I imagine ants on my formica counter top, which they like to visit often, but your mnemonic is good too. Thanks.
I was wondering why ant would be formica. I couldn't stop envisioning countertops and rocks.
I swear. Everytime I start a new lesson, I never hear the voice. Especiallt painful when it is the speaking test.
Beaver is castoro. The only explanation I can think of is that "eager beaver" in English is "formica operosa" in Italian. The vocabulary hints are a little strange.
Right pronunciation is stressing "mica", not "for" as the bot suggests. i.e. forMIca, that's the right pronunciation...
Native here. The stress is on "mi", don't trust duo for accents, get a dictionary and look it up, I'm learning spanish and the robot lady says 80% of the words wrong -.-
I hear /'for.mi.ka/, but that should be /for'mi.ka/.
14/07/2014 - Now I hear /for'mi.ka/.
Babylon dictionary says it's "ant". Couldn't find any connection to beaver... Any ideas besides the "eager beaver" theory (thanks Viaggitore)?