"Brot, Wasser"

Translation:Bread, water

October 13, 2015



Why is R in "Brot" prononuced in front of the mouth, and in some other words as a "Trinks" it is more backwards, throathy, such as R in French?

December 6, 2015


It's just how German is, I guess.

December 17, 2017


It can be both, depending on where the speaker is from. Usually it is similar to the French, but in parts of Switzerland and Austria, the Spanish style r is common.

September 29, 2018


First letter ìs strong sound

October 25, 2018


Since ß=ss, why would it not be waßer?

July 12, 2016


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!

April 15, 2017


Flussschiff has three s's in a row -- that doesn't turn two of them into an ß.

July 30, 2017


Wasn't the word (pre-1996) "Flußschiff"? If so, then it seems to be an example of an 'ß' turning into 'ss' as part of the spelling reform (which has always confused me why the ß still exists after that, but that's a completely different issue)

June 13, 2018


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.

June 14, 2018


ß is not the same as ss. You use ß after long vowels and diphthongs and ss after short vowels.

Wasser has a short vowel, so you can't use ß in that word.

Maße and Masse are two separate words -- Maße has a long vowel and Masse has a short one.

July 30, 2017


Its a sharper sound when it is ß so no it would not

July 29, 2017


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.

July 30, 2017


I had to say this about twenty times before i got it right. I was pronouncing it just like the recording. Is anyone else having trouble with this?

July 7, 2016


Sometimes when I start learning a language, I'll forget to pronounce words entirely and only be able to read and write them. I feel you completely.

September 6, 2017


Why are Brot and Wasser capitalized?

January 3, 2016


All nouns in German are capitalized.

April 27, 2016


Audio in this exersise sounds like "Boot (German for boat)" not "Brot" with an "r" which is pronounced.

October 7, 2016


Terrible audio on my device for this!

September 20, 2018


Same here. I listened repeatedly and the best I could make of the awful diction was "Grosvater"

September 21, 2018

September 30, 2018


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.

February 15, 2017


It's because all nouns in German are capitalized, so you probably would have to write it as "Bread, water."

October 7, 2017


I wrote bread and water and it was wrong they marked it as bread,water.

March 26, 2017


"and" means "und" There is no "und" in Brot, Wasser" so you have to type "bread, water" not "bread and water"

July 21, 2018


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!!

June 3, 2017



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.

April 25, 2018


How do you say brot? Is the "r" silent?

July 20, 2017


No, you pronounce the r, just not as harsh as in english.

October 5, 2017


It's like the Japanese/French r; kinda like you're saying a quick d before the r, kinda throaty

January 19, 2019


I was pronouncing just as the speaker! What happened?!!?

December 30, 2016


Why are there so many bread and water exercises, the sheer amount of them seems superfluous.

April 7, 2018


Maybe if you visit Germany you'll find out, becouse I don't know either.

June 3, 2018


Does "Brot" has ending sound? like "t" or "th" or simply pronounce "bought" w/o "t" sound?

April 12, 2016


The ending in Brot is a sharp "T". Not a,"th". Believe me. It's my mother language. Regards

June 8, 2016


How do i pronounce wasser

January 14, 2017


Vasser. Vah-sser (Er is a soft "e" like "teller" in English)

April 8, 2017


W's sound like V's

September 26, 2017


some people pronounce wasser with an 'a' at the end... and some do it with an 'er' at the end... which one is it?

July 6, 2018


Why does it mark bread and water wrong!

March 30, 2017


The problem asks for you to translate "Brot, Wasser" to English. There is no und to connect them to Bread and water, so it's Bread, Water.

September 6, 2017


How would you say " because of them" ?

April 15, 2018



April 15, 2018


I am not being asked to say any phrases yet. Is this usual? Any settings to check, please?

September 23, 2018


Is the "r" in "Brot" and "Frau" silent? How do I pronounce the "r" sounds in these words?

June 16, 2018


It's a soft rolling r sound.

June 17, 2018


I can't tell; Is Wasser pronounced like wasser or vasser?

September 13, 2018


The W at the beginning sounds like the /v/ in English "vet" or "valve".

September 14, 2018


hows the form

May 21, 2018


i tried saying it through the microphone but it didn't receive "wasser"

July 22, 2018



January 7, 2019


I said bread water but everytime i pronounce it like that it says that it is wrong why????

July 27, 2018


The user should be penalised for not capitalising the first letter of nouns like 'Brot' and 'Wasser' as it's part of the language to use proper grammar and students in school are penalised for it.

August 19, 2018


Were you supposed to translate it?

August 24, 2018


Sounded like Grosvater

September 6, 2018


My answer is correct, you did not ask for punctuation

September 10, 2018


Why have i had to say different variations of bread and water about 20 times in the same practice? Jesus!

September 14, 2018


Again I've landed in this exercise in which, for 10-15 times, I am asked to translate or say "Brot und Wasser," "Wasser und Brot," "Brot, Wasser," "Wasser, Brot." Please make it go away!

September 29, 2018



October 25, 2018


Because letter before is strong sound.

October 25, 2018


Coincidentally the phrase "bread and water" in Hebrew can sometimes mean" the essential things for living"

November 15, 2018


Mine was correct...Brot Wasser.I just left out the comma after brot

December 31, 2018


I did leave a comment ..I got mine right. ...brot wasser. I just left out the comma

December 31, 2018


I got this wrong because i did not use a comma?!

January 14, 2019


That's unlikely. You probably made some other mistake.

January 14, 2019


it needs better spellcheck

January 15, 2019


They are not relate to each other c'mon

January 18, 2019


Why is it marked incorrectly if you add "and" in between bread and water

April 12, 2019


Because there is no und in the German.

April 13, 2019


Since there is a coma I've added "and" in between . but it's incorrect. Does " Bread water" sounds correct?

April 23, 2019


This is not a complete sentence. It's just two words joined by a comma.

Brot, Wasser = "bread, water"

Brot und Wasser = "bread and water"

May 1, 2019


I really like the excersizes where you make us actually type out the sentence in german or english. You should add more of those

May 28, 2019


I'm having a lot of trouble pronouncing "Brot" correcty. anyone else?

June 26, 2019


It is wrong because I did not put a comma? Come on.. 4 levels, never required. But now, somehow it is required. It doesn't say commain fact.. This is non sense.

September 17, 2019


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.

September 18, 2019


It is interesting how the w in wasser is pronounce like a v

September 21, 2019


Wait no

October 11, 2019
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