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Weirdest, funniest or most esoteric sentence you have learned on Duolingo!

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I hope no one will mind me starting this topic - it's a case of this makes me giggle, and I'm hoping others have similarly humorous experiences and can share!

I know a lot of the sentences and vocab are chosen to teach a grammar point, rather than because they are necessarily sentences that would crop up frequently for the beginner, and I actually really like learning a mixture of useful stuff, and stuff that is not necessarily immediately useful but might be interesting.

That said, occasionally Duolingo has come up with sentences that have made me roll about laughing, or declare "go home, Duolingo, you're drunk!"

Human nature and my brain being what it is, I'm pretty sure these are sentences I'll never forget, even if I never get to use them. I would absolutely LOVE to see what other strange sentences (in any language) have come up for other people. Also, of course, I love knowing really random sentences in ANY language :D

So far, my favourites on the weirdness front (with apologies if I type them wrong, fingers crossed I won't)...:

Ich habe eine Ente (I have a duck)

I really want to have a reason to use this at some point.

Dieser Käse ist gut, obwohl es ist alt (This cheese is good, although it is old)

... Yum...

Ich kenne nicht den Vogel (I do not know the bird)

Presumably, this is NOT my duck... ;D

3 years ago

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Sie ersetzt das Baby durch einen schwarzen Hund.

She replaces the baby with a black dog.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5722956

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... Oh my goodness. And that thread is gold, thank you!

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The weirdest one I heard was "He looks like a crepe"

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https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

How handsome!

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He must be a mutant from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .

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https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Haha :)

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I can't decide if that's supposed to be a compliment or an insult...

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https://www.duolingo.com/xxChristina

My favorite from Italian: "Vendo i frigoriferi, capisci?"

Also known as "I sell refrigerators, understand?" I think the Duolinguists that created this course liked to have some fun. I also saw one where one of the options was, "Stiamo facendo una terza figlia in questo momento"//"We're making a third daughter right now"...

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https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

That last one was hilarious!

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Right now? Geez, folks, what are you doing on Duolingo at the same time? :-o

I am definitely going to be memorising the refrigerators one, just in case I get asked at any point if I speak any Italian ;D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Lol :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/albernegiraffe

I was just going about my own business doing the lesson on politics or something like that near the bottom of the tree. The sentences were all pretty boring and straightforward. Then, out of nowhere, "Die Schweiz ist ohne Hoffnung." (Switzerland is without hope) I am half-Swiss. Thanks Duolingo :P

3 years ago

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How rude :-o LOL :D

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Imgur

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Woah thats like, old Duolingo...

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https://www.duolingo.com/NoNameHaveI

Those were the days.

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Did a bear actually show up?

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A bear did actually show up right behind me

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/albernegiraffe
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Thanks, dude. I just spit tea all over my keyboard... That is hysterical!

3 years ago

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LOVE I am cackling again!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cipoll

My personal favourite in Spanish is an accurate description of my life:

Si es una araña, yo corro = If it's a spider, I run.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Haha me too :)

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"We don't know which of us is human."

Which will come in handy when I have to reenact The Thing in Brazil.

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I am CACKLING... I love it.

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My favourite from English for Polish:
1) Wniosek: nie ma słoni w mojej kuchni - The conclusion is: no elephants in my kitchen;
2) Czy moje buty są elektryczne? - Are my shoes electric?

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Oh my word! I missed those before. LOVE.

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Not a funny sentence as such, just a really unfortunate (to my anglophone eyes) translation that had me falling about laughing. I'm doing the HU>EN tree in an attempt to get a little experience with Hungarian before the EN>HU tree appears, and I was already pretty throughly entranced that the Hungarian for "you just got that right" is "helyes", but this might be even better.

She is a woman: Ő nő.

It's official, ladies. Duolingo knows we are here and it is scared

I really, really love Hungarian :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

That was funny :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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I'm currently finishing the English for Indonesian speakers course. The weirdest sentences I've gotten are:

  • "Yes, they are watching you"/ "Ya, mereka sedang melihat kamu"
  • "The dog does not stop eating" / "Anjing itu tidak berhenti makan"
  • "Because I am a bad man" / "Karena saya pria yang jahat"
  • "The cats drink anything, from milk to beer" / "Kucing-kucing itu minum sesuatu, dari susu ke bir"
  • "They appear at night" / "Mereka muncul pada malam"
  • "We are turtles" / "Kami adalah kura-kura"
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https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

We are turtles

Lol

3 years ago

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I've also once gotten "I like trains".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Haha once I got Ich bin kaputt which Duokingo said meant 'I am dead'

Weird

3 years ago

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Almost threatening :-o

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That is my understanding, which makes some of the choices reeeeeally interesting. I think the people who decide in the sentences have a really strange sense of humour. Not gonna lie, I kinda love it...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Yeah now you mention it :)

Aren't all the sentences manually added so that the team deliberately adds them?

3 years ago

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kaputt = busted, beat up, washed out

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Yeah that's what it actually means but Duolingo said it means "I am dead"

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In Irish my favorite is I run toward them with the cat.

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Okay, clearly I have to add Irish to my rotation, because I want to be able to say that...

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Yo había muerto (I had died) Yo perdí mi identidad (I lost my identity)

You know, everyday stuff.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

As a native Spanish speaker I find those phrases very useful in my daily life :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Really? It's nice to know that Duo's sentences do have some practical use :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

It's like like living in "The Bourne Identity" movie lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Yes everyday stuff :)

Yeah totally :)

3 years ago

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Lately I've been translating French sentences like: I owe them a chicken. They owe me a chicken! I'm trying to figure out why anyone would owe someone a CHICKEN!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/INordh

Clearly France reminisces of the barter economy. And to be fair, when i first learnt French I was taught that the word for "money" was l'argent (silver). So it's really quite an evolution that most of my money related sentences on Duo revolves around dollars!

(as an aside, could vegetarians owe each other aubergines instead?)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Maybe? :D

3 years ago

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On Malta there are ancient land lease contracts still in force which require payments of something like "6 chicken every year".

3 years ago

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Hvad siger ræven? - What does the fox say? (... :D) Mein Vater ist ein Mann. - My father is a man. (What else could he be? :D) Wo sind meine Millionen? - Where are my millions? (Yeah... I want them now!) Nein, ich bin nicht normal. - No, I am not normal. (Thank you, Duo.)

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That last one - I think Duo was talking about itself LMAO :D

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Well... Maybe. I would say 'no comment'. :D

3 years ago

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;)

3 years ago

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The Dutch course is a motherload in terms of hilarious sentences. And it's been already proven here =D.

So I'll add some sentences from the Dutch and German courses. They may not be profound or esoteric but surely are funny.

  • De maan is boos op de zon (The Moon is mad at the Sun). Removing one 'a' and adding one 'o' would give "The man is mad at the son".

  • Ik verminder de afstand tussen mijn mond en de kaas (I am decreasing the distance between my mouth and the cheese).

  • Hij zit in een relatie met een weegschaal (He is in a relationship with a scale).

  • Geef me jullie handtekeningen of ik ga zingen! (Give me your autographs or I am gonna sing)

  • De vriendschap die ik met de koeien had was heel speciaal (The friendship that I had with the cows was very special).

  • Das Dorf wird brennen! (The village will burn!)

  • Glas ist teuer auf dem Mond (Glass is expensive on the Moon).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

hehe, I wonder if whoever came up with that sentence had this in mind: ;-)

'The moon was shining sulkily, Because she thought the sun

Had got no business to be there, After the day was done--

"It's very rude of him," she said, "To come and spoil the fun!"'

3 years ago

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The sun replied: Oh let's not fight

It's better if I shine at night

'Cause that's when people need the light!

3 years ago

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There's some great ones in Portuguese. Like

"ela pensa como uma formiga"-she thinks like an ant,

and

"eu bebo quando eu quero"- I drink when I want.

I think one I had recently was "a dona do macaco trabalha por o bispo."-"the monkey's owner works for the bishop,"

3 years ago

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA those are reeeeally random...

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I have a habit of switching out of English when I'm drinking, so the second one was really fun to keep saying a week or so ago when I went out with some friends.

Here's another- Você não é um tubarão-you are not a shark.

3 years ago

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I don't know if I'll ever learn Portugeuse properly (I don't have much passion for the Romance languages), but that is a sentence I will DEFINITELY be memorising. I like it :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaotic-gay

Der Bär trägt ihre Kleidung - The bear wears her clothing. Lovely.

3 years ago

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From the Portuguese tree "Como você explica o sabor deste café?" "How do you explain the flavour of this coffee?" (Man, what the hell are you putting in there???)

Love this thread so much I disturbed the neighbours by laughing out loud when I was hanging out the washing. Which reminds me, when are they going to give me back the chicken they owe me?

3 years ago

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Starting to be slightly concerned about team Dutch:

De honden zijn lekker (the dogs are tasty)

Taking your word on that...

De eenden lezen een boek (the ducks read a book)

Dutch ducks definitely get a higher standard of living.

De uil spreekt geen Nederlands (the owl does not speak Dutch)

I... am not sure if I am supposed to be surprised... Are Dutch owls usually better educated than this?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Seeing as these sentences are all added manually I too would be very concerned about Team Dutch...

3 years ago

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This is why I just keep plugging away at the Dutch course - it's so enjoyable, it's too random not to want to learn everything!

I think the course was created around a plate of funny brownies in Amsterdam...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I just got the non-Dutch owl yesterday. xD

3 years ago

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xD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Syzygy6

Tú me puedes controlar. - You can control me.

¡Tu caballo no es necesario! - Your horse isn't necessary!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Master.Albert

One of my bests is: 'J'échange mon cheval contre ta vache' - I exchange my horse for your cow.

3 years ago

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Sounds like a fair trade to me!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knittingirl
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Two Doctor Who related sentences are:

I like your second heart. (German)

The main theme of her work is the Silence. (French)

More general weird ones:

Cow is not a number! (Dutch) (Reference to The Prisoner perhaps?)

That is because you are a mouse. (Dutch)

The lion eats the children. (Irish)

The man is in the fridge. (Irish)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Duolingo is being surreal and slightly threatening:

the tomato is on the balcony (?)

I am dead (!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

I just got "La serveuse est totalement nue" ("The waitress is entirely naked")... The discussion (with no posts yet) was locked. :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh my goodness. That's. Whut. omg.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Another one:
"Nudeln schwimmen in der Suppe" - The pasta swims in the soup - Los fideos nadan en la sopa - La pasta nuota nella zuppa.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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That one is rather poetic!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Kinda

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alternia
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Swedish has a sentence that translates to It's raining men!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

That would make a very interesting weather report :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Oh dear... That brings back a the memory of a you tube video that I'd almost managed to forget... ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNAR-ek63hI

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchTheLlama

Hunden äter Katten. (The dog eats the cat) Kvinnor älskar Kvinnor. (Women love women)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elie_Birds

That first sentence is what I truly fear to witness one day.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia
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I just came across this one .... Ein roter Hund trägt weiße Kleider. ..... A red dog wears white dresses .... Well, with her colouring, she would need to avoid orange :-))

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Hey, I got that one the other day! I really thought I just hadn't understood the sentence correctly till it accepted my translation...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia
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Me too, I looked at it and thought, "no, I must be wrong but what else can I put in there" then ... amazingly, it was right! .... Thanks Duo, you brightened my day :-)))

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PansyPurple
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"O bebé precisa de aquecimento" "The baby needs heating" (couple of minutes on gas mark 7 presumably).

"A confusao comecou na igreja". "The mess started in the church." (Won't have a real donkey for the Nativity next year).

"Ele desenha pedras". "He draws stones" (well each to their own.)

Is this the most boring sentence on Duolingo though?? - O documento é uma sintese de relatos" "The document is a synthesis of reports" (yaaawn...)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Can "desenha" refer to the sense of draw that means "to pull"? If so, that phrase sounds like it might be describing some form of divination. (probably involving the removal of stones from a bag)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PansyPurple
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No, I think it just means that he sits there sketching dark grey stones, light grey ones, medium grey ones, ones that are a bit speckled,,,,,,,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Are you sure about that? Without more context, a reference about someone drawing stones brings to mind a cloth bag full of rune stones much more readily than a picture of stones...

On the other hand some people apparently do sit around drawing stones.... ;-) https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ssl#q=draw+stones

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PansyPurple
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Yes, runes, I know, but all the references I have found apparently refer to drawing (with pencil etc) - desenho técnico (techincal drawing), desenha animado (cartoon drawing), mesa de desenho (drawing table). However I have found that it can also mean "design" as in "graphic design", so perhaps this person sits around designing stones as well ("I'll design a round one now with just a little chip out of it, and now here's one that's kidney-shaped").

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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Designer stones, for the aspiring and discerning gravel-path owner. To go with your $99 Monster cables.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Those are wonderful - have a lingot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/polychrom
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I used to have two ducks, so I am used to saying "Ich habe zwei Enten." Totally not weird.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

"Tu manges comme un cochon" - You eat like a pig

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/197648

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

"Eat like a pig" is a common expression in English, meaning "eat rudely."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

In Spanish too, it means the same, I found it funny because of the comments anyway.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Surely the cheese would be good because it's old. You pay more for it to be aged longer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I get the impression whoever programmed that sentence in wasn't thinking about aged as in matured, more old as in mouldy... Either way, it's a rather odd sentence!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erinthiandragons

Han dricker inte olja- (She does not drink oil) Thanks, Duolingo. Good to know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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...! lmaooo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fartfacehoohaha

Bjornen äter bärnen (The bear eats the child)

OH GOD RUN

SCREW THIS PLACE, LIKE SERIOUSLY

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I saw that...either in Spanish or Irish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elie_Birds

El oso come el niño!

1 year ago

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:-o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"Itheann an leon éadaí."

The lion eats clothes. Oh dear. O.o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Today I saw a very funny one but I forgot it... :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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"Die Katze isst den Vogel"... The cat eats the bird

I don't know if that was real or if I just made it up :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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Today I had: Il gatto segue il topo ("the cat follows the mouse") - it's a feral feline jungle out there!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I'm pretty sure I've seen that one a couple of times. I'm kind of hoping Duolingo will have a funny moment and present me with "the bird eats the cat" at some point... ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Haha me too

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eleanorlh

My personal favorite was one I got a long time ago, I can't even remember the german for it, but it was "The duck drinks the wine from Vienna."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Haha

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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I think that it is "Das Ente trinkt der Wein aus Wien", but I must have get the genres wrong... And also, I don't know if it is aus or auf.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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the 'aus' is correct. :-D "Die Ente trinkt den Wein aus Wien." (...Danach ist sie besoffen!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/imtonie

I encountered sooo many funny sentences but i can't remember them all. This one is the one I wouldn't want to forget: it is in spanish, in english, "What do you have under your shirt?" lol,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

I have a tendency to find humour for even the more mundane sentences in my own initial mental response or by imagining a context.
eg: "Elle aime porter sa chemise" - "She likes to wear her shirt"
In this case my first thought was "He prefers it when she doesn't" :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Ich spiele mit beiden Tassen - I play with both cups xDD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Er hat neun Finger - He has nine fingers... Well ok

3 years ago

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I suppose it would've been more concerning if it said Er hat zwölf finger... ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarah.greenleaf
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"If it is a spider, I run." - the most true sentence I have gotten on Duolingo haha. found in my Spanish lessons

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I once thought it was giving me a sentence about eating a dog, but I was translating it improperly. xD

All I get is "apple this" and "apple that". Man...I'd sure like to learn about fruits other than "las manzanas"!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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You need to start learning Dutch - we get all the weirdest sentences ;) talking fruit, tasty dogs, you name it ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I keep stopping and starting. Jij/je/yullie is a real tripper. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Aye, I can identify - I am doing Dutch mostly just for pleasure/to break things up, but I do really like it. It does help that I'm not expecting myself to progress quickly, and the humorous sentences don't hurt either ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Él come toneladas de pescado. (He eats tons of fish.)

Whatever you do, don't invite him to your seafood restaurant!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

(These are in English because they came up doing reverse tree.)

"He sleeps while I speak." Are you that boring?

"I speak while I sleep." O rly?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"Tá an fear sa chuisneoir."

The man is in the fridge. O.o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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... whut. O.o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Drakessis

"La camisa es blanca o gris." ( The shirt is white or gray. ) So what color is it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

I pictured a sort of pale, pale gray that you would be tempted to call white. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

This came up as one of the other options in a 'select all the correct translations' exercise. I couldn't help but laugh when I read it. :-) La grand-mère mange un petit-fils. (The grandmother is eating a grandson)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Bwahahahaha I love it. I've had a couple of those - actually the weirdest ones have been doing reverse trees. I remember one time the correct sentence was "I am a man and she is woman." The alternates it gave me were "I am a man and she is an apple" and "I am an apple and she is a woman"...!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Um ok...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Stai dicendo che non ho un cervello? - You are saying that I do not have a brain? - ¿Estás diciendo que no tengo un cerebro? - Du sagst, dass ich habe kein Gehirn?

3 years ago

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Hahahahah well I can see why that was included, a commonly used phrase for sure... ;D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barbarakurz
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Here are some of the phrases from the Dutch course I've collected on my twitter:

"The child has a question about the sale of parents."

"I decrease the distance between my mouth and the cheese."

"The old man told me about his relationship with a tulip."

"This is the woman whose children do not wear any clothes."

"In reality I am a turtle."

"Does my car have a conscience?"

"Have you seen the cows in the airplane?"

"His grandfather is a sheep."

I love those so much

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Literally laughing out loud lol :)

The ones about the sale of parents and the relationship with the tulip were hilarious!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarah.greenleaf
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the cheese one haha!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ferfredd
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hahahaha "I decrease the distance between my mouth and the cheese." hilarious

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/astritm

This is how scientist describes eating process :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annie1258

"L'insecte est japonais", which translates to "the insect is Japanese"... yeah, I don't understand either. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Me neither...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kilire

This is why I love DuoLingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I just did a search for Duolingo on Tumblr. Not even for wtfduolingo, or Duolingo is having a weird day - just plain old Duolingo. I laughed so hard I was crying and could barely breathe!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kilire

Just saw one while learning Danish on the iPad.

Anden drikker vin = The duck is drinking wine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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Danish also has one about the drunk badger loving candy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

WHAT?!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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LMAO I love it :D

Duolingo is reeeeeally find of ducks, isn't it? Love it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Yes Duo has heaps of ducks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Wow very irresponsible

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toadster172
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  1. I am a dolphin. 2.You are my horse.
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toadster172
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The French coarse is weird.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Ja, danke Deutschland! - Yes, thanks Germany!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Very interesting...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Es fehlen keine Eier - It doesn't lack any egg

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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...!? LOL

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Anche i francesi bevono caffè - Also the French drink coffee... Oh! Thanks for telling me that

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"Tengo siete patos."

Care to explain WHY you have seven ducks? (giggle)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Better add thirteen cats to that...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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crazy cat AND duck lady? I guess at least it's original ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

I'm on numbers, so it's giving me things like, "I have seven ducks". "I have thirteen cats."

I have one weird Duolingo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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It is stuff like that that makes me love DL ;D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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To add to the little fruit based melodrama on the Dutch course; recently I got Ik ben een banaan. I really don't know why the Dutch course is so insistent on me learning these things. Is team Dutch okay??

In other news: the RU>EN tree decided to teach me some real survival Russian - well, it was actually trying to teach me survival English, since it believes I speak fluent Russian. In any case, the sentences that have come up recently include "the turtles eat rice" and "the turtle drinks milk"... :-D ooookay!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

It always seems super creepy to me when they have animals who are not even mammals drinking milk. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Another one!!!

"Sie akzeptiert die kostenlose Schokolade" - She accepts the free chocolate - Ella acepta el chocolate gratis - Lei accetta il cioccolato gratuito.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Well duh! It's free chocolate! who wouldn't accept that??? ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"El oso no cabe por la puerta." (The bear doesn't fit through the door.)

Why are we allowing bears into our house?!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I just cackled. That's excellent :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Sorry, ik heb uw broek. (Sorry, I have your pants.)

Yeah, I don't want to know what you two were doing last night! (Especially if the speaker was referring to "you" in the formal!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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8-o I only just saw that one. Classic. Dutch <3

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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The legendary Dutch conversation:

-Goedendag, sap. (Good day, juice)

-Pardon, ik ben een appel. (Excuse me, I'm an apple)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that reminds me of one I'd forgotten from earlier today in German:

Hallo, Biene. (Hallo, Bee.)

Ahhh, Duolingo is so weird and I love it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Literally laughing out loud!

Very very very typical Dutch conversation :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Actually, it is a possible conversation, atleast with capital letters. :p

-Goedendag, Sap. (Family name)

-Pardon, ik ben een Appel. (A member of the Appel family)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Excellent ones!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I got the perfect addition to this surreal conversation today:

Ik ben een banaan.

Duolingo Dutch is going to be super helpful in the Netherlands LMAO

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered
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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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oh my.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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De sinaasappel spreekt. (The orange speaks)

I'm seeing a really cute cartoon about talking fruit taking shape here.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher
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Er de lovlige? -- Are they legal? (Danish)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/INordh

To be fair, that is a frequently used phrase ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

In French:

"Je vais vous apporter un canard" = "I am going to bring you a duck" Um...thanks?

In Portuguese:

"Um formigo lê um livro" = "An ant reads a book"

I believe it was a bee that wrote it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenocent
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Não, eu penso que uma borboleta escreve o livro. Eu não lembro.

No, I think that a butterfly writes the book. I don't remember.

(Please correct my Portuguese if needed! I'm still pretty new at this)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jess_fcs
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"Uma formiga lê um livro" is better. "Formiga" is a feminine word.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenocent
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Thank you for catching that when I didn't-have a lingot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew48

French Duolingo also informs us that "Le singe est près de la porte" ("The monkey is close to the door").

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Lol!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Well, ducks are cute and they also taste good...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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had to think of this post when I did my French Duolingo lessons earlier. I ran into "Un homme vend son serpent." --- A man sells his snake :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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LOL Is that the snake he found in his shoe in the Spanish lesson??

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Who is the deleted user? I just see it everywhere

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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I haven't a clue - I remember replying to this person and reading their posts, but by the time I saw the deleted user thing I couldn't remember who they were. I guess they decided they weren't that into languages...?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Maybe he spammed or something like that and the mods deleted his user? (I generalize into "he")

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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possibly! it's a mystery...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Not me...I've been spectating. :D

(Besides, I'd like to think that if Floot was concerned, she'd check on me.)

(Or answer my FB friend request. :P )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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So in the list of friend requests of "people I really should figure out if/how I know them", I finally went, hey, hang on, this person speaks Spanish... then I clicked on "more stories" (because at that point all I could see on the wall was "X has changed her profile picture" or some such) and then it said "has started learning Irish"... and I remembered you talking about the insane leniton lesson! So hopefully I found you! 8-o :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"Sarah accepted your friend request." YAY!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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eep! to my shame, I didn't even know you had tried to add me :-o sorry, facebook is CRAP on my iPad, and so I miss stuff all the time. I will have to go look!

attempting to use it on the browser is like pulling teeth and the app misses things - like, it'll tell you you have a message, but it requires you to download a different app to read the message, which I highly resent and also plain old don't have the memory on the iPad to do <_< also there are certain kinds of group posts etc that it won't actually load up on the iPad - and like I say, using it through the mobile browser is a nightmare.

(it was a gift so I am not complaining, I have used it so much, but boy do I wish I had more memory space on here...)

I will have a look... wish me luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Il coltello è nello stivale - The knife is in the boot...

And there is also a snake in my boot?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Du bist einer Maus ähnlich - You look like a mouse xDD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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grammatical correct, but normally we would say: Du siehst aus wie eine Maus.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Your sentence sounds easier to me, but you have to tell that to the course contributors-makers. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarah.greenleaf
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One time when I was doing a French lesson one of the sentences was "Il cache un enfant" or He hides a child xD I found that kind of funny! Another sentence I got (can't remember what language though) was "The duck is dead" :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Poor duck

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Just found this one in the French course: Je peux prendre ta montre ? - Can I take your watch? The thought of someone actually asking that question kind of boggles the mind, so this gave me pause but then my imagination produced a sign at the entrance to a venue:
"You are entering a time-free zone, please check all timepieces at the door" ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Duo: Siúlann sé ar uisce. Me: Goodness! I didn't know Jesus spoke Irish!

(I'll let all of you figure out what that means. No fair helping, fellow Gaelige students!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

It was "he walks on water". O.o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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I just can't stop getting weird sentences:

"Ich mag das zweite Herz" - I like the second heart - Me gusta el segundo corazón - Mi piace il secondo cuore

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"El mono usa zapatos." (The monkey uses shoes.)

Hmm...protect your shoes, ladies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Pasta is geen fruit. (Pasta isn't fruit.)

Um...

3 years ago

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Well, it is true...

The downside of Dutch and English being so close: I initially read it as "Pasta is green fruit" which... well...

Confusion city learning Turkish, where pasta means cake 8-o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Pardon, ik ben een appel. (Excuse me, I'm an apple.)

Uh huh...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Ólann Pól fíon roimh an gcat. (Paul drinks wine before the cat.)

If the cat has a drinking problem, you really ought to take to the vet...

3 years ago

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Speaking of Turkish, I added what I thought were relatively strange sentences from the Turkish course a while back to another thread (and relatively speaking they were a bit odd in that discussion), but after reviewing them just now, they really don't seem so odd. Perhaps the only one that would really stand out in this crowd is

Everyone wants a pink island.

After reading all of these, it doesn't seem so weird now, does it?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

"Hallo schoenen." (Hi, shoes!)

I think I love Team Dutch. <3

3 years ago

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Only think?? Heheheheheh. The Dutch course is my favourite, even though I'm almost totally sure I'll never find a particular use for it <3

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Maybe someone on TD is a "Sex and the City" fan...it seems like Carrie says "hello, shoes!" at least once in the series. :D

3 years ago

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Zijn wij langzaam? Nee, wij zijn geen langzame koeien. (Are we slow? No, we are not slow cows.)

Go home, Dutch. You're drunk!

3 years ago

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamiesFanGirl

Saw that one on Buzzfeed's story on this very thing!

3 years ago

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... gosh.

3 years ago

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Portuguese: "I am green, so what?"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

For some reason all this brings to mind is Kermit... "It's not easy, being green..."

3 years ago

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In Norwegian: There is a hand coming up out of the toilet!

1 year ago

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8-o that's disturbing!

1 year ago

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Very!

1 year ago

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Der Rock ist aus Wien - The skirt is from Vienna

3 years ago

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Ein wiener Rock = a kilt, no?

3 years ago

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I think so ;D

3 years ago

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I've developed a lovely habit of coming up with names via translating various words into other languages. Here are two I've discovered in the last few days:

"Duh" means "spirit" in Bosnian. ~"Nopeus" means "speed" in Finnish. ~"Fart" also means "speed" in some languages, such as Norwegian.

And for a random bit of randomness? Mayim Bialik's first name is Hebrew for water. ^_^

"Yupeus"...this is fun. xD

3 years ago

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If I remember accurately (which in fairness I may not, so any Hebrew speakers feel free to correct/elaborate), Mayim מים is actually a plural, or to be more specific a dual form. Not used in Modern Hebrew, but it survives in some words, and water is one of them.

дух is the same in Russian, too :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elie_Birds

Ella sacó un cuchillo. - She took out a knife Not very funny, but not something you would say every day, I think

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulianVrieselaar

In norwegian I got the sentence,

Why is the plumber jumping on the turtle

1 year ago