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"Kaffee und Tee"

Translation:Coffee and tea

December 27, 2015



So, how is Kaffee properly pronounced? I hear the female voice say KAFfee and the male voice say kafFEE. Where does the stress go?


The male voice is right. The female voice represents northern regions of Germany (Preussen) where people weirdly say KAFffe.


That's quite a judgmental generalization, Zawerg. Duden indicates that [ˈkafeː] is the standard pronunciation, while [kaˈfeː] is an Austria variant. See also: http://www.atlas-alltagssprache.de/runde-4/f23a-c/ http://prowiki.ids-mannheim.de/bin/view/AADG/KaffeeAkzent


I grew up around native German speakers (I'm now relearning the language) and "ee" is typically pronounced "ay" as in the name Beethoven. These recordings where "ee" is pronounced as would be in English make me crazy. For the word Kaffee, "kaFAY" is what I have always heard spoken. "Tee" would be "tay."


What is coffee OR tea? in german


"Kaffee oder Tee?"


No its kaffee und tee.


No. "coffee or tea" is Kaffee oder Tee.

kaffee und tee is not German at all; Kaffee und Tee (with the nouns capitalised) would be "coffee and tea", which is not what GhettiCat asked about.


Are you sure about that?


Why some words are capitalised in German? How can I get their differences?


Have a look at the tips and notes for the very first unit again -- I think you'll find that your question is answered by the second section of https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Basics-1/tips-and-notes .

Please always read the tips and notes before starting a new unit.

To do so, go to https://www.duolingo.com/ in a browser (the tips and notes aren't available in mobile apps for German), click on the lesson unit, then on the lightbulb icon:


I'm not quite sure, but I think nouns are capitalised. That's what I've noticed.


I'm confused, I sometimes listen the word "und" with the final 'd' sound and in other occassions without it. Do I have allutinations or is there any rule that makes a way to pronounce it, and if so, according to what?


As far as I can tell, if the word after "und" begins with a letter like "t" or "d", we can omit the "d" in "und"


It sounds like "Kaffe o Tee" not UND


Yes, but that's because the next sound after und (which is "t") sounds close to "d". It's like how saying "send this" sounds like "sen this"


R u sure? I don't think so O.o


Wait cafe or coffee


Kaffee = coffee

Café = café

Sometimes pronounced the same in German (depending on the word stress) but spelled differently. (And different gender: der Kaffee, das Café.)


wait how is und pronounced because i keep hearing mixed things. I hear unt, un, and und


Listen to it here: https://forvo.com/word/und/#de

Basically it's supposed to be like unt.

In fluent natural speech, it can sometimes sound like un -- a bit like how English and in fluent natural speech sometimes turns into 'n' as in this 'n' that. But that's not the "default" pronunciation.

Best to start with the "proper" pronunciation and let colloquial slurrings and contractions come naturally later after you've heard and spoken a lot of German.


How is Kaffee and Tee pronunced properly


Most gender noun languages have some sort of logic. Spanisj words with a lot of 'A' s are most likely femenine

Ex: La lampara/The lamp.

German objects that end in -ei are often femenine.

Ex. Die Polizei/The police.


Neither of these words are feminine, though, nor do they end in -ei. Nor do most feminine words end in -ei in German. There are a number of endings or even none at all.

die Lampe
die Polizei
die Zeitung
die Freundin
die Kartoffel
die Maus
die Tür
die Gabel

That's a lot different from Spanish.

la lámpara
la policía
el periódico
la amiga
la patata
el ratón
la puerta
el tenedor

It really does seem like less effort to just remember each individual word's gender than to memorise the complicated list of endings for each gender (and then still have to remember the ones that don't have any specific ending).



Does anyone know he gender of Tee?


It's masculine: der Tee.


Why didn't they include the article for Tee when they did for der Wein, das Bier, and der Kaffee?


You should tell us! You're the little tea witch! :D


Here's a tip for finding the article of a noun. Go to Google Translate enter "the tea" (not just "tea") and translate it to German. It will give you the article.

Remembering the correct article has always been one of my biggest stumbling blocks with German. This time I am doing flashcards to practice the nouns and it is helping.


My perfect breakfast


I don't agree the perfect breakfast would be pancakes with syrup and milk.


Pankackes? I like waffles but pancakes are nice too but how do you say this in German?


Depends a bit on what exactly you mean with "nice" but perhaps Ich mag Waffeln, aber Pfannkuchen schmecken auch gut


I provided the correct answer, and ws told it was wrong.


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Why Tee doesn't have an article while standalone ?


Why Tee doesn't have an article while standalone ?

Because it's indefinite here.

Indefinite uncountable nouns do not need an article.

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