This is it's own philosophy with all of it. Introduce certain parts while warming you up to the words. We still haven't learned 'ser' vs 'estar' yet. I think it's novel. Just focus on learning and less on what you don't know. And you should probably focus on one language at a time too.
But I am glad we have this because I just am. Embedded words. That's how we learn our native language. Nobody teaches chlidren correct grammar but if they hear correct grammar, they learn it through context and repetition. ASSOCiAtiONS make us more automatic with our words. we are just learning that it is also past tense and contexually learning a difference with an easy adverb for a past tense use of it.
ah! Marie. I am glad to read your comments. It is exactly what i say since i started learning foreign languages when i was very young ( i speak 7 of them but not those you see me studying here with the exception of french-italian-portuguese, spanish and german, which i am doing for fun and to see how DUO is teaching them. LEARN LIKE A CHILD IS LEARNING HIS MOTHER TONGUE, BY IMITATION. bzw I am 78 .
I think that it's because Duolingo is ultimately based on teaching us individual words. As Mark2020 explains here, the present and simple past tenses are the same for many verbs in the first-person plural, so when Duolingo needs to give us a past-tense verb (which is pretty much necessary to go with "recientemente"), it thinks that those are available.
you cannot say WE WALK RECENTLY. therefore it is evident that it MUST be WE WALKED. I have it easy because I do speak spanish ( castellano) as my third mother tongue, after french and german ( or rather Swiss german = Alamanisch). Sometimes we have to imagine things. it doesn't matter if we make mistakes. it is only those who don't do anything that don't make mistakes. Let your imagination flow young women and men. The fact that you are learning foreign languages is the proof that you DO have a lot of it. This will keep you for ever young. I will be 79 in a few months.
depende amigo mio. Yo vivo desde mas de 50 anios en America Latina, mas que todo en Ecuador y ahora también Peru. Aquí también se utiliza nosotros y vosotros aunque mas nosotros que vosotros.( no tengo la N con tilde en mi teclado, por eso escribo anio. sino hay una confusion desagradable a veces.No le voy a desear FELIZ ANO, por eso escribo FELIZ ANIO !)
I believe it is more appropriate to use the present perfect because the time of the action is not precise. I would rather say: Hemos caminado recientemente. And not preterito indefinido. Example: Caminamos ayer. This is the preterito indefinido, with a specific time given.
Thank you for this clarification. I couldn't understand why you kept saying 'we walk' should be accepted when "recently" clearly indicates the need for past tense. This sentence helps clarify your meaning (I used to drive, but lately I walk because it is better exercise). Personally, I hadn't thought of this sentence in that context. Just serves as a reminder of how interesting and multi-faceted language can be. Thanks.
Agreed "we walk recently" is not a logical sentence, but I tried it out of interest to test the software and guess what...DL says it's OK! This doesn't help learners at all. And I can't see how I can be 47% fluent according to DL when this is the first time I've been required to use anything other than the present simple.
This website may serve a purpose for learning some vocabulary or doing a bit of revision (how I'm using it) but it isn't really going to teach anyone to be a competent user of the language.
it seems a good start to really own those words and get them laid in with associations...we learn words that way in our native language, not just first starting with present and then past...we learn through hearing it over and over...Dad went to work. Look around. Dad is gone. past tense notions begin to form. Every word contexual...and then someone makes a chart to help folks who learned it a bit differently can come to agreement and be editors and get paid.
It can be a logical sentence in this sense:
"it's not far to drive to work."
"Recently, we walk." Can it be done without the comma? Some editors in context would allow it. It can be "Recently we walk" or "We walk recently." it's an ongoing recent pattern due to being close to work, needing exercise, or the car is broken.
But it seems that it is much fuzzier or wrong without the comma and no context.
I think also you can mean the present continuous situation where the car is broken or you live close to work with others in your location and say, "Recently, we walk." The comma in some contexts would not be needed, perhaps, but alone without context, a comma would be needed in my opinion to show present ongoing behavior that began recently.