https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squigger42

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)

November 1, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

It's not just German - generally speaking, all the courses have a duck obsession. Ducks are cute. Go with it! ;D

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DPCharly

You have tons of flags. I believe you.

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AKAToTo

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'')

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Urgent-Sponge

tohidfla makes an excellent point however I have decided to believe that Germans are just crazy about ducks. :)

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howardsends

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.

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

Uh-oh, we've been found out ...
In that case I might as well post this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uJXCK4Jl08

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Urgent-Sponge

Irrefutable proof! I knew it!

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

... and then there is this:

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrasshopperPie

One of the most well-known children's songs in Germany is called "Alle meine Entchen" (All my ducklings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBT6edKlNj4 They are indoctrinated with duck lore at a tender age!

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dooted

BECAUSE DUCKS ARE AWESOME! DIE ENTE GIBT TOLL!

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theupandup

pretty sure Pferd is a vocab word too ;)

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squigger42

ah okay thanks

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annqueue

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.

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kubelnaby

Remember that there is no such thing as historical ducks. Well, at least not in Norway.

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

Thanks for clearing that up - they tend to appear a lot in the Norwegian example sentences as well. ;)

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kubelnaby

Yeah, I know. That's where I learnt it.

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

Personally, I much prefer the Norwegian word for "the spider" - edderkoppen!
I keep waiting for it to turn up in my exercises. ;)

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

Hey, nice find! :D

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

I've had that one! always makes me think of The Hobbit!

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

I found it. This is what Bilbo sings:

Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can’t see me!
Attercop! Attercop!
Won’t you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me?

Old Tomnoddy, all big body,
Old Tomnoddy can’t spy me!
Attercop! Attercop!
Down you drop!
You’ll never catch me up your tree!

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

@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.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dooted

You mean the scene in Unexpected Journey with Ratagast?

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kubelnaby

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).

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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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!

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

This makes me (almost) want to learn Dutch. :)

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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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 :)

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

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.)

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

They use ducks a lot in the Italian lessons, too. It's probably a duolingo thing.

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

A duckolingo thing, even.

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kubelnaby

If there were a duolingo constructed language, the word for "hi" would be "quack".

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErickByaru

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.

November 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrasshopperPie

In German a "Haustier" is a domestic animal or a farm animal, not just a "pet". Thus, a pig is also a "Haustier".

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErickByaru

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.

November 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sumake99

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 :)))

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PixelAdit

._. Well. Is Duolingo being pessimistic? Hmm...

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annqueue

There's odd Spanish lessons about kings and bishops and commanders. Like someone read about the Inquisition or something.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sumake99

Just got one again in french - He's going to die, He doesn't want to die and I am going to die :)

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorelei120

Ich weiß das nicht. Aber, hier ist ein Lied für dich. Es ist über ein Entchen (duckling). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HjycnhU5yk

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raviurfharry

I think the Germans like the Duck (to eat) :D

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dooted

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.

November 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LivMelendes

Its just so they can fit tons of lessons in one lesson so you don't forget them! I love ducks!

November 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PixelAdit

Bonus ducks! (TF2 reference)

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dooted

To be honest, I've been getting the same sentence: Enten Sind Vogel. Is this the one you've been getting?

November 4, 2015
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