Are these actual voice recordings or just TTS? Either way this man has the best accent/voice on duolingo. Props to you devs, loving the course!
I'm pretty sure it's voice recordings, as if it was TTS then there would be sound for single words as well, which there isn't.
it has to be a human voice. Try to listen to esperanto words in google translate...that is a computer voice.
Just for the people reading this in the future, they have started doing the single word recordings now and they are with a human voice.
I'm somewhat surprised that Esperanto has some of the best voice recording on this website. French has terrible sound quality - the voices sound "blurry" and slurred. Esperanto is usually an overlooked language and I'm delighted to see the special attention it receives here!
Not all, but most of them. (He formerly wrote something like "All adverbs end with e" and I was referring to that.)
His statement : "All words that end in 'e are adverbs" suggests that whenever you see a word ending in 'e, then it's of course an adverb. What you said is "not all, but most of them" . So, you mean a word ending in 'e can be an adverb and be other than an adverb. 1)am i Right ? And 2)can adverbs not end in 'e sometimes ? Thank you.
No. All are -e ending words are adverbs, but the opposite is wrong. Not all adverbs finish by -e
Yes, thank you! but Oh I just had to click on that and leave this lesson after doing quite a bit of it and I had to start over again. So, for those people who are also curious, but don't want to leave this lesson. You can right click on the mouse instead and a pop up menu will come up so that you can choose to open the link in a separate tab of windows or if you prefer in a separate window. Then you can read it now or save it to favorites before closing it and still come back to this lesson without having to start over.
Or simply middle click, if your mouse has either a scroll wheel or 3 buttons :)
For this I typed "The woman works quickly" but then I found out that laboras can also mean "is working". How do I know which one to use? Or does "laboras" in here can actually mean both of them?
"laboras" means "works" or "does work" for the subject "woman" ("work" or "do work" for subjects that are not 3rd person singular). Now English uses the continuous more than most languages, so often you can use this present form. When it really means that you are doing this right at this moment, then you could use "estas laboranta". You typed the most common use for this verb and that is usually the right way to go. "Do" or "does" indicates an emphatic form which is used when you are verifying something to be true and is used with all negations and questions, and answers to questions. "is working" or "are working" means "at this moment" or that it is still happening. If you mean that you are actually working at this moment, use the present participle with to be. In English we often mean that it is an on-going process, but we could be on break talking about it. Then, you could use the regular Esperanto present. For example, "I am learning to ride a horse." will be said in English even if the class is for one hour a week. As long as I am not done learning, I can say this even when I am not actually at class on a horse. In other languages, the present would be used. "Mi lernas....."
Thanks for this explanation. Does this mean that, in both situations where "the woman is writing quickly" (currently happening) and "the woman writes quickly" (not necessarily currently happening), the Esperanto "La virino laboras rapide" is acceptable in that the grammar is correct and understandable? (which means the speakers will understand, through context, which English translation it was?)
Any present form can be shown with the Esperanto present tense.
You can also say "The woman is writing quickly when she writes." which uses the continuous form, but it is not currently happening.
The present form is even used for "I have been living here for 3 years." -> "Mi loĝas tie ĉi tri jarojn."
"estas laboranta" is actually considered to have an adjective form that is describing the subject
What you have here is conjugation and deconjugation. Laboras means works but to deconjugate it you take the -as away and add a -u or add an -anta. Whichever is correct. Anyway when you do one of them the word becomes "work" not "works". so now you add an "estas" in front and you get "estas laboranta" which literally means "is working" or "are working". We do that in english too but instead of an -as we have an -s. (By the way i made up the word deconjugate) lol
(Sorry for my English, is not good), Anybody knows in which language does exist a similar word to "virino" (woman)? Thanks.
For "virino" you have to look at the word for man, which is "viro". And it looks like that comes from Latin, vir, which apparently means "man, hero". http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/noun:vir
A related word in English would be "virile": http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virile?s=t
Seems like rapidly would also be a legitimate translation for rapide unless I'm missing something.
Try reporting it. Word order is flexible and it should be allowed. Duolingo just didn't have that version of the sentence in their database. Next time you do this exercise report it and add this: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16967/16967-h/16967-h.htm#letterR
I think the translation is wrong. "La virino laboras rapide" should not translate as "The woman is working quickly" because "estas" is not in the original sentence.
"works" or "does work" or "is working" for "woman" Scroll up for more information.
"laboras" can be used for all the present tense forms.
In Esperanto, what is the difference between "The woman is working quickly." and "The woman works quickly." (but she might not be working right now)?
There is a pretty important difference in meaning there.
I'm not totally sure, but I think that there is no difference, the listener has to figure it out from context, or you have to specify.
Why is the translation in Present Progressive ("is working")? What would' The woman works(!) quickly' be in Esperanto then?