Translation:Spring, summer, fall and winter are the seasons.
I don't know if any English speakers other than Americans (possibly Canadians?) say fall for autumn, but as far as I'm aware autumn is universally understood. I am a native English speaker raised in Australia. We have a lot of American words displacing old Australian words but autumn has not even started to change. Whenever I see fall I have to translate from American to English as well as translate between English and Dutch! I would like to see autumn become the default word but obviously still allow fall for our American cousins.
Yes, but if that is what I wanted to say I would normally start with "The seasons are" and list them all afterwards. I should instead ask how would you say "Spring, summer, autumn and winter are seasons." Would you then not put any articles in the Dutch version, or would you put them anyway?
Yours is a good question, because it is germane to the outstanding issue being discussed. As freymuth explains, the second article implies that these are all of the seasons -- and this is the case in both the Dutch and English sentences. Since the article is included in the Dutch, then it should be there in the English to retain the provided specificity. (But, yes, it could be omitted in the Dutch and be grammatically correct.) The first article is optional in Dutch and does not interact with the second. But it would be irregular to include it in the English translation.
A lot of discussions here. (And yes, I too get frustrated by the way Duo constantly steers us to the Americanisms- especially 'toilet', which is actually a very different thing to a bathroom.) But I'm still at a loss to know why the Dutch preface the sentence with a 'de' here.
Many of the comments are saying that this sentence is unnatural, because of "the" seasons. But actually, with or without "the," the sentence rarely has reason to be used in a natural setting, except to answer a question. A teacher asking, "What are THE seasons?" would expect the answer, "Spring, summer, autumn/fall, and winter are THE seasons." If a language-learner or young student asked, "What are seasons?" (because the student didn't know what 'seasons' means), a teacher would answer, "Spring, summer, fall, and winter are seasons," possibly with further explanation of changing weather, etc. So BOTH sentences are correct in different situations, but neither is likely to be used in your average conversation, unless you are a teacher. And yes, you could communicate the same meaning by reversing the end and beginning of the sentence, but you will have noticed in previous lessons that sometimes word order matters (e.g. coordinating vs subordinating conjunctions) when you are learning a new language. When speaking Dutch with real people, feel free to experiment with your word order. But Duo isn't a real person, as friendly as that owl appears.