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