"Du schreibst über das Personal."

Translation:You write about the staff.

October 27, 2013



The audio in this is awful. Why are the German audio clips so low quality?

November 3, 2013


Some of the clips are, its true, really hard to hear. But it is pretty amazing, to me anyway, that I am learning to speak German, for free!

July 4, 2014


The audio is sometimes bad, but "Personal" sounds nothing like the word, no matter how many times I listen to it.

September 15, 2014


For some reason, the TTS engine is interpreting it as "(der) Personal (Computer)" rather than "(das) Personal". The pronunciation is okayish, but it's the wrong homograph.



November 9, 2013


Is there some way you can get google's TTS engine? The german voice they have on google translate even has a german accent.

December 26, 2013


Might not be able to because of some kind of legal thing because they're making money from Duolingo, but I wouldn't think so seeing as I've seen Android apps with advertisements utilising it.

March 7, 2015


Could not agree more. I simply can not understand what she is saying most of the time.

November 9, 2013


I would like to know what's the difference between "an" and "über" since both of them mean "about".

February 13, 2014


In which context 'an' means 'about' ? 'an das Personal schreiben' means 'writing to the staff' wereas 'über das Personal schreiben' means 'writing about..

April 9, 2017


Me too. I thought über was above?

May 8, 2015


The audio for "Personal" started with a "Klei-" sound. I just assumed it was a word i hadn't heard before.

May 13, 2014


I also wonder why employees is incorrect.

January 17, 2014


How come this is accustive? Don't you need some sort of movement for accustive?

March 9, 2014


Prepositions in German fall (generally) into three types. There is a set of prepositions which are always followed by Dativ, a set always followed by Akkusitiv, and a set which can be either often called "two-way" prepositions. The preposition in question here is a two way preposition, which would generally follow the guideline 'motion toward a goal => akk else dat'.

The problem with this guideline is that it obscures a more important rule, which is that akk => direct object dat => indirect object. Thus you have to think about what the direct object of the verb to write is, and you'll indeed find that it's what's being written about, not what's being written (both in German and in English). Thus the noun following über in this sentence must be akk.

The 'motion toward a goal' guideline really only applies when the prepositions are being used as locators.

I know that was long winded, but I hope you find it a more satisfying explanation than "it's an exception."

March 10, 2014


Thanks, that helped me!

July 4, 2014


Have to echo what the pothers have said. The audio is awful.

May 30, 2014


Why isn't personnel accepted?

October 27, 2013


is here accusative or nominative?

November 8, 2013


The noun following a preposition must be either Dativ or Akkusitiv. It cannot be nominative (that I can think of). Since the article of the noun was das, we know it was not Dativ, leaving Akkusitiv by deduction.

November 13, 2013


Couldn't make out 'personal'!

February 12, 2014


Okay im fluent in German, taking these courses for fun, and I DID NOT hear "Personal" At All... if anything, I heard "Grausame"....

August 27, 2014


Fix the audio on this please!

November 7, 2014


Why not " you write about the employees ". Duo uses Personal = Employees many times.

April 14, 2017


Just to clarify..über means about? And darüber means about it?

May 24, 2017


I use ear buds and have no trouble with the audio...

May 14, 2019


I agree. The audio is not good in this exercise. Also, they didn't except my translation of das Personal ( "personnel")!

November 11, 2013


You write about is a wrong use of English terms the correct thing is you wrote about or you are writing about the

January 30, 2019


Write about is a very wrong expression in English language the correct one is you wrote about or you are writing about

January 30, 2019
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