"¿Quiénes son tus abogados?"

Translation:Who are your lawyers?

December 30, 2012



Oye. I am afraid to step in here a little, but I think that this time Duo has it right. Given the problems of translating across languages, this fight of solicitor v. lawyer * makes sense. Given the differences in legal systems however, it does not. One needs recognize that Spain and Latin America use the Latin/Germanic legal system rather than the Anglo-Saxon Common Law system. Given the differences in the division of responsibilities between the two it is impossible to claim that an abogado is the Spanish parallel of the English solicitor.

ABOGADO: Se encarga de la representación técnica ante los juzgados. Esto significa que es quien representa al cliente directamente ante el juez y puede presentar informes, alegatos, etc. Disfruta de poder de representación de su cliente y ejerce la defensa o argumentación necesarias en las comparecencias.


One might argue that the title Barrister is a better match, but given my experiences working with abogados here in Peru, I can tell you that an abogado has many of the same tasks and responsibilities as the solicitor. In short, it is apples and oranges. For that reason the better term is that of the general category "lawyer" rather than a specific role within the legal system.

If you are dubious I encourage you to click through on that link. It is the blog of Official Judicial Translators and they are very clear on this issue.

*` I would pay to see that.

April 18, 2015


In your different translations of 'abogados' you give also 'solicitors'. But when I give that as an answer, you say it is NOT CORRECT ?!

December 30, 2012


"Solicitor" is British English. In this case (& others, probably?), I think Duolingo has an American English bias.

February 1, 2013


Does solicitor mean the same as "lawyer" or "attorney" though? The word certainly exists in North American English, but it means something different.

February 1, 2013


In the US, we just have lawyers. However, in much of the world, there are two kinds of lawyers: barristers and solicitors. Very different from the common US meaning for the word "solicitor," which can refer to door-to-door salesmen.

February 17, 2013


In British English, they are the same.

October 5, 2015


There are many types of lawyers. Barristers and solicitors are types of lawyers in the United Kingdom. An attorney (or attorney-at-law) is a professional lawyer who passed the bar exam and is qualified to provide legal representation. A lawyer is any person who is in or has passed law school, and includes all the aforementioned types of lawyers.

In Spanish, I am only aware of one term, which means "lawyer": abogado. I'm not sure if there are any distinct terms for types of lawyers like in the United States or United Kingdom.

June 26, 2015


Three years later (22 June 2016) I got en email from Duo to say "solicitors" is now acepted. Thanks to all who reported it.

June 22, 2016


Duolingo is clearly written by Americans. Keep reporting until they fix it.

July 28, 2014


like when animals meant stupid i typed that and it was wrong

May 14, 2017



March 25, 2018


stop bickering you lot! I have enough problems here as a Brit living in Spain. Latin American Spanish and North American English- Grrrr. Sometimes I'm tearing my hair out!

September 21, 2013


Well, look at it this way. You are learning two languages in your effort of studying just one. A "two fer!" Whoa! That's a pretty good deal. Can't go wrong with that. And if you ever visit the US, or if the US gets around to invading your country, you'll be able to understand what the Yankies are saying.

March 2, 2014


fredfrombelgium, this sort of thing happens on a regular basis in Duolingo. Es mucho frustrado!! Sometimes the very first suggested definition is not accepted.

December 31, 2012


Nelson and Murdock. Avocados at law.

June 26, 2015


Why is "advocates" not an acceptable answer?

May 6, 2013


They are Brendon Urie and Patrick Stump.

October 16, 2017


I have found that the dictionary of the singular form of a word often does not match the dictionary of the plural form of a word. Definitions in one are often missing in the other. "Abogado(s)" and "funcionario(s)" are two such words. This leads to the problem fredfrombelgium encountered. I have seen dictionaries revised if you report the problem as "Dictionary ....... /lacking." (Sorry I cannot remember exact wording.)

January 12, 2013


Fed up of this US English Bias. So many times I put the right thing only for it to come up wrong. In this case "Who are your solicitors?" is perfectly genuine!

October 12, 2013


Well, the "US English Bias" is based on the idea that many of the students are prepping themselves to escape to Central or South America before the hammer falls and not Spain.

February 28, 2014


I'm not saying that lawyer shouldn't be accepted, I'm saying both lawyer and solicitor should be accepted. They need to cater for the entire English speaking world (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) and not just for the US.

June 9, 2014


I don't think so...but it may have something to do with Luis von Ahn, the founder of Duolingo, being employed at a United States university. (And he's from Argentina, which is why the Spanish sometmes has South American quirks)

April 4, 2014


can't this also mean "which lawyers are yours?"

November 8, 2013


I think that would be "Cuales son tus abogagos?"

November 9, 2013



November 9, 2013


Mmm that would be more of "¿Cuales abogados son tuyos?"

April 28, 2014


Oh Great! Now it's not even accepting my report!!!

June 7, 2014


Your own system confirms that solicitors is correct and once again I am made to start from the beginning. Please solve these mistakes thank you. Norman.

August 3, 2014


To annoying, know-it-all EugeneTiffany: Isn't lawyer/lawyers abogado/abogados in spanish?? Wondering why you keep using abrigado/abrigados?

October 12, 2014


I have correctly stated SOLICITORS and been given WRONG.

November 29, 2014


Duo is located in Pittsburg so I'm not surprised if they are a little biased. If you are British and you made Duolingo you would probably have some British English bias. If you didn't know solicitors in American English is door to door salesman.

May 30, 2017


lol it didn't give me this at the begging so i scrolled over it and cheated!

March 4, 2015


I previously have typed advocates for abogados ...duo had no problem with that. Then now i am wrong? What is the difference between attorneys and advocates?? Please mend the owl :(

March 6, 2015


Please fix the owl :(. What is the difference btn attorneys and advocates(which I have used before and got right as a translation for abogados)??

March 6, 2015


i put in "who are your lawyerz" by mistake GRRRRR DUOLINGO!

April 12, 2015


I need to make sure I can sue you without losing.

July 29, 2015


why not "de quien" here?

February 3, 2016


Im telling you im not the one whi robbed that bank

January 8, 2017


my mom is my lawyer :P

February 8, 2017


I dont get why some one will ask that question , Respect people's bissness

March 2, 2017


OK, along with solicitor, why not accept attorney?

March 4, 2017


hola , here is one thing I don't get. why is this correct.

March 7, 2017


why does when you use a plural most of the other words turn plural

May 14, 2017


So Quien is plural is the noun is plural?

October 4, 2017


Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe

December 28, 2017


Did anyone else think "Who are your coats?"

April 5, 2018


I dont have lawyers...

April 8, 2018


I used 'whom' rather than 'who' . Any thoughts on the correctness of this usage? I'm English.

May 26, 2018
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