"Tu parli."

Translation:You speak.

July 15, 2013

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i could barely understand her


I hear man's voice "tu perlé" and I wrote "tu perli". Duolingo says -continue?


I heard a man's voice saying "to parley", he must have thought he was Elisabeth Swann when caught by the pirates...


Had the same problem


This one is badly spoken. Sounds like: tu badly


That what i heard too!!


The man's pronunciation was terrible. Should redo.


It's really quiet, very hard to pick out what is being said


why not "you are talking"?


"You are talking" is translated as "Tu stai parlando".


This is more complicated. I knew about "Tu stai parlando." The question is whether "Tu parli" can also be translated as "You are speaking." Here's a place that translates the Italian present tense with the English progressive present: http://quizlet.com/19220958/presente-dei-verbi-in-are-present-tense-of-are-verbs-flash-cards/ But I rely mostly on this: "The difference between, say, Legge il giornale and Sta leggendo il giornale is not necessarily that between English "She reads the newspaper" and "She's reading the newspaper." In modern colloquial English, if the event described is simultaneous with the time of speaking, there is no simple alternative to saying "She's reading the newspaper"; but Italian allows either Legge il giornale or Sta leggendo il giornale, using the latter only to underline the progressive, developing nature of the activity. Similarly, in the past, "She was reading" corresponds both to Leggeva il giornale and to Stava Leggendo il giornale." from (Maiden and Robustelli, A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian, p. 303). Of course, I'm not a native speaker, and I defer to those who are.


Agreed. Italian has a progressive form, too, and it wasn't used here. So it is safe to assume that the simple present should be used.


That argument doesn't work. That was my point.


I think "You are talking" should be accepted.

For the most part the English present continuous (ie. you are talking or I am eating, etc) is translated to Italian in the simple present (ie "Tu parli" or "io mangio"). I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be accepted here, so I expect that it's just an oversight on Duolingo's part.


It is accepted I think. As Viaggiatore says, there are continuous tenses in Italian, but they're mostly used if you want to add emphasis to the fact that the action is in progress right now. But the simple tense in Italian regularly translates either speak or are speaking


Does Italian have a word for Talk as opposed to Speak ?


It is great that i know french too. Most verbs are really similar. In french also, you say is "tu parle" and in italian its "tu parli"


Wow, this sounded as if he was saying " too badly"!


I listened several times... could not make out "p" sound. Sounded like "b" - even on snail speed!!!


Yes, you are correct. If you're a native English speaker, an Italian p sounds like a English b to your ear. That's because Italian p doesn't have the extra "puff" that accompanies the English p.
Instead Italian relies on the difference between voiced and unvoiced only (that it: the vocal cord vibrating or not).
The same applies to t (unvoiced) and d (voiced).
Your ear is simply not trained to Italian sounds :-)


No seriously maybe it sounds better with headphones


I heard "too badly". Well I got the "tu" right...LOL


Tu parli ma lei decide, il mio amico...! ;)


How is "parlere" different in meaning from "dicere?"


Parlare = talk/speak/mention/express/converse Dire= say I don't know if dicere as a word exist in Italian. Its not even a conjugate.


The verb is parlare. What are you referring to? Those aren't Italian verbs


La pronuncia è sbagliata parli non perli


Even after the second time through and knowing the answer that is wanted it stll sounds like TOO BADLY


Lui fa una cattiva pronuncia. Come perle ?


Really bad prononciation !!!


Looks like we all agree on this issue! But again, the program is a freebe (gratuita)!


What system are you using? I tried Windows, Linux (Firefox) and Android (the app). I hear a female voice and the pronunciation is correct.


In most cases , the female speaker is much clearer, though softer, than its male counterpart. You should be hearing both voices at different times.


This voice clip needs some serious work. I got it, but I was just guessing what the words could be. This doesn't sound like, "Tu parli." at all. Step up your game Duolingo.


I totally agree. The male voice is unclear many times. DL must be aware by now because so many of us have commented. Hang in there!


Sounds like tu berli


I put in as a translation for Tu Parli, you speak and it was not accepted. What is the difference between talk and speak?

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