Halloween "Bonus Skill" (now w/ Spanish/Dutch/French/Italian/German/Norwegian/Portuguese/Maltese)
There was a recently discussion about the need for a Halloween bonus skill! Since that hasn’t appeared just yet and since we don’t know whether it might be in the works, here’s a list of 20 words or terms often used at Halloween and their Spanish translation. See below for links to similar lists prepared by other Duolingo users in Dutch, French, Italian, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Maltese.
I’m familiar with some of these words, but had to look up others; some words have multiple translations, including some regional words, so if you see a mistake, please let me know and I’ll be glad to edit and correct. Here's the Spanish list:
Apparition -- la aparición
Bag -- la bolsa
Black cat -- el gato ❤❤❤❤❤
Broom -- la escoba
Broomstick -- el palo de escoba
To carve -- tallar (regular verb)
Costume -- el disfraz (disguise)
Devil -- el diablo
Ghost -- el fantasma (ghost, phantom, phantasm, spectre, bogey, shadow)
Goodies -- las golosinas
Halloween -- Halloween o Víspera de Todos los Santos (literally, Eve of All the Saints, or All Saints’ Eve)
Haunted house -- la casa embrujada
Jack-o’-lantern -- Jack-o’-lantern o Jack-o’-linterna
Mask -- la máscara
Monster -- el monstruo
Mummy -- la momia
Pumpkin -- la calabaza
Skeleton -- el esqueleto
Trick or Treat -- truco o trato
Vampire -- el vampiro
Werewolf -- el hombre lobo (literally, the wolf man)
Witch -- la bruja
And yes, for those who actually took time to count them, I added a few bonus words since this was, after all, billed as a bonus skill!
Thanks to other Duolingo members listed below for preparing the following similar lists for their languages:
davidvdb's Dutch list: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4958925
knittengirl's French list: http://www.memrise.com/course/61965/duolingo-french/65/
dweiums' Italian list: http://www.memrise.com/course/420894/duolingo-italian-halloween-words/
DrWho100's German list: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4988928)
fveldig's Norwegian list: http://www.memrise.com/course/425788/halloween-4/
Anderlc's Portuguese list: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5044534
StrapsOption's Maltese list: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5255161
See lvcps's and louise.orance's comments below for several more Halloween-related Spanish regional and specialty words and phrases. Since these are in Spanish, I invite those studying other languages not yet represented to add a similar list for your preferred language in this post or in one of your own! Let me know and I'll add it to this list.
Edit: Thanks, everyone, for all the nice comments and thank yous! Thanks to those who've donated lingots, too, but that's really not needed.
I'm digging this. A lot. And I completely agree. What's with making the third bonus skill available only once a year? That empty third slot is burning a hole in my eyeballs! Come on Duo, for the sake of making the tree more aesthetically pleasing to the eye - change this! Who's with me?
Obviously many people have already put lots of hard work into translating this list into other languages for each other. Maybe Duo could come up with a type of system in which - just like how the community helps build languages - the community could help creating bonus skills? Duo could make a small list of bonus skills they'd like to develop and the community could put their own translations in and those who didn't translate can vote on which translation they find the most accurate and after that the Duo language admins could revise and check the accuracy of the translations. I imagine a system like that would take a lot less time on Duo's part and make a lot more use of the community. It would even be a learning experience for those translating since through discussing the words, they could see the difference between two different words that mean the same thing, but in different ways. Just like how one of the comments pointed out that the word listed for 'skull' in Spanish was more of a medical term than an informal one. From my point of view, it'd be a win/win for everyone.
You're right, I forgot to say that those are words regional to Mexico. Also, in this country, Halloween gets mixed with "El día de muertos" (which is a celebration to our dead people, and is held during november 1st and 2nd).
For example, I've seen that kids from metropolitan area say "me das mi calaverita" ("would you give me my little skeleton", which already sounds very "día de muertos") and they ask for that not only on Halloween, but on the two following days. Also, some stablishments have decoration of both Halloween and Día de muertos.
By the way, where I live, kids don't ask for goodies anymore (they used to when I was a child). For now, there's only Halloween parties with contests of the best costume.
I added a French version to my Memrise course :) http://www.memrise.com/course/61965/duolingo-french/65/ I used wordreference heavily, so I hope these are right!
I'm a newbie, so my list is short; however I started an Italian list in memrise: http://www.memrise.com/course/420894/duolingo-italian-halloween-words/
I made a course in Norwegian... Because why not?
Some small facts about Norwegian: It has three grammatical genders, although the feminine gender is optional when you're writing, and can be declined as a masculine noun. This is why you can write both "en katt" and "ei katt".
Hi Helene, this is a community effort, so would you be willing to look up the words in Portuguese to share with fellow learners? I'm sure they would appreciate it! You can use the list above (modifying as you wish!), and either post on a site and post a link or send your list to me on my stream and I'll add to the original post and the title with credit and thanks.
Yes! I've been wondering if & when a Halloween bonus skill would be added. I really hope they do. Rather than spending time on image updates and schemes like leaderboards & health points, I've been thinking it would be a lot more helpful to learning just to add more content. There are a lot of themed bonus skills that would be very nice to have, seasonal and otherwise.