Vocé accepted for Você
I just realized (or rather my Brazilian wife pointed out to me) that I'd been incorrectly typing vocé rather than the correct spelling and accent você. The incorrect accent (vocé) appears to be accepted as 100% correct, but should probably not be.
Yup, I asked a brazilian friend about the accents aswell because there doesn't seem to be much distinguishing between them in duolingo. I think they need to do the same as in German. It is pointed out as a spelling error but still given as correct.
You're right. Confusing, because it's actually taught in Duolingo as an acute, not as a circumflex. Duolingo should fix that. Big problem.
That is interesting. It usually tells me to notice I got the accent wrong on words, for instance I typed aguá instead of água. It still counted it as correct, but told me to check my accents. I haven't typed você with a different accent, but I would have thought that the program would have alerted you to an accent misstep.
True! That is exactly what it does, it just doesn't take a heart away, but like you said it tell's you your putting the wrong accent.
Hi ryanwsmith! I've noticed that Duolingo seems to accept any accent you put on the letter. It can detect whether you put an accent on, and it can detect if you forget to put an accent on the letter, but I don't think it can detect which accent you used. It also doesn't detect punctuation. If I'm right, if you're supposed to write "Você come, e ela não bebe" you could get away with "Vocë come e ela nào bebe!" (and get 100% correct). I think.
So please pay attention to the "correct answer" if you used an accent, to make sure you used the right one. Even if you got the answer right. =)
It's not that it accepts it as correct, it just doesn't take a heart away from you, but it mentions that you spelled it wrong and to keep in mind the correct accent.
No, ç is never used before an e. Or an i. Here is a quick course:
A lot of us learn to memorize this little sequence (written phonetically for you):
KÁ - SSÉ - SSÍ - KÓ - KÚ
This is essential to understand "ç", so look at it again and say it out loud-- you'll understand this much better if you do! What the thing you hopefully just read out loud and kind of memorized does, is it shows you the natural state of the "c" sound. Here are words to show that:
Café -- Cerveja -- Cidade -- Cobra -- Cubo
As you might have noticed, without modifications,
c+i have an SS sound, and the other ones have a K sound. So, In order to make the ones that have the K sound have an SS sound, we put a little sssnake at the bottom of the c. Because ce and ci already have the SS sound, you never use ç before an i or an e.... Never. Ever.
SO, an all-SS-sound row would look like this: ÇÁ -- CÉ -- CÍ -- ÇO -- ÇU
Examples: Cabeça -- Acerola -- Macio -- Braço -- Cupuaçu
Cabeça without the second ç (cabeca) would be pronounced "kabayka". There is a similar rule for the use of G, and whether you should add the U after it or not. ( GÁ - XJE - XJI - GÓ - GÚ ), but that is too much for one post. =)
Important: K only exists in names and foreign words, but not in the official alphabet.
Important: A word will NEVER begin with ç. If it sounds like Çapato, it starts with an S.
I made the snake thing up, although I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me that when I was learning to write. I hope this helps! =)
Thank you so much! Im learning on my own and it really helps to have people like you point things out like this that I may never have understood
Yeah, I got confused for a really long time about the incorrect "e" accent thinking it is the correct version. Let's try more accents!
When I left off the accent, the system did complain. Is this fixed now, or is it a one-way error?
I believe this happens because not everyone will have a keyboard with those characters (i.e. ç ^ ~ and so forth).
Everyone can type those characters.
Firstly, because Duo has little buttons you can click with the required characters.
And secondly, because it is trivial to change your keyboard layout to US International.
''vocé'' is wrong, (é) sounds like the vowels in ''cAt'', ''fAt'',''bEd'' and ''rEd'', also and portuguese words like ''fé'', ''pé'', ''mulhEr'', ''mEl'', ''anEl''...
''você'' is the correct way, (ê) sounds like the vowels in ''the'', ''make(mêik)'', table(têibl), ''cEntral'', also portuguese words like ''ser'', ''ter'', ''lê'', cabElo, bêbê...
sorry my english, I am still learning.
I don't quite follow... cAt ≠ bEd and mAke ≠ cEntral
To my (Dutch) ears:
cAt = a~æ
bEd = ɛ
mAke = eɪ
cEntral = ɛ