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archiewilkie

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Hi Andy. I am still stuck with the flashcards. I keep going back to Level 4, session 18, Linear. It is a nuisance now that I am in Level 5 and want Super random. You wrote that your techs were working on it. Have they come up with a solution yet?

Hi Andy. I am still stuck with the flashcards. I keep going back to Level 4, session 18, Linear. It is a nuisance now that I am in Level 5 and want Super random. You wrote that your techs were working on it. Have they come up with a solution yet?

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andy@fluenz
Hi Archie, The release date for the fix is December 3rd. Keep in mind that you can still select Level 5 in the meantime, it just defaults automatically to the Level 4. Give that a try and let me know if that doesn't work for you.

Hi Archie, The release date for the fix is December 3rd. Keep in mind that you can still select Level 5 in the meantime, it just defaults automatically to the Level 4. Give that a try and let me know if that doesn't work for you.

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Hi Andy: I just came across your recommendation for "Extra" for Spanish. Do you know of a similar site for French? Cheers.Archie

Hi Andy: I just came across your recommendation for "Extra" for Spanish. Do you know of a similar site for French? Cheers.Archie

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andy@fluenz
The same show exists in French too! You can search Extra French on Youtube and you'll find it there. Hope this helps!

The same show exists in French too! You can search Extra French on Youtube and you'll find it there. Hope this helps!

archiewilkie
Thanks, Andy

Thanks, Andy

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Using flashcards, I am stuck. When I finish a level and try to go to the next level, I keep going back to a previous level 4, session 18. Gong to "home" does not get me unstuck. It did not matter so much when I was in level 4, but now that I am in level 5 it is a bit of a nuisance. How can I free the programme? Thanks. Archie.

Using flashcards, I am stuck. When I finish a level and try to go to the next level, I keep going back to a previous level 4, session 18. Gong to "home" does not get me unstuck. It did not matter so much when I was in level 4, but now that I am in level 5 it is a bit of a nuisance. How can I free the programme? Thanks. Archie.

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Pat F.
I use Google on both my work and home computers and I have the same issue on both of them.

I use Google on both my work and home computers and I have the same issue on both of them.

andy@fluenz
I'm working with our engineers now to resolve the issue. I'll post as soon as this has been resolved.

I'm working with our engineers now to resolve the issue. I'll post as soon as this has been resolved.

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I am having a bit of a problem with reflexive verbs. For example: Why is going to bed (se coucher) reflexive whereas going to sleep (dormir) is not?

I am having a bit of a problem with reflexive verbs. For example: Why is going to bed (se coucher) reflexive whereas going to sleep (dormir) is not?

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archiewilkie
I don't want to nit-pick, but I do find it confusing. What about: Il est fatigue as distinct from Il s’est repose? And, the flash cards (French 4) use dormer, not s'endormir,

I don't want to nit-pick, but I do find it confusing. What about: Il est fatigue as distinct from Il s’est repose? And, the flash cards (French 4) use dormer, not s'endormir,

Emilie Poyet
I understand your confusion archiewilkie, the truth is that there's no definite rule as to why a verb is reflexive and another one isn't from the point of view of English, so I think in this case it's a matter of learning exactly what each verb means, here's a little list that I hope might help you retain them: - Se coucher = To go to bed OR To lie down (Elle se couche = She's going to bed OR She's lying down) - S'endormir = To fall asleep (Elle s'endort = She's falling asleep) - Dormir = To sleep (Elle dort = She's sleeping)

I understand your confusion archiewilkie, the truth is that there's no definite rule as to why a verb is reflexive and another one isn't from the point of view of English, so I think in this case it's a matter of learning exactly what each verb means, here's a little list that I hope might help you retain them:
- Se coucher = To go to bed OR To lie down (Elle se couche = She's going to bed OR She's lying down)
- S'endormir = To fall asleep (Elle s'endort = She's falling asleep)
- Dormir = To sleep (Elle dort = She's sleeping)

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I keep having problems with Es and Esta. In the flashcards for Spanish level 3, session 26: the statement is "our apartment is on the fifth floor", and the translation is "Nuestro apartamento ES en il quinto piso". But if I remember correctly, for the statement "the bathroom is next to the elevator", the transition is "el bano ESTA al lado del elevador". What gives?

I keep having problems with Es and Esta.

In the flashcards for Spanish level 3, session 26: the statement is "our apartment is on the fifth floor", and the translation is "Nuestro apartamento ES en il quinto piso". But if I remember correctly, for the statement "the bathroom is next to the elevator", the transition is "el bano ESTA al lado del elevador".

What gives?

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Apolonia D.
Hi Archiewilkie, in general we use "estar" for location, as in "El baño está al lado del elevador". However, we sometimes use "ser" to refer to location because we want to identify a place (building, room, street...) that interests us not for where it is, but for some other reason. So you could use both verbs in that phrase: "Nuestro apartamento es en el quinto piso" or "Nuestro apartamento está en el quinto piso", the program should accept both options. Since the use of "ser" in this context is quite natural, we used it in some sentences in the program because you will probably hear it in real life (for example, in a taxi you could be asked "¿Es aquí?" referring to a street or a building). That said, this is a bit of a grey area, so I'd recommend using "estar" if you're not sure, because you will never be wrong. Hope this helps!

Hi Archiewilkie, in general we use "estar" for location, as in "El baño está al lado del elevador". However, we sometimes use "ser" to refer to location because we want to identify a place (building, room, street...) that interests us not for where it is, but for some other reason. So you could use both verbs in that phrase: "Nuestro apartamento es en el quinto piso" or "Nuestro apartamento está en el quinto piso", the program should accept both options.
Since the use of "ser" in this context is quite natural, we used it in some sentences in the program because you will probably hear it in real life (for example, in a taxi you could be asked "¿Es aquí?" referring to a street or a building). That said, this is a bit of a grey area, so I'd recommend using "estar" if you're not sure, because you will never be wrong. Hope this helps!

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Is there any way to set the flash card programme so that I can log in at the level and lesson I have just used? I keep logging in at a previous level. It is not a major problem, but it is bit of a nuisance.

Is there any way to set the flash card programme so that I can log in at the level and lesson I have just used? I keep logging in at a previous level. It is not a major problem, but it is bit of a nuisance.

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I have just returned to Fluenz after an unfortunately long break. I started my review with the flashcards. Have you figured our a way to mark the phrases that were incorrecty translated so that they could be worked on without having to go through the many more phrases that do not cause probems? If I remember correctly, this is possible writing the translations, but I am reviewing orally because it is much faster.

I have just returned to Fluenz after an unfortunately long break. I started my review with the flashcards. Have you figured our a way to mark the phrases that were incorrecty translated so that they could be worked on without having to go through the many more phrases that do not cause probems? If I remember correctly, this is possible writing the translations, but I am reviewing orally because it is much faster.

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andy@fluenz
@archiewilkie - there isn't a grading system for the oral answers. I hope this helps clear things up. Cheers, Andy

@archiewilkie - there isn't a grading system for the oral answers. I hope this helps clear things up. Cheers, Andy

Hctr Jmnz
I'm sorry, but I think you will have to use the entire course again, from where you choose. Remember that learning a language takes time, and involves learning to write (spelling) as well.

I'm sorry, but I think you will have to use the entire course again, from where you choose. Remember that learning a language takes time, and involves learning to write (spelling) as well.

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Would somebody plase explain the difference between "unos" and "algunos"? This is probably a very basic question, but to my untutored eye they appear to be much the same. Thanks.

Would somebody plase explain the difference between "unos" and "algunos"? This is probably a very basic question, but to my untutored eye they appear to be much the same. Thanks.

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James Putney
Hi; as far as I can recall, Fluenz teaches that they are interchangeable. However, I googled the question, and apparently there are some subtle differences. See http://spanish.about.com/od/translationsfromenglish/a/algunos-unos.htm.

Hi; as far as I can recall, Fluenz teaches that they are interchangeable. However, I googled the question, and apparently there are some subtle differences. See http://spanish.about.com/od/translationsfromenglish/a/algunos-unos.htm.

archiewilkie
Many thanks.

Many thanks.

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I am in Mexico speaking Spanish at 20% the rate of natives. My goodness they speak quickly. I am using my iPad and Oldschool flashcards. But when I click on the phrase or sentence, I do not get any sound. The swiping works to get to the next phrase, but that it is all I can do. Please help. Thanks.

I am in Mexico speaking Spanish at 20% the rate of natives. My goodness they speak quickly.

I am using my iPad and Oldschool flashcards. But when I click on the phrase or sentence, I do not get any sound. The swiping works to get to the next phrase, but that it is all I can do. Please help. Thanks.

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archiewilkie
Oh dear. I wrote too soon. I did not wait long enough. For some reason there was a delay between getting the translation visually and vocally. I hope I did not put anyone off.

Oh dear. I wrote too soon. I did not wait long enough. For some reason there was a delay between getting the translation visually and vocally. I hope I did not put anyone off.

andy@fluenz
There was a user that had this same issue it iPad on 4G, but on WiFi he said it was perfectly fine.

There was a user that had this same issue it iPad on 4G, but on WiFi he said it was perfectly fine.

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I have written this before, but there has been no action by Fluenz, so I am posting publicly in hopes that it might stimulate some action. The flashcards are useful, but they do not go far enough. There are not enough complex sentences, which is what conversation in the real world is like. In the second "match the phrase" workout in the DVD's, there are many complex sentences that should be incorporated in the flashcards but are not. I have also suggested composing many new sentences because the constant repetition leads to automatic rote responses whereas conversation is unpredictable. Fluenz is arguably the best language programme, but there are areas where it can be improved.

I have written this before, but there has been no action by Fluenz, so I am posting publicly in hopes that it might stimulate some action.

The flashcards are useful, but they do not go far enough. There are not enough complex sentences, which is what conversation in the real world is like. In the second "match the phrase" workout in the DVD's, there are many complex sentences that should be incorporated in the flashcards but are not. I have also suggested composing many new sentences because the constant repetition leads to automatic rote responses whereas conversation is unpredictable.

Fluenz is arguably the best language programme, but there are areas where it can be improved.

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andy@fluenz
Hi Archie, Those are very good points for us to consider and we will keep them in mind as we continue our development of Fluenz. The current way that the Flashcards function use words and phrases from the same drills in the program itself and are a tool for users to continue practice with phrases and sentences that were already taught. My suggestion would be to select the Super Random mode to mix things up as much as possible. Thanks again for the suggestions.

Hi Archie, Those are very good points for us to consider and we will keep them in mind as we continue our development of Fluenz.

The current way that the Flashcards function use words and phrases from the same drills in the program itself and are a tool for users to continue practice with phrases and sentences that were already taught. My suggestion would be to select the Super Random mode to mix things up as much as possible.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

dxcomic
I was thinking the same thing-doing Spanish. For Spain. Love the program, minor area of improvement.

I was thinking the same thing-doing Spanish. For Spain. Love the program, minor area of improvement.

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