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German letters (umlauts) on English keyboard.

How do you type German letters on an English keyboard? I was on level 5 (Intro.) and my answers were counted as incorrect because I couldn't type the letter that looks like an oddly shaped upper case B. I knew the correct answer.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethKeebler

http://usefulshortcuts.com/alt-codes/accents-alt-codes.php

Hold down the ALT key and type the numbers on your number pad.

Isn't there a set of clickable accented letters under where you type? If you're using a phone keyboard, you can usually long press on a letter to get a set of accented forms.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSquashMann
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This is what I would recommend, if you have a keyboard with the num pad and you're not willing to switch layouts. It's not to hard to memorize 4 alt codes (ä - Alt + 0228, ö - Alt + 0246, ü - Alt + 0252, ß - Alt + 0223)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YellowPlatypus
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On Mac it is alt+u for the umlaut... and alt+s should give you the sharp s (ß).

And I don't know if Duo accepts them but these spellings should also be correct:

ä - ae

ö - oe

ü - ue

ß - ss

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thwain
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Duolingo does not accept ss for ß in many cases. I have the Swiss German keyboard installed, so ß always gets autocorrected to ss (ß is not used in Swiss Standard German) and I get marked wrong if I don't notice the change. This seems to be more of a problem for the German from French course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YellowPlatypus
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Thanks for pointing that out.

Is it accepted in some cases? If so then it may help to report the other sentences so they can be added to the correct answers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thwain
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I am a little torn about reporting the sentence. On one hand, it is completely valid to type "ss" when "ß" is not available on your keyboard. On the other hand, the course is teaching Hoch Deutsch and follows those spelling conventions. I feel that either all spelling mistakes should be marked wrong, or all minor typos should be accepted with a note that there is a mistake. Partial credit is always a problem for teachers when grading. Once you start making allowances, people just ask for more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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I don't think that Duolingo accepts that but that's cool. I think I read Duolingo doesn't accept it in another post...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyattpeak

What operating system do you use (Mac, Windows, Linux)? You can change your keyboard so you can easily type these characters, I'll give you instructions if you can tell me which you use.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tiny2004

ask Usagiboy7 he'll prob help

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hauptmann_J

First, I would like to thank everyone for their response. I found a solution to my problem. I copied the umlauts from YellowPlatypus' post to a notepad file. I can copy/paste from there when needed. ßßß It's a little inconvenient, but it works. Again, thanks to all.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darkages
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I found another [better] solution. I just downloaded a program called HoldKey that allows you to type accented letters very easily straight from your English QWERTY keyboard. For example, you hold down "o" followed by 1 to get "ö", or "s" followed by 1 to get ß. I love it and I recommend anyone using Duolingo on Windows to download it!

2 years ago