Would the following questions demonstrate a proper usage of English? Please, write thorough explanations.
Do you start understanding English songs?
Are you starting to understand English songs?
Do you start to understand English songs?
As a Brit living in mainland Europe “Do you start understanding English songs?” is a common mistake and it happens all the time when non-native English speakers frame questions. In fact I hear this sort of thing so much that it almost sounds correct.
The second question “Are you starting to understand English songs?” is correct.
The last question is also correct, but I think with all three questions there is an error in the use of the word “start” - it might be better to use “begin“ as in :
“Are you beginning to understand English songs“ or “Do you begin to understand...”