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

Notes for each lesson?

It has come to my attention that a translation exercise in the Chinese Market course has stirred up a discussion on the habit of word order in a sentence:

"I want to buy vegetables and fruits"

我想买蔬菜和水果

In English, we commonly say "fruits and vegetables." However, in Chinese, it is more natural to say "vegetables and fruits."

People have been discussing the best way to translate it. Meanwhile, I have a suggestion: I think Duolingo should include lesson notes in some of the exercises to explain such things in more details. For example, after the previously mentioned exercise is concluded, a note could appear that says:

"While it is more common to say "fruits and vegetables in English, In Chinese it is more common to say 蔬菜和水果 (vegetables and fruits.) We suggest you say 蔬菜和水果 in Chinese for a more natural sounding sentence."

I'm not sure how difficult it is to implement since I am not a web developer, but if it can be done, I believe it can help a lot of people. Thank you.

June 16, 2019

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crystalliu647

Wait really? I'm Chinese (living Shanghai) and both sound pretty normal to me XD

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thea210

I like this idea.

June 16, 2019

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

This exists already. Click on a lesson and then the 'lightbulb' icon. It shows you trivia and summarized grammar of that particular lesson.

June 16, 2019

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

You misunderstood. I meant notes for the individual exercises, not the entire lesson. I worded it poorly.

June 16, 2019

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

Fair enough

June 17, 2019
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