"- Де ви? - Я у кафе."

Translation:- Where are you? - I am at the cafe.

May 30, 2015

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/.Alasaurus.

Could someone explain the dashes? are they merely grammatical or do they serve some other purpose?

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc

They try to show a short dialogue. In Russian and Ukranian it is quite common to punctuate a dialogue with dashes, starting each cue from a new like. About as follows:

— Hello!

— Hello! How could I help you?

— Um, I need a replacement for my broken arm...

— Say no more! We sell the best artificial limbs and even electonic brains. Come over here, I'll show you.

An English text would use quotation marks instead, I believe. It is also possible with Cyrillics, but not the most common way to do it in books.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/.Alasaurus.

I love your story! Thank you. I guess dashes would be more common considering I can't even use an apostrophe on the Ukrainian Keyboard

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc

Mine has it on the button to the left-up from the Q (right about the Tab key). You sure you know the layout and set up the correct one? Or is it that your keyboard is more compact and uses fewer keys?

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/.Alasaurus.

No mine doesn't have that, or at least the on-screen keyboard, which has a different layout than my actual keyboard. Honestly it feels easier to get a Cyrillic keyboard :D That would be nice to have

I guess it would be worth mentioning that I live in Canada, so we may have different keyboard layouts which change things

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken

On the Ukrainian keyboard setup I have for Windows 8, the apostrophe is on the key to the left of the number 1 key. You could try that and see if it works. :)

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Oceanum

I'd really like to know too

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wtrslide

Is there a case change on кафе here? I know that would happen in Russian but I'm not sure how it works in Ukrainian

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc

«кафе» is an indeclinable word both in Russian an Ukrranian.

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Painslave

I presume it's because it's a foreign word.

July 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sophiemorin4

i would say the coffee shop.

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Klacsanzky

What about кав'ярня?

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