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a rookie question (spanish)

ok, i understand there will be more complicated dilemmas which i will encounter while learning spanish, but i have a weird one.

during the regular course of lessons i learned the word "la banana"

in tiny-card exercises the word comes up as "el banano"

you kidding? there is a feminine and a masculine fruit of this kind or this is an exception of some rules?

i wonder what`s next...

:o)

May 17, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

The bad news: This common New World fruit actually has several words to represent it in Spanish. The speaker's preference depends on their region, background, etc.

https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/banana

The good news: I doubt it's going to matter much which one you choose in real life. :)

I learned "el plátano" a long time ago and plan on sticking with it. :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

Isn't "el plátano" a plantain, which is a different fruit? (I guess it could be interchangeable, though)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mreaderclt

"El plátano" can be both plantain and banana:

https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/el%20platano

And because I need to get out of the house and don't want to get bogged down in a discussion about plantains vs. bananas, here's more about "cooking bananas:"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_banana

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manuel599019

Ha! I learned "el guineo" when I was a kid and I am not going to change that.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaisyRose2

Stick with banana... it's the same as the English version lol

June 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

Probably it is not the case but it will be useful in other moments: many fruits that end with -a come from trees with -o. A banana comes from a banano or bananero, manzanas from manzanos, naranjas from naranjos, paltas from paltos, etc.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zotya_19

vaya!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlyssaOwO

clown face detected do you watch G0Z by any chance?

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zotya_19

clown face 4ever

May 18, 2019

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