"Die Frau isst Äpfel."

Translation:The woman eats apples.

January 3, 2013

This discussion is locked.


How do I know if it is Apfel or Äpfel from the recording?


Apfel = ''ahp-fell'' Äpfel = ''ehp-fell''

I thought learning the alphabet was numero uno in learning a new language?


Nice clarification - danke


There are many ways.


The pronunciation is closer than I realized, though: two native speakers recorded here: https://forvo.com/word/der_apfel%2C_die_%C3%A4pfel/#de


wataya: Thanks:D Higginz: Because the difference in pronunciation was not explicitly stated, so just from the exercices I couldn't really differentiate between the vowels...


I made a typo, wrote 'ist' instead of 'isst' but the program said it's correct (which it isn't). This should be checked and marked as a typo.


Maybe it's some sort of German expression like we have in English, "the woman is nuts!" except obviously "Die Frau ist Äpfel! / the woman is apples!" Just a little humor to distract from laborious language studies. :P


Interesting idea, but it is not an idiom. The sentence doesn't make any sense, but maybe they kept it because isst and ist are homophones.

I just wanted to clarify to avoid having people run around in Germany calling other people apples ;-)


Right... when I made this post, I don't believe that I meant people really say "You are apples". I should have clarified that!


What is the plural of Die Frau? As in Das madchen goes to Die madchen, but what happens in the case with Die Frau?


There is no capital A + the umlaut on my keyboard nor is one available on the site. So i all always getting Apfel (plural) wrong. Any suggestions


Have you tried changing the language input of your keyboard or typing Ae for Ä? I don't have an ä key on my keyboard either but I was able to change my Windows system's Region and Languages setting to make my keyboard type umlauts. I haven't tried submitting ae for ä on Duolingo but substituting e for umlaut is an acceptable way to write Ä/Ae, Ö/Oe and Ü/Ue in many parts of the world.

  • 1791

For what it's worth, I tried "Die Frau isst Aepfel" and it replied "Almost correct! Die Frau isst Äpfel." It does accept Xe for other phrases; I haven't cracked the pattern (or definitively determined that its list of acceptable alternatives is less complete in some areas) yet.


Also try searching for CHARACTER MAP inside your computer.


On a Mac, you can hold option-u to add umlauts. The next letter you press after you release option-u will be umlaut. So option-u, then a is ä. Option-u then shift-o is Ö. Also, option-s is ß, if you ever need that character. I don't know if this works on a PC.


i think you will be able to find virtual keyboards that support Umlauts


How do you know if Apple is singular or plural from the recording?


You just have to listen REALLY carefully


If umlaut comes then it is plural?


For certain words, yes


How do I make umlauts on a smart phone?


I hold down on the a and it gives me several options like æ ă ã å ä etc haha, but if it doesn't work putting ae means the same thing

ä=ae ö=oe ü=ue


Why not "The wife eats apples."?


Second Reply: Frau typically means woman, and in this case means woman. If it is followed by "His", which would translate to "Seine Frau", then it probably means wife. It's all about context. :)


The woman eats apples = The woman are eating apples Pourquoi refuser ici la forme en "ing"? Expliquez-moi.


"The woman" is singular. "Are eating" is plural.


Because "Are" is a plural form.


I don't understand this either.


Can someone explain why "ae" in place of "ä" is considered a typo?


    It might be a bug in Duolingo. That said, usually the alternative spelling is only acceptable when it's not possible to input special characters - and Duolingo does allow you to input them. If the on-screen special character buttons aren't there, or you can't get them by long-pressing on a touchscreen keyboard, see here.


    Why does it matter for Frau if you say woman or lady? I typed in woman and it said I was wrong


      Perhaps you made another mistake unintentionally. The correct answer is "The woman eats apples".

      A lot of people who already speak English end up learning more about their own language in the process of learning another one. Duolingo here highlights the difference between "woman" (Frau) and "lady" (Dame).


      What is the difference between different accents????????


      What accents do you mean?

      Diacritical marks on letters? German uses just uses the umlaut ¨ (two dots) over a o u, giving ä ö ü, to show that the pronunciation is changed.


      I wrote 'the woman is eating apples' and I was marked wrong?


      Did you have a listening exercise rather than a translation exercise?


      Can someone explain why this is "eats" in present simple, rsther than "is eating" in present continuous. Aren't both verbs the same? How does one differentiate?


      Both "eats" and "is eating" are possible translations, without context (as is the case with most sentences on Duolingo).

      Without the context of a conversation, you could only tell the difference if the sentence itself provides context such as "(she is eating apples) right now" or "(she eats apples) every day".


      So what is the difference between Äpfel and Apfel?


      Äpfel "apples" is plural, Apfel "apple" is singular


      okay, thank you for clearing that up


      My reply to this sentence was “the woman is eating the apples“ and it came out as a wrong answer. I'm confused cause i thought both sentences (the woman eats/is eating) were grammatically correct. Can someone explain? Danke!


      My reply to this sentence was “the woman is eating the apples“ and it came out as a wrong answer.


      Äpfel is "apples", not "the apples".

      die Frau isst Äpfel = the woman is eating apples

      Writing "...is eating the apples" is not a correct translation of ...isst Äpfel.

      Lingot to you for quoting your entire sentence rather than simply assuming the problem was with the verb form and complaining that "is eating" is not accepted.


      This is the same bug over and over and its never fixed. The women is eating apples. The women eats apples, blah blah get it fixed


      This is the same bug over and over and its never fixed. The women is eating apples. The women eats apples

      die Frau means "the woman".

      It does not mean "the women".

      "woman" with -an is singular; "women" with -en is singular.

      The bug is in your sentence. I hope that you can fix it now that you have seen the explanation.


      Thank you for your reply and I totally get it, but when you view the screen shot of my answer and Duolingos answer they are Gernau the same? This is what I don't get. Particularly when it is a conversion from German to English. I still think it's a software bug. What would your answer have been in English? I would attach the screen shot I originally posted and sent to Doulingo but not sure how on chat. Any help would be appreciated. Danke


      when you view the screen shot of my answer and Duolingos answer

      Nobody can see your answer unless you show it to us -- please upload your screenshot to a website somewhere (e.g. imgur) and include the URL in your comment.


      Try this link see what happens https://m.imgur.com/a/JKxgB26

      Thanks for the screenshot! Lingot for you.

      And indeed I see women in your answer and woman in Duo's correction. One word has E in it and the other has A in it. They are not exactly the same.

      Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.