but I expect you'll still say no) :-(.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

Linda, that is very a considerate offer and I am flattered you should think of me. I don't think my Italian is quite up to it just yet, although fully crowned up to 22, I still have to look up words I "should" remember from earlier lessons. Having only started in May of last year I thought I would see how things go throughout 2019 and I target joining the local Italian club towards the end of the year. However, I'm not saying no to the DL club, I just don't know how much I would use it and how effective I could be at this stage in my learning. I'm not a DL plus member so I'm not paying fees, don't know if that makes any difference. a presto.

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/varbanas

Thank you, Linda , I'll stick to your last remark : "That is how you speak when you speak Italian.""and with time I will understand ....

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Verbanas. Prego. I learnt very early on not to translate every single word, and to try and think like an Italian. It makes life and learning so much more rewarding. Tanti auguri...

2 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CivisRomanus

I tried Googling "How many weeks old is he?", and I found some 3,600 results.
Then I tried Googling "How many weeks is he old?", but no results were found.
This suggests that "weeks old" is an adjectival phrase, which cannot be split.

3 days ago
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