frei = kostenlos ?
In most cases, frei is "free" as in "free speech", whereas "kostenlos" is always as in free beer. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratis_versus_libre
Free as is "free beer," haha. Great example.
It's easy to associate kostenlos with no cost because, well, that's what it sounds like. Took me a while to understand all the meanings of frei though (not that I probably understand it completely yet anyway).
"kostenlos" -> "costin' less" :D
Have a lingot!
another lingot from me, well done!
theres free beer in Germany?
course there is, i mean, they have so much of it, why not just give some away?
Now I'm feeling thirsty.
You mean you "have thirst" ;D
Back to the free beer though, how does one get this?
Why did they translate "Der Vogel es Frei" if Frei means free speech.
Der Vogel ist frei = The bird is free (means: it is not in the cage, free to fly)
kostenlos = costless
frei = free (freedom)
If you're friend is giving you a bird, it's kostenlos. If he's freeing him out of his cage, the bird's frei.
"frei" means free as in free speech, but it doesn't mean free speech.
Kostenlos, if you look carefuly, is costless (wrong answer....tough), but means cost-free, wich is the same thing.
frei would be more boundless...
Why 'costless' is a wrong answer yet 'cost-free' is? I've never heard of cost-free...
Duolingo evolves with time. When we find right answers that are not accepted, we report it, and soon they answer telling that option is now accepted.
But don't those two words have the same meaning?
It's been 6 years. costless is still marked wrong. The evolution is way too slow.
So, Kostenlos is exactly the same as Gratis?
I thought she said Eis not Es... confusing
I live in Zurich and i listen "gratis" very often..can it be used as well?
I also live in ZH and I have never heard kostenlos, only gratis
Kostenlos = no money = gratis
I entered "Is it gratis?" to avoid ambiguity and it got rejected.
What about gratis?
They finally taught me something usefull
I thought "kostenlos" meant "complimentary," but Duolingo said that that's a wrong answer.
Can it mean priceless as well (it would be crazy if it did)?
Why not gratis?