"Ela gosta de cerveja."

Translation:She likes beer.

December 22, 2012



Hard to differenciate Ele from Ela as spoken by the mechanized voice

December 22, 2012


I like it, because it took me many tries and a great focus, but it's not impossible, I finally achieved to recognize "ele" and "ela". "ele" sounds like "élé" or sometimes "élee", and "ela", though the "a" is not a clear "ah", is never close of "elee".

April 7, 2014


A real person's voice would help so much, like they have on the Italian course.

July 19, 2015


I don't think Italian is a real person?

October 1, 2015


Yep. Would be great if this was changed.

February 28, 2013


Sorry guys, we will do our best to improve it.

January 10, 2013


For what it's worth, I can hear the difference between ela and ele in Duo's lessons, and I'm finding it very difficult to accustom my ears to the nasal diphthongs and other new sounds in Portuguese.

October 3, 2013


Can you please give us some pronounciation key to guide us along with this troublesome voice. =) he, he, he,

March 5, 2015


Great website! Can anyone explain why this sentence has "de?" It obviously doesn't translate directly to english, because "She likes of beer" doesn't make sense. Any clarification would be appreciated. Thanks!

June 6, 2013


Think it as "She is fond of beer"

October 15, 2013


Yes. Good idea.

October 15, 2013


gostar de = to like; exemplos: eu gosto de ti=i like you, eu gosto de beber cerveja=i like drinking beer

June 9, 2013


Only a rule. The particle "de" comes always after the verb "gostar", the expression is "gostar de...", as in Spanish, there's a particular structure for "gustar", "me gusto el.."

I don't know if "gostar" can be used alone, is some special contexts?

"Gostar" comes from the latin "gustare" meaning "to taste". "To taste" became "to appreciate". Ela gosta de cerveja = literally "she tastes from the beer".

April 7, 2014


Don't get mixed up with Spanish, though, as, if I remember correctly it translates to something like please (or Portuguese agradar I suppose) rather than like. Hence "Me gusta cerveza" (beer pleases me) and not "Yo gusto de cerveza" as it would be in Portuguese.

June 26, 2019


As far as I can tell, gostar is always followed by de (or da, do, daquele, etc, depending on the situation).

March 18, 2015


This is a useful sentence to learn

November 30, 2013


why can't I say "she likes the beer"

July 9, 2013


I think because if you say "the beer" it would be an specific beer (like a brand or the one you have in your hand - if you were drinking at the moment). Instead, the example talks in general.

August 5, 2013


I'd like to know if you can use the definite article after the particle "de". But I guess de+a is incorrect.

April 7, 2014


de+a = da. She likes the beer = Ela gosta da cerveja.

April 7, 2014



April 7, 2014


Wouldn't it now be "She likes "that" beer? Or is "that" a word I am not aware of yet which has its how meaning.

April 26, 2016


There are several ways to say "that" in Portuguese as you'll discover in later lessons. The two that fit here are "aquela" and "essa": "She likes that beer" is either "Ela gosta daquela cerveja" or "Ela gosta dessa cerveja".

April 26, 2016


The word "how" in that previous sentence is supposed to be "own". Lol. Darn spell check.

April 26, 2016


How do you pronounce the word 'de'? it sounds like she's saying 'g'.

July 18, 2013

July 24, 2013


I hear it as "djee".

Thanks for the link, Paulenrique explained it well: "If the letter "d" is followed by i it sounds like "g". That's why you listen to "dia" like"gee - ah". Plus, if the word ends in "de" it sounds like "di" (gee) When it is followed by the other vowels the sound is normal, like a normal "d""

April 7, 2014


In Brazilian Portuguese, "di" or "de" where is sounds almost like 'di' is pronounced "g"/

October 7, 2013


it's exactly like "gee", pronounced in English.

October 15, 2013


It's never been explained on Duolingo previous to this point that the verb is "gostar de," and not simply "gostar." We're being tested on things we haven't been taught yet.

June 20, 2013


I've found that some smaller elements Duolingo subtly introduces without explicitly teaching. It mimics "on the fly" learning, as you might experience it in a different country (for example, out on the street hearing people talk).

Interestingly enough, I retain this information better if I'm forced to infer it on my own.

January 9, 2014


Because it expects you notice: "oh gosh, so this verbe gostar is only with its particle "de", I've failed, but now I know!" I'm sure you won't forget it now you're hungry that Duo didn't tell you before.

April 7, 2014


Is "gostar" passive, como "gustar" en espanol? What is the subject of this sentence? "Ela" or "cerveja"?

July 27, 2014


"Ela" is the subject here. We don't use the equivalent of "Me gusta...", so there's no passive element here.

November 29, 2015
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