Sorry--on my computer, "Reply" always produces a comment indented beneath the item being responded to. So I thought it would be clear that I was asking about usage of the phrase I was replying to, "Where will you spend vacation?" and to Sivo's comment that it is correct American English. Who says that and where? (Maybe it's like "where did you graduate high school?," which has recently lost the once-necessary preposition "from" with many speakers.)
I wrote, "Where will you go on vacation?" To me, it would elicit the same response, e.g. "In Italy." I do sometimes ask "How will you spend your vacation?" In which case the answer might be, "I'm painting the house." I'll try to pay more attention to give a more literal response.
John...In a real life situation I totally agree with you, but in a language site like this, where accuracy's important, I can see why you were marked wrong. I might be going to Europe for the holidays, spending them in Italy. Or I might be asked "Where are you spending the holidays" Ans: I'm going to Europe. Question, "Great, but where exactly are you spending your vacation?" So I think there is a difference.
Hey, thanks for your reply. I know what you mean but I am not totally convinced. I just had another example on a different lesson: 'prego', I put 'it's a pleasure', apparently wrong, it should be 'you're welcome', again both equally correct from my understanding of 62 years of being English. Anyway, apart from a few minor niggles, I am very happy with Duolingo and I am learning a lot of Italian
Owl ... I appreciate the nature of what Duolingo does, and I'm really grateful for it. BUT, despite a reputation that is justified, we Brits do like to learn/speak another language. Learning can't motivational if simple CORRECT phrases are rejected. NO self-respecting Brit would ever translate "le vacanze" as "vacation". Is there any way you can balance out the algorithms so that British English has fighting chance? Grazie.
German..., we aren't talking about whether people will understand you but rather what is accepted as Standard English. "Where are you going on vacation? " is Standard and common, but "where will you spend (or pass) vacation?" is not Standard, even though it may be said by many. Even you said "pass the vacation" in an earlier posting, and that IS standard. Now back to Italian, OK?