Thank you. I translated it in my head, because I had the audio exercise, not the translation exercise. I thought "here is really a zoo"--what does that mean? But your comment, "it's a real zoo (in) here," allowed me to understand what they were trying to communicate. I do think the English translation they give is confusing and weird. I'm a native American-English speaker with a degree including quite a lot of communication studies, and their translation only confused me.
A lot of people get wrapped up and mad sometimes at the funky sentences in DL. I try not to, when I realize what a fun, free and great thing it really is. However, this is the first time I think DL has created a mess. This should honestly be removed from all lessons. No one speaks that way.
Espygur, the statement "Here it is really a zoo" is a little odd sounding to my American English ear, but I could understand what the speaker meant if I knew what place "here" referred to. Example: Someone says to you, "You think you've got problems? You should see where I live. It's a zoo." Your friend takes you to where he lives, and right there, in cages all around his house, are wild animals. Now you get it--"Here it is really a zoo! You weren't exaggerating." But this example seems a little farfetched. If instead you went to the Black Friday sales (the day after Thanksgiving Day when hoards of crazy people stampede retail stores for smoking hot deals), you might stand back and observe, "Here it really is a zoo"--metaphorically. Personally, I would more likely say, "This place is a (three ring) circus." Maybe Italians prefer to say zoo instead of circus?
Fredrick, I think the word order "... it really is..." vs. "...it is really..." implies a difference in emphasis. "It really is suggests" doubt came before, but the fact is now confirmed, while "It really is" suggests not that the fact was doubted, but that it may have been understated. Just between you and me, the English sentence sounds odd--a little contrived.
Absolute nonsense as an English sentence . Here it is really a zoo - what, as opposed to a hotel, or a shop?
You might say " This is really a zoo" if you came across somewhere that said it was something else but there were loads of animals around and to all intents and purposes it looked like a zoo. I think the meaning must be "Here really is a zoo!!" meaning it's a really impressive zoo, or, "this really is a zoo".