I got a correct answer for "Don't you speak english?".Is this sentence like "Hey, I thought you speak english!?" in norwegian?
More or less, it implies that they assumed the person were able to speak English.
What makes this sentence a question? (apart from the question mark obviously!) Is it the word order? If I wanted to state "you do not speak English" is it 'du snakker ikke Engelsk?
i can't really hear how engelsk is supposed to sound like... anyone please help?
So when does the letter "g" sound like /ŋ/? When it is after "n"? (this is not listed at the pronunciation guide in Tips and Notes from Basics skill)
To me it sounds like 'eng' - 'elsk' If you say those slowly it makes sense :)
I am having this same problem. To me it sounds like it could go two ways; eng-yask, with a long A and silent L, OR eng-yalsk, with long A and pronounced L. Have you figured it out since you posted this? EDIT: Or even en-yask, with a silent G and long A. The voice is throwing me off, I have no idea what I am saying. PLEASE SEND HELP.
I think "Do you speak English?" would be "Snakker du engelsk?", which sounds just a normal inquiry, while the question with "not/ikke" are usually uttered with your eyebrows raised. There is a difference of tone between them I'm afraid, and producing the latter surely needs more context. Hope it'll be of some help :)
Can anyone explain why, 'You don't speak English?' doesn't work with this one?
Well, most likely they're stressing the standard word order of questions here. Also, as far as my experience goes, Duolingo doesn't really take punctuation into account when assessing our translations, hence failing to capture the rising tone of your intended question. That's my guess :)
*writes "dont you speak english", Duolingo: Almost! The correct translation is "Don't you speak English?"
When forming questions, it's customary for the verb to precede the subject.
In speech, you could get away with that word order as long as you have the right intonation and context, but in writing that's bad form - and not something we want to teach.
Wondering why "You don't speak English? is not correct also. This would be considered correct and acceptable in the US.
To be fair, a lot of things are considered correct and acceptable in the US that ought not be considered either of those things. America has the most convoluted, broken, unstructured language in the whole world, when all things are taken into account. It is quite a mess, actually.
When I put "Do you not speak English?" I thought it sounded like a rude way to say it lmao. Is there a more friendlier way of asking it?