Alternative title: Duolingo, u k hun?
I’ve been using Duolingo as one of my language learning tools since I began learning German. I love it. It’s my favourite language app to use, not least because it is FREE!
I would normally use it for about 5-10 minutes per day on top of my 1.5 hour daily German school lesson and my daily speaking, listening and writing practice at work. However, my language school is currently closed and my office block is a ghost town. Still keen to get my learning in, I’ve been using Duolingo a lot more than usual and have begun to notice how…interesting some of the sentences are!
Honestly, the further you progress in the course, the weirder the sentences get.
Here are 10 of my favourites so far:
Der Koch bringt das Pferd
English: The cook brings the horse
Concerning. Has the cook brought the horse to work? Is the horse about to be cooked? It’s the horse meat scandal all over again!
Ich gebe einer Professorin eine Katze
English: I give the professor a cat
Sure. Why would you not give your professor a cat as a thank you gift? They work hard.
Du hast eine gute Zitrone
English: You have a good lemon
All I’ve ever wanted in life is for somebody to compliment me on my lemon.
Die Körper sind klein
English: The bodies are small
Slightly disturbing. What has Duo been up to in their free time?
Du gehörst mir
English: You belong to me
No, Duolingo, it’s 2020. You can’t own people anymore.
Die Katze gibt einer Frau einen Rock
English: The cat gives a skirt to a woman
What a kind cat.
Kinder, warum blutet ihr?
English: Children, why are you bleeding?
I think Duolingo might be related to Pennywise.
Wir ersetzen die Orange durch eine Kartoffel
English: We replace the orange with a potato
An obvious ingredient swap for any recipe.
Mein Großvater hat einundzwanzig Kartoffeln
English: My grandfather has 21 potatoes
And he is very proud of them, thank you very much. What an inheritance.
Er hat eine größere Ente als ich
English: He has a bigger duck than me
I don’t think they’re talking about ducks…
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