Up until now I was only aware of "alsjeblieft" as being "please", how was I supposed to know that "graag" is also "please" or that it could be accepted here if DL had not taught me the word previously? I know this course is in alpha, but will this change at a later stage so that we know the actual word(s) and what it/they mean before we're presented with a choice answer like this one for example, so that we know there is more than one right answer before we get it wrong and have to find out that way. Sorry for the rant and thank you Team Dutch for all the effort put into creating this course, much appreciated!! Dank je wel!
I have the same issues with the listening exercises. I keep getting words that I have not seen yet, and sometimes certain words in a lesson are left out entirely or are seen very infrequently. That seems to occur in other languages too though so it might be an issue with the way Duolingo organizes the lessons.
I am not sure how to explain this properly, but they are quite similar.
However, Alsjeblieft/ alstublieft can also be said when giving something to someone, like 'there you go', whereas 'graag' isn't used in that way.
'Alsjeblieft' is also said in response to a 'dankjewel' (thank you), to mean 'you're welcome'. If you wanted to use graag for that, you would say 'graag gedaan', literally meaning something like 'done with pleasure', so also meaning 'you're welcome'.
Furthermore, 'graag' is kind of like an adverb, used to strengthen expressions (though not by much) . So you might say 'Ik wil graag een koffie', meaning something a little softer than 'I really want a coffee'. You can also say 'ik drink graag koffie', meaning 'I like to drink coffee'/ 'I drink coffee with pleasure'.
So when someone asks you, 'wil je een kopje koffie?' (would you like a cup of coffee), and you answer 'ja, graag' , you're basically just answering a shortened version of 'ja, ik wil graag een kopje koffie' ( yes, I would really like a cup of coffee). However, if you answer 'ja, alstublieft', you're literally answering 'yes, please.' Nevertheless,in the end 'ja, graag', and 'ja, alstublieft' serve the same purpose and are both a polite way of answering 'yes.'
I hope I explained that accurately, I am a native speaker so this is just the way I feel about it.
Alstublieft/Alsjeblieft literally means "if it pleases you", which are originated from their respective archaic constructions as mentioned in previous reponses.
That's why you might hear "alsjeblieft" at the cashier when the salesperson gives you the change, and usually we respond with "dankjewel". I hope the illustration of the usage helps ;)
why isnt A.U.B. excepted it was yesterday for please. my answer was Ja, A.U.B. graag is also good but as for the spelling anything over 5 letters i can not memorize. is there an easier way to spell dutch words? and why are there not spaces between words? als je blieft =as you please is dat klopt?
A.U.B. is an abbreviation which in general are not accepted. It may be that the other sentence was linked to the English course for Dutch speakers for which it is accepted since Dutch speakers generally know when the use of a.u.b. would be acceptable.
Alsjeblieft and Alstublieft are one word.
Duolingo works with translating sentences, new words are also introduced in those sentences. So don't worry if you get words wrong the first time, all your answers (right and wrong) give information to the algorithm about your Dutch knowledge and words you do and don't know. Words you don't know will be shown again, this way you will learn those words.
Feel free to ask if you have any other questions.
What my time in Belgium has taught me is that 'graag' is never used in this context. I don't know about the Netherlands. Also, I am more used to hearing Limburgish which it's from the Province Limburg located northeast of Belgium, and also Southeast of Netherlands, so there may be a variable.