"The oil"

Translation:Das Öl

January 28, 2013



A hint: if you cannot create umlauts, use ae = ä, oe = ö and ue = ü.


Or download German language keyboard on mobile


Yup, i agree. A nice idea is to download german keyboard preferably with suggestions. Helps u alot in answers (spellings etc).


you don't have to for it to accept it.... you can even use lowercase b for the fancy B, like sub for sweet, and it'll work.


If you want to substitute scharfes s (ß) you can do it using double s (ss) which is grammatically correct.

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    ẞ would be ss


    Having a lot of trouble in pronouncing Öl. Any help would be appreciated.


    Round your lips like you're going to pronounce the o sound and instead make an e sound


    Thanks. It worked. (y)


    Is this how to pronounce Ö/ö every time? Because I've noticed ä isn't pronounced the same in all of the words.


    Like all German simple vowels, ö has two pronunciations: a “short” one and a “long” one. They are usually similar but (except for the pronunciation of a or ä) not the same.

    “Short ö” is /œ/ while “long ö” is /ø/, if you can read the International Phonetic Alphabet. Or if you speak French, they’re the vowels of neuf and deux, respectively.


    So is there a way to tell how to (probably) spell a word by hearing it? A general rule based on the length of the vowel sound? Or is it like gender, and we have to learn as we go?


    General rules, yes, but not enough to know for sure how to spell something.

    A consonant may be written doubled (pp, tt, ck, bb, dd, gg, ss, mm, nn) to show that the vowel before it is short, e.g. raten ("to guess"; long A) vs. Ratten ("rats"; short A).

    A vowel may be written doubled (aa, ee, oo) to show that it is long. (Instead of ii, we write ie.)

    A vowel may be followed by h to show that it is long: ah äh eh ih oh öh uh üh. You can even find ieh, which marks the i as long twice.

    But then you have, for example, Bett (which is definitely short: double consonant after it) and Beet (which is definitely long: double vowel) -- but Gebet also has a long E in the second syllable. Here, the marker of length is the single consonant after it. A hypothetical word Bet would be pronounced the same way as Beet.

    Similarly, vage (vague) and Waage (scales, for measuring weight) sound exactly the same, but one marks the length implicitly through the single following consonant, the other explicitly with double aa.

    And sometimes, the final consonant of a short word is not doubled after a short vowel. For example, Weg (way, path) has a long vowel but weg (gone) has a short vowel.

    So there are general tendencies but you can't know for sure whether (say) long E will be written e (before single consonant) or ee or eh.

    Sometimes, multiple spellings are possible -- as with Lehre (apprenticeship; doctrine) versus Leere (emptiness), which are pronounced identically (with long E in the first syllable) but spelled differently.

    So: guidelines, yes, which can narrow down the range of possible spellings, but the exact spelling still has to be memorised.

    Finally: short E and short Ä sound identical, so if you hear that sound, you can't know whether (say) Stengel or Stängel is correct. (In fact, the former was correct before 1996, the latter after 1996, for complicated reasons.) And sometimes the difference is used to indicate separate meanings: Lerche (lark) is a bird, Lärche (larch) a tree. And Seite is a side while Saite is a string on a musical instrument -- pronounced identically.


    Sounds like saying ewww and illl at the sake time


    how we identify for The-Das,Der,Die Like The oil-Das Ol The Suppe-Die Soop The Rice-Der Reis So confusing. .please help us


    There is no actual rule, so u have to learn noun with its die der das.


    Memorization. Learn all nouns along with their gender and used spaced repetition to remember them


    So Öl is singular and Öle is plural?


    That’s right.


    das Öl (pl. die Öle) : Öl zum Kochen, Erdöl, Heizöl.


    If you press and hold on the letter it will make umlauts (öl)


    How to pronouce öl ? Help pls

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      can someone explain to me how to know which nouns will use das, die, or der as the article?


      In general: you look it up in a dictionary, because you usually can't know just from looking at the word.

      So you just have to learn the gender of a word.


      My dictionary says that "der Öl" is oil, while "das Öl" is olive oil. Weird


      Looks like you may need a better dictionary :)

      (Or perhaps you're misreading the entry?)


      Can anybody please explain me whats the actual difference between das, der, and den?


      German nouns have 1 of 3 genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.


      German nouns have 1 of 4 cases: nominative, accusative, dative, genitive


      das is "the" for neuter nominative nouns and neuter accusative nouns.

      der is "the" for masculine nominative nouns, feminine date nouns and feminine genitive nouns.

      den is "the" for masculine accusative nouns.

      That doesn't explain at all what you need to understand the issue, but I hope it gives you enough of a lead to look up what you need to.


      Der is also for genitive plural nouns, den for dative plural


      Unable to capitalize the umlaut o.


      If you cannot type Ö, Oe works too. Like how Ä = Ae and Ü = Ue


      A guy just said that at the top :/


      AltGr+Shirt+P on the standard US International Layout in Windows.


      And AltGr+[ followed by O (or any other appropriate letter) in Linux. AltGr+[ is a dead key.

      While we're at it, use AltGr+s for ß, or you can also use Compose, s, s.


      Wjat is the differance in der die das


      Der: Masculine noun Das: Neutral noun Die: Feminine noun


      Aber "Der" im english is translated as "The" oder nur "Das" is "The" (sorry for my German - English schreiben xD)


      how do we know which word is feminine, masculine or neutral


      You will have to learn it when you learn the word.

      Look them up in a good dictionary -- it will say which gender the word is.


      If you are on an Android, hold down the letter and choose the umlaut.


      It says I have a typo, even though I wrote 'Oel' as reccomended alternative in absence of the umlaut keyboard.


      How do you know which 'the' to use?



      Basically, you have to learn each word together with its grammatical gender (masculine = der, feminine = die, or neuter = das).


      First please teach and then ask for the answer its so annoying i have been losing hearts many times for this


      I know what you mean. Duolingo will frequently test without teaching. It turns out that research supports this approach: an answer that you got wrong, even if through no fault of your own, will be learned more securely.

      It's an approach that annoys people, but it is effective if they stick with it.

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