DL teaches us words. but not the alphabet.
Go here to learn the alphabet and hear each letter. This is a big help when listening to the DL bot. I encourage all students to do this and pass it on.
The sound of b and v are quite similar or the same depending on the accent. Vivir often sounds like bebir. Here is a link discussing the consonant sounds that very most from English https://www.rocketlanguages.com/spanish/learn/spanish-consonants/
Um, i'd just like to know something. Is the object the color blue, or just plain sad?
@Eugene Yeah, we shouldn't care actually. Last time I lost my streak, I stopped practicing for maybe over a month! If it happens again, I hope I just brush it aside and start again like nothing happened.
But, the great positive in maintaining a streak, especially for the ones like me who don't have a native to chat up with, is that it helps retain the grammar and the vocabulary.
It's amazing how quickly one can forget a language if one doesn't use it. You lose your ability to speak or write far more easily than the ability to read. It's like you know, but you don't know! :)
It's like it is in English. To say dark blue and light blue, you would say: "Azul oscuro" (dark) and "Azul claro" (light.)
However, if you want to be more accurate about the color, you'd you use another name. Such as, Indigo (añil.)
Now, when it comes to colors in general, I would have to say their names are relatively new. For example, in John Donne's or Shakespeare's day, "purple" was not the purple you think of today. Purple was a color that was obtained and it had connotations ranging from red (almost scarlet) to the royal purple we know today. Colors weren't as specific but a range, instead. So, if it is said, "Purple thy nail in the blood of innocence," purple is the red/scarlet color of blood, it is referring to the "royalty" that purple signified in the Roman era and finally, if you got it, "innocent" can also be traced to the "massacre of the innocents." So, using "purple" in this context is pretty profound :)
But, now, we have paint shops and chemicals and those immolation paints which are labelled (bare with me): "chocolate brown," "cotton candy pink" and so on. Now, while these "labels" have a distinctive color, if you look at their reference, "chocolate brown" it gets confusing. Chocolate can be dark, light, medium, mixed - but generally, it refers to this sort dark, rich brown.
So, similarly, "blue" generally refers to "ink blue," the kind used in gel pens. However, it may depend upon what you call blue. If you say, "blue dress," you could be referring to any shade of blue - provided it is in the specific range of EM waves that make something blue. Even if you say "Light blue," it could be anything from aquamarine to sky blue. So, if you want to be VERY specific and say, "No. I want a blue that looks royal and doesn't go everything," you might just have to say, "I want Indigo," or "Quiero añil."
Hope I could help :)
J, soft G, and X sounds in the middle of the word have a guttural sound we don't have in English. It is similar to the ch sound from the German word Nacht or the Yiddish/Hebrew pronunciation of Hanukkah (Chanukah) The X sound is harsher I think but I don't quite have that difference down.