If I've understood things correctly, ß is reserved for e.g. longer vowel sounds (as well as cases where there are 3 s's). The 'a' sound in Wasser is short. You can imagine ß as a sz-sound. The a and s of Waßer (waszer) would kind of sound more similar to the English word "vase". I think!
Yes; before 1996 it was Flußschiff as the ß was used at the end of a syllable. Now the choice of ß and ss depends on the length of the vowel: ß after long vowels and diphthongs, ss after short vowels.
A hypothetical "raft ship" would be a Floßschiff, still with ß, since Floß has a long vowel while Fluss has a short vowel.
ß and ss sound identical.
It's just a spelling convention to use ß after long vowels and diphthongs and ss after short vowels.
Before 1996, the spelling convention was different, so you used to write e.g. Schloß, Faß, du ißt. These were changed to Schloss, Fass, du isst without any change in pronunciation.
Yes, I've had considerable trouble with the voice recognition on my laptop AND mobile. I'm teaching my 7 year old to speak German with this app, I'm relatively fluent and I've spoken the language for years now. I am 100% pronouncing the words correctly but it still says I'm wrong! It's very frustrating!
This isnt a question I just want to say I cant believe im acrually learning this language! After falling in love with germany (i got there alot) i wanted to change and learn a new language omg this language is so neat! Im fluent in asl and english but i know alpt of spanish and now german!! Woot woot we all can do this!!
I'm very proud of you! I live in the USA and will probably never be able to go to Europe or Canada... BUT that didn't stop me from learning Spanish, and ASL. Now, thanks to Duolingo, I brushed up on my Spanish to perfection; I can read and write French and speak it just enough to hold a conversation... and here I am, learning German. I'm always meeting people from my five languages (well, if you also count English). It's so enriching to be able to understand others and be able to translate for them, and meet many new people you normally would not because of the language barrier.
I have typed both "Bread water" and "Bread, Water" only to be told it is not correct. The first I understood while found it to be a bit sensitive on the comma as I just didn't think it needed one, but the second I capped it like the noun is supposed to be, only to be told it's wrong. Unsure if there is an issue occuring wanting to give heads up incase someone else noticed.
"and" means "und" There is no "und" in Brot, Wasser" so you have to type "bread, water" not "bread and water"
It is wrong because I did not put a comma?
No. Commas are ignored.
If your sentence was rejected, there was some other error.
If you took a screenshot showing the question and your answer, please upload it to a website somewhere and paste the URL here if you would like to know where you went wrong.