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by John238922
Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Sentence discussions
Topic: Me encanta mirar fotos del mundo marino. (en → es)
Replies: 3
Views: 55
Australia

Re: Me encanta mirar fotos del mundo marino. (en → es)

@dochawk What do you suggest would be better?

by John238922
Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:46 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Word-for-word or free translation?
Replies: 5
Views: 144
Australia

Re: Word-for-word or free translation?

@pj1506 thanks.

So

Silakan please

Dinikmati enjoyed
[Nikmati enjoy]

Kuenya cake

So the literal translation doesn't directly connote taking or helping yourself, but how can you enjoy the cake if you don't take it?

by John238922
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:56 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Word-for-word or free translation?
Replies: 5
Views: 144
Australia

Re: Word-for-word or free translation?

I have no problem with free translations where these fit the common usage of native speakers, but I have a very strong view that Duolingo should also provide literal, word for word translations where this is grammatically correct and idiomatically accurate. Duolingo should have an internal process t...
by John238922
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:09 am
Forum: How-to Guides
Topic: Streak freeze... use any day?
Replies: 16
Views: 552
Australia

Re: Streak freeze... use any day?

When I changed over to you path, my streak freeze credit jumped from the usual maximum of 2 to 5. I've since used 1.

by John238922
Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:05 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: English words used incorrectly in your native language
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Australia

Re: English words used incorrectly in your native language

sandygaletoo wrote: Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:58 am

'Streetworker' is one that my first thought was a construction worker working on roads, pipes, communication lines.

Roadworker fits there

Corinnebelle wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 12:21 am

A streetworker sounds like someone that sweeps the streets.

And streetsweeper, a person or machine

by John238922
Tue Nov 22, 2022 11:01 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: English words used incorrectly in your native language
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Australia

Re: English words used incorrectly in your native language

here are some common English meanings Here are some examples from German: Beamer - projector BMW car Body bag - a small bag worn close to the body, smaller than a backpack large bag to contain dead bodies Castingshow - talent show not recognisable Fitnessstudio - gym recognisable Handy - cell phone...
by John238922
Wed Nov 02, 2022 7:56 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: in search of some advice of using articles
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Australia

Re: in search of some advice of using articles

Does this help?

I have a broken laptop [that I want to speak to you about].

I have the broken laptop [that I have spoken to you about].

by John238922
Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Culture & Society
Topic: Bolivian culture and society: a brief introduction
Replies: 4
Views: 72
Australia

Re: Bolivian culture and society: a brief introduction

Thanks Stasia . Regrettably I've never been to the inland countries of South America. While holidaying in Peru, Chile, and Argentina, I noticed that hotel staff were mostly bright young people, not apparently different from everybody else, but In Rio, I noticed that the hotel staff, porters, doormen...
by John238922
Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Sentence discussions
Topic: Esto no es todo, Rodríguez. En unas horas recibirá más documentos. (en → es)
Replies: 6
Views: 102
Australia

Re: Esto no es todo, Rodríguez. En unas horas recibirá más documentos. (en → es)

Oh,, @John238922: thanks, I didn't really realise it is a surname. So, how common is it to use the last name without being preceeded by señor(a)? Very common. In college some professors used to call us only by our last name. Rodríguez, suba a hacer su presentación. I thought it was a rather unpleas...
by John238922
Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Things one may have thought were universal...
Replies: 62
Views: 2228
Australia

Re: Things one may have thought were universal...

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning tea, afternoon tea, supper, brunch, it's quite a maze, moving around over time and differing on social class. As a child, we had breakfast, lunch and tea. If friends were specially invited for the evening meal, it became dinner. But we would go to our grandparents f...
by John238922
Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Sentence discussions
Topic: El Sr. Bigotes no es un gato común, él es gracioso y especial. (en → es)
Replies: 7
Views: 129
Australia

Re: El Sr. Bigotes no es un gato común, él es gracioso y especial. (en → es)

Sorry, I disagree with you. Yes there are loads of synonyms and some are not direct substitutes for each other. However, in the two examples that I gave, if you use ordinary instead of common, then there is absolutely no difference in the meaning. In the example given “ not a common cat “ would mea...
by John238922
Sun Oct 23, 2022 10:20 am
Forum: Sentence discussions
Topic: I always said that I was going to be a successful composer. (en → es)
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Australia

Re: I always said that I was going to be a successful composer. (en → es)

I would have thought that 'always ' or 'siempre ' always <g> triggers the imperfect.

Is it that a thought can only occur to you once, instantaneously?

by John238922
Sat Oct 15, 2022 9:44 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: How to see current day's xp in Android app?
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Australia

Re: How to see current day's xp in Android app?

Not on the Android app.

by John238922
Mon Oct 03, 2022 2:12 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Listening Resources
Replies: 1
Views: 76
Australia

Listening Resources

I came across this in YouTube

My listening skills are pretty weak, but while the speed is quite fast the diction seems very clear and easy to follow.

The vocab seems about medium.

by John238922
Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:35 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Interpretation of an English sentence (song lyrics)
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Australia

Re: Interpretation of an English sentence (song lyrics)

' we raised a glass to JFK and a dozen more beside' and the next line of the song says he got back to his room and couldn't remember ... . 'raise a glass' means to drink a toast. I think 'a dozen more beside' means 'and [ I drank] a dozen more [glasses of drink] besides', so became drunk, then could...
by John238922
Fri Aug 26, 2022 12:13 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How to progress in leagues
Replies: 48
Views: 1698
Australia

Re: How to progress in leagues

Inflation really setting in now. 2200 sitting at 12th in a Monday morning Obsidian League. It'll require more than 1500 to avoid relegation. So averaging about 2100 per week and sitting between 10 and 18th in Obsidian. Overall inflation seems to have backed off a little since cracked skills came do...
by John238922
Thu Aug 25, 2022 12:17 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Book translations
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Australia

Re: Book translations

John Little Thanks for opening this thread about Stasia ' s post. I was feeling guilty about thread drift in the Jumble thread. Stasia's post in the Quick Brown Fox thread about book translations reminded me that I have read a few translated books and have wondered the same thing. How much of the t...
by John238922
Wed Aug 24, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Translator Jumble
Replies: 354
Views: 9002
Australia

Re: Translator Jumble

But its not the same saying. It's figurative language. The two sayings have roughly the same meaning, but could have different nuances. That is the eternal problem of translators, and there is really no good answer to this. I remember reading, in Polish, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - great b...
by John238922
Mon Aug 22, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Translator Jumble
Replies: 354
Views: 9002
Australia

Re: Translator Jumble

How did a bear become a chicken? Or did people just go with the idiom in their language? I am guilty of making the bear a chicken (I have to remember that spell in case a bear should attack me ;)). I tried to explain my reasons here: .https://forum.duome.eu/viewtopic.php?p=23582-translator-jumble#p...
by John238922
Sat Aug 20, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Culture & Society
Topic: Más perdido que
Replies: 6
Views: 124
Australia

Re: Más perdido que

What's the better translation of 'máquina de afeitar'

Razor

Electric razor

Hair clippers

Beard trimmer?

by John238922
Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:29 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Translator Jumble
Replies: 354
Views: 9002
Australia

Re: Translator Jumble

[...] Don't count the chickens before they have hatched. Sadly nobody proposed Its not over until the fat lady sings. There aren't any beisball fans in here :D I am ! I love baseball ⚾️:) Ok Meli, what field of endeavour does the saying about the fat lady refer to? Did you get the connection to bas...
by John238922
Tue Aug 16, 2022 3:03 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Translator Jumble
Replies: 354
Views: 9002
Australia

Re: Translator Jumble

Translator Jumble game. Thirds round. Results. After each username is the sentence she/he received. Stasia - One should not sell the bear skin before killing him. MustafaOuz526752 - Il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué. Cifi - Don't sell the skin till you have caught the bea...
by John238922
Fri Aug 12, 2022 1:31 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: XP for practice on the "legendary" level
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Australia

Re: XP for practice on the "legendary" level

The android app currently seems to count as follows 15 for a lesson without errors 25 for upleveling (i.e. the extra lesson with "hardest" exercises that is not in the browser) without errors 15 for practising a normal (not broken) golden skill without errors 20 for "regular practice...
by John238922
Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How to progress in leagues
Replies: 48
Views: 1698
Australia

Re: How to progress in leagues

"I simply don't understand people who just amass points for the sake of amassing points, rather than spend the same time doing something productive, such as learning something new." ;) Are you really saying you don't understand the concepts of obsessive personality traits and misplaced se...
by John238922
Fri Jul 29, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How to progress in leagues
Replies: 48
Views: 1698
Australia

Re: How to progress in leagues

... somehow stuck with insane overachievers, #1 already has more than 18 thousand XP. I looked him up on Duome, he's half way his tree and instead of learning new stuff, he's wasting his time doing the timed challenges. #2 has 14,000 XP (this is a league that opened yesterday!), she has even less o...
by John238922
Tue Jul 26, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: Requests
Topic: Giving lingots to other users
Replies: 31
Views: 849
Australia

Re: Giving lingots to other users

Block chain.

Duome lingots, the new crypto currency.

by John238922
Sun Jul 24, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How to progress in leagues
Replies: 48
Views: 1698
Australia

Re: How to progress in leagues

Inflation really setting in now.

2200 sitting at 12th in a Monday morning Obsidian League.

It'll require more than 1500 to avoid relegation.

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