"Kelkfoje ni manĝas ĉokoladan kukon, sed ne tro ofte!"

Translation:Once in a while we eat chocolate cake, but not too often!

July 7, 2015

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/hellomidnight

What does Duo have against cake? There are way too many sentences about not eating too much cake. Which is silly, because you can never eat too much cake.

July 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophe114357

Mi memoras ke regxino iam diris, "Lasu ilin mangXi kukon." Mi sxatas tiun rakonton, kaj mi faras... MangXi kukon, mi volas diri.

September 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kbalara

Lasu is wrong here. It is not English.

You must say: Se ili ne havas panon, ili mangxu kukojn

May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophe114357

It's true that I speak English natively, but took a few years of French in school. I also frequently use Google Translate to "Double Check" things before posting them here. Translating "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche." into Esperanto, provides "Lasu ilin mangi kuko." as a response.

Check for yourself. https://translate.google.com/#auto/eo/Qu%27ils%20mangent%20de%20la%20brioche.

I have seen Translate do strange things, and fully understand that it isn't always correct, but it usually gives a decent idea of what should be said.

I've read the definition at vortaro, and understand that "Lasi" probably isn't the correct word. I'm still not sure that the volitive conveys exactly what I tried to say. I am "komencanto" however, and have never seen the volitive used with "ili" outside of situations that other languages would call subjunctive.

ekzemple, "Li petas, ke ili alportu la mangxajxon."

Regardless, it was an attempt at humor. Ha-ha, not funny, let's move on.

May 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

For my part, I thought your comment was fine. The discussion (IMHO) was also fine - and helps clarify the fine points.

May 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

ĉu vi certas?

  • oni lasu ilin trankvile vivi.
  • ne lasu ilin morti de mizero.
  • Se ili volas ion, lasu ilin fari.
May 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GeraldLund

Owls are carnivores so they can never really appreciate chocolate. It's just sad, isn't it?

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NovemberQuinn

memory aid to french learners:

quelquefois -> Kelkfoje

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ungewitig_Wiht

Pronounced, for all the non-French-learners, as "Kellk-fwah", imported by Zamenhof half phonetically and half spelling based.

November 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

Ĉu Kukfoje?.

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

Nu, mi pensis, ke ĝi estis humora. :(

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Xandaros

Kelkfoje... Jes, kelkfoje...

December 7, 2015

[deactivated user]

    If "kelkfoje" means "sometimes", how can it mean "once in a while" too? The English "sometimes" gives no indication of how often, whereas "once in a while" implies that it's not very often, but that would make the last 4 words of the sentence redundant. "Once in a while" would surely be "de tempo al tempo" or "tempaltempe".

    March 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

    Kelka is an indefinite non-numeral adjective. Some, a little; several, a few, (a) certain (number of), sundrey. Post kelka tempo = "after some/a little time" kun kelka hezito = "with a short/little pause", kelkaj vortoj = "a few/several words" kelkaj el ni = "a few/some of us" ktp.

    If you try to think of it as having a corresponding, 1 on 1, English equivalent then you get questions very like yours. I remember asking stuff like this too.

    And, having just had chocolate cake last night, I will agree that it occurs kelkfoje but never tro ofte. When I get tired of chocolate cake, then it will be too often. So I don't see a redundancy, but an effort to make us smile in agreement and understanding.

    March 26, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Cavman144

    why is "very often" wrong?

    April 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

    I just heard back from one of the course authors/admins. The sentence is going to be changed to "Kelkfoje ni manĝas ĉokoladan kukon, sed ne tre ofte!" to avoid this confusion.

    • Ne tre ofte = not very often.
    • Ne tro ofte = not to excess (not so often as to be too much).
    April 27, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

    Ĉu ĉi tiu diskuto restos?

    April 27, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

    Mi supozas ke jes, sed verdire mi ne scias kiel tio funkcias.

    April 28, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Cavman144

    good!

    April 28, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

    Did you report it?

    April 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Cavman144

    nope.

    April 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

    Because tro, in this type of application can mean very, (at least if that definition of too is to be believed) and Duo needs someone to tell the database if there's an error.

    April 26, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      Because that would be "tre ofte" in Esperanto. In English, "Sometimes we eat chocolate cake, but not too often!" has a slightly different meaning to "Sometimes we eat chocolate cake, but not very often!" The second means, "We rarely eat chocolate cake." The first means, "We eat chocolate cake sometimes, but not sufficiently often to be too much" (whether for health reasons or anything else).

      April 26, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

      That's a bit convoluted.

      I will mildly, and peaceably disagree with parts of your conclusion. The English word too means either "also" or "very" and since the "also" meaning of the word does not fit with this sentence (but not also often? ) then "very" should be the definition which is applicable. This also suggests that one may swap out the two words (too and very) and only change the nuances, not the meanings.

      And yes, you did a wonderful job of highlighting exactly those nuances, too.

      I'd check my PIV, but right now it's at the bottom of a stack of books waiting for me to finish emptying and replacing a bookshelf

      April 26, 2016

      [deactivated user]

        Likewise Fred, I still "mildly, and peaceably disagree". The English word "too" does not really mean "very". For instance, we surely wouldn't say, "I was very tall for the doorway," to mean, "My tallness prevented me from entering/exiting through the doorway."

        April 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

        Yeah, that would be more of an overly/very nuance. It seems that the word has too many nuances to really be too certain about how to best define it.

        April 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/Revilo_N

        Am I the only one who has problems with hearing the difference between ni and mi? It annoys me a bit that these two words are sounding so similar. Since the verb is the same, one has to hear the difference of this letter in order to understand the meaning. Has anyone else noticed this difficulty in Esperanto? The lack of redundancy in Esperanto comes with the drawback, that one must listen very well and pronounce very clearly to avoid misunderstandings. This time I listened to the sentence several time and in the end I "disimproved" my translation from we to me.

        December 8, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/FredCapp

        No, you aren't. Fine tuning one's ears to hear that difference can sometimes take a while. Both M and N are nasals, and both sound very similar.

        In Norwegian, the other language which I'm studying here, there are something like 13 different ways to write what English speakers typically perceive as an Ŝ sound. But Norwegians can hear the difference between the Ŝ sound at the beginning of Skitt and Kjøtt, and with practice I'm starting to figure it out, too.

        Good luck and keep at it.

        December 8, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/AzzerBoi

        Why not?

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