The dots: ü ä ö.
Note that not all dots are technically umlauts, because grammar would be too easy if things were actually consistent.
Plurals have the article 'die', regardless of the article of singular form.
I definitely have to train my ear for German. I swear I heard Zites, but it was Salz *shrugs I'm a ground level beginner, so are there any suggestions to improve this from anyone here? Any help is definitely appreciated! :D
Just a basic tip: German always is about pronouncing the consonants. Roll the r, pronounce the t and such. Don't focus on the vocals like in english. (Meh, I'm a native speaker. Don't mind me)
An initial s is more like an English z, and z is almost always more like English ts. Hope that helps!
I have just realized that the Austrian city Salzburg = Salz (salt) + burg (castle, fortress). Does anyone know why that city is called "salt castle"?
Salt mines nearby and river Salzach - a point for salt trade, mining and transportation. A castle was simply a fortress around which the city was built - like in many European cities in medieval ages.
Thanks for these clarifications! :) However, a castle made of salt would have been more funny :p
There isn't a castle made of salt that i know of, but if you'd like to see a city/buildings carved in the salt mine I can recommend Wieliczka in Poland. There's even google street view for this mine.
That is what I heard, too. I was wondering what "zaitz" was... But salt seemed to be the closest word of those I knew, so I tried that.
Duolingo's pronunciation is fine. It's pronounced /zalts/.
I respectfully disagree. Native speaker here by the way. You're probably expecting the /l/ to be a dark /l/ as in the English "cool" , but it's a clear /l/ as in the English "lint". The dark /l/ does not exist at all in Standard German.
I am with you. I heard Zeitz not Salz. I took a year of German at USA university level (this is a refresher after a decade or so) and the female pronouncer often is "off". Er sounds like Ihr until you listen for the verb tense.
cuz even the duolingo algorithm thinks having a salt feast and buffet is crazy as ****
Because in English, "the men are having salt" means the men are eating salt. "haben" means to have, as in to own, to have something belong to you.
Haben means Posses is a new word. Please try to introduce very first. These kind of new things is kind of unusual to learners. Hope, app developer may consider this......
I got it wrong because i wrote "the men has salt" instead of "the men possess salt"... That's pretty much the same, no?
Hey there, it's been a full year sense many of the forum users including RSvanKeure commented on the audio files associated with the examples given. New user here, and can confirm the audio is still off on one of the files. When the woman in one of the examples says "Salz" it sounds like "seitz". However, in the audio clip of the man, it is pronounced correctly. Guessing someone goofed on selecting the correct audio file. I've had this happen multiple times, and was confused, now that I have taken a moment to look at the consensus of everyone's comments, I can see I'm not the only one who has picked up on this.
Anyone know where to point the devs to this?
It's not a matter of "picking an audio file", as far as I know -- it's a text-to-speech (TTS) engine which you simply give some written text and it turns it into audio automatically, and you don't have influence over the minor details of how to do so.
As far as I know, it's not possible to tune or otherwise influence the pronunciation; the TTS gets things mostly correct, and for the places where it doesn't, there's nothing anyone can do about it, and I don't think reports to anyone would be helpful. The only situation might be to replace the TTS engine completely with some other TTS -- which might have other problems and idiosyncracies of its own in other sentences even if it gets certain problem ones right.
I disagree, the female voice is much easier to understand. I always have to listen to the male voice several times and even on the slow speed cannot understand it at times. In this particular example it always sounds like Reis to me instead of Salz in the normal mode.
Previous advice should laso work,but it depends on the keyboard(language) you have it set to,for example mine is on serbian so that doesn't work for me,or my phone at least doesn't offer umlauts,but also you can go to your settings and set the german keyboard along with whatever you're currently using,and just switch to it when needed