Fun with DuoLingo

www.duolingo.com (appen) är min nya lilla hobby.
The Duolingo owl (Photo credit: Emanuel Hallklint)

A while ago, I read another blogger’s review of a free-language learning website called Duolingo (I believe that blogger was Sherbet and Sparkles). I was on the look out for a new resource for learning Spanish, so I decided to check it out. I signed myself up for Spanish and, after a bit of thought, decided to use it for German as well – my German is good, but by no means perfect and I thought a few grammar lessons would do me some good.

In Spanish, I’m still at a fairly low level, so the software still has me working on basic sentences like “Él escribe libros” (He writes books). But as I progressed through the levels in German, I started to notice some fantastic, amusing, or just plain weird sentences cropping up. Naturally, my immediate reaction was to start collecting them, and now I have enough for a whole blog post. So here – in no particular order (because arranging them would involve effort) – are my top ten favourite sentences that Duolingo has made me translate.

  1. Sie schläft in seinem Bett – She sleeps in his bed. (Ooooh, the intrigue.)
  2. Sie ersetzt das Baby durch einen schwarzen Hund – She replaces the baby with a black dog. (She… what?!)
  3. Natürlich bin ich besser als du – Of course I am better than you. (And soooo modest as well!)
  4. Meine Frau ist nicht schön, aber sie ist reich – My wife is not pretty, but she is rich. (Oh well, that’s ok then…)
  5. Der Grossvater isst den Vogel – The grandfather eats the bird (I am picturing him biting the head off a live bird! :-/)
  6. Wir schwimmen, falls es Regen gibt – We will swim if it rains (How much rain are you expecting?)
  7. Er isst Menschen – He eats people. (Wow… thanks for the warning Duolingo!)
  8. Weiß man je, wohin man geht? – Does one ever know where one is going? (Oooh, very philosophical!)
  9. Ich will nicht gegen dich aussagen – I don’t want to testify against you. (Well, I’m glad to hear that!)
  10. Wo sind die Hosen des Jungen? – Where are the boy’s trousers? (That’s a very good question…)

One thing’s for sure, sentences like these will stick in your mind forever! Although I sincerely hope I never need to use the phrase “I don’t want to testify against you” in German…

The incorrect multiple choice answers can be pretty amusing too...
The incorrect multiple choice answers can be pretty amusing too…

13 thoughts on “Fun with DuoLingo

    1. I kept forgetting to use it for months then going on once… after I got the idea for theis blog post, I went on more regularly to look for the amusing sentences, but I suspect I may slack off now. Maybe I should start collecting for a part 2?

  1. A) I´ve started using Memrise, it really helps for me, with remembering words…so for die Erde (Earth) – it gave me the suggestion as a memory tool “you would die without air(er) DUH (de)” Get it? Kinda stupid, but so stupid that I remember that kind of stuff. As a vocabulary builder I recommend it.
    B) I also subscribe to German sentence a day. Just for the amusement of it. It´s supposed to be beginner level, and gives me all kinds of oh so helpful in day to day life sentences like yesterday´s “Er hat Angst davor, seinen Eltern zu sagen, dass er schwul ist.

    He is too afraid to tell his parents that he is gay.” 🙂

  2. Hello bevchen, this is very funny indeed. I’m also a German learner and I’m gathering weird sentences like those also. Could you share with us your full collection of Duolingo weird comic sentences?

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