Out of Curiosity...
So I have been learning German for a short time now, but the example of someone having a duck as a pet is coming up a lot. is this a joke or do a lot of Germans actually have pet ducks? (This is purely out of curiosity)
because of learning genders for different animals and also plural form and because ''Ente(n)=duck(s)'' is a very easy word to learn ( at least instead of '' Pferd=horse'')
tohidfla makes an excellent point however I have decided to believe that Germans are just crazy about ducks. :)
Ente was among the first of the few words I learned listening to my German cousins, and that completely unbiased example suggests Germans are duck crazy.
Nah. It's just the course. The Spanish course seems obsessed with elephants at times, but I assume there aren't a lot of pet elephants in Mexico. It's pretty funny though.
Remember that there is no such thing as historical ducks. Well, at least not in Norway.
Thanks for clearing that up - they tend to appear a lot in the Norwegian example sentences as well. ;)
Personally, I much prefer the Norwegian word for "the spider" - edderkoppen!
I keep waiting for it to turn up in my exercises. ;)
I found it. This is what Bilbo sings:
Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can’t see me!
Won’t you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me?
Old Tomnoddy, all big body,
Old Tomnoddy can’t spy me!
Down you drop!
You’ll never catch me up your tree!
@PresidentPeanut: not a clue, I haven't seen the films, but in the book Bilbo teases spiders by using a word for spiders that - I don't remember what it is actually, but it's very similar, I assume it's derived from one of the Norse tongues, because Tolkien knew a lot of and about those languages.
Speaking of ducks, there is this anime I liked to watch as a kid, Alfred j. Kwak. It's very clever, characters grow up, there is a bit of psychological insight and even a bit of politics and social matters, which is very unusual for a product targeted at children. Back then I watched it dubbed in my language, but the two original versions are japanese and dutch (the story is from a Dutch musical). It was quite popular in Germany, too and I am currently watching it again but this time dubbed in German (since it was a show for kids it is of course not that hard to understand).
I am learning Dutch (Dutch conjunctions for today) and here is the example - "Het gaat goed met me, want ik heb een eend". ("I am doing well, because I have a duck") It made my day, really!
Oh, Dutch is a fascinating language :)) VERY similar to German! Was sieht sie? = Wat ziet zij? Warum ist die Banane nass? = Waarom is de banaan nat? Ich habe ein paar Fragen = ik heb een paar vragen... Amazing :)
I fear it is the closeness that makes me shy away from it. (Apart from the number of languages I already have on my want-to-learn list.)
They use ducks a lot in the Italian lessons, too. It's probably a duolingo thing.
If there were a duolingo constructed language, the word for "hi" would be "quack".
You probably said what so many of us were wondering for a long time now. I've spent up to a year now using Duolingo to learn German, and when I have to say "Eine Ente ist ein Haustier" I'm thinking "Really?" I Doubt many Germans really have ducks as pets. Maybe people who live on a farm in the German countryside. But that would be it.
In German a "Haustier" is a domestic animal or a farm animal, not just a "pet". Thus, a pig is also a "Haustier".
This is why I love the German language. I love how they combine house and animal into one word. I guess it shows that I'm still used to thinking in English. But having been learning German for over a year now, I have gotten used to thinking in German.
Ducks are fine. But there are some lessons in french and italian which are full of people who died or going to die or us all going to die :)))
There's odd Spanish lessons about kings and bishops and commanders. Like someone read about the Inquisition or something.
Just got one again in french - He's going to die, He doesn't want to die and I am going to die :)
Yeah, I've been getting the same thing. I don't think they would have die Ente as a pet. It would be toll though. 2 german words. Beast mode.
Its just so they can fit tons of lessons in one lesson so you don't forget them! I love ducks!