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How can I type German quotation marks on my MacBook Air English keyboard?

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I know how to type a ß (using option + s), and umlauts (using option + u and then typing the letter) but I can't find out how to type the standard German quotation marks notably „ - the beginning of the quotation. I had to copy and paste to get the „ symbol. There has to be a shortcut. Thanks in advance.

July 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Honestly, I don't use those quotation marks. I use the ones I find on my keyboard, and as far as I can tell, this is what everybody does. In my experience, I see them only in books or other printed material.

The special characters (ß, umlauts) are important for a text to be correct, the quotation marks don't have that priority.


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Heike, so when you type something (let's say perhaps texting) you never use „ " quotation marks? If you were writing a thesis (Dissertation) would you use „ " quotation marks? How about when typing a letter. Does the German keyboard have these on the keyboard?


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Heike, so when you type something (let's say perhaps texting) you never use „ " quotation marks?

Exactly.

If you were writing a thesis (Dissertation) would you use „ " quotation marks?

It's been a while since mine; at that time I had an old typwriter, and that machine only offered the quotation marks " .... ". I got my certificate. :-)

How about when typing a letter. Does the German keyboard have these on the keyboard?

No, we have the " ... " quotation marks, and these are the ones everybody uses.


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Wirklich, das ist sehr interessant. Ich frage mich, warum deutsche Schreibmaschinen nicht die deutschen Anführungszeichen haben. Sind sie veraltet? - Susan


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Wahrscheinlich ist dies das Ergebnis einer Rationalisierungsmaßnahme: Statt zwei Plätzen auf der Tastatur braucht man nur einen. Und die Schreibenden brauchen sich nur eine Position auf der Tastatur zu merken -- das spart auch Gehirnzellen. ;-)

Ich kann mich jedenfalls an keine Tastatur erinnern, die Anführungszeichen unten und oben erzeugen konnte.


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Jede Maßnahme, um Gehirnzellen zu retten, ist gut für mich. Besonders in meinem Alter.


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Heike, Hast du mir eine lingot gegeben? Danke vielmals.


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Unter den letzten Antworten finde ich keinen "Reply"-Button mehr. Deshalb an dieser Stelle:

Heike, Hast du mir eine lingot gegeben? Danke vielmals.

Ja, den habe ich Dir gegeben -- als Alters-Soldaritäts-Lingot. ;-) (In zwei Jahren fängt mein Alter mit einer 6 an! :-))

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