https://www.duolingo.com/tjs10

"Der Koch mag die Fans."

March 9, 2013

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/NikolasV

Sometimes I just couldn't believe words are pronounced the way Duo does it. "Fans" here is one of them.

March 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
March 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jalnt

So is this word just an exception to the general rule then?

April 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

What general rule?

April 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jalnt

Isn't "a" usually pronounced like the "u" in "up" is in English?

April 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

Right. The pronunciation of English loanwords, however, tends to be an approximation of the original English pronunciation.

April 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dhMuse

Not at all. It's like "father," or "far." If it were like "up," then "mag" would sound like "mug!"

May 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

The letter a can be short or long.

short: Masse /'masə/

long: Maß /ma:s/

May 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tjs10

Can anyone clarify is this means 'fans' as in supporters or as in the cooling devices?

March 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

It's fans as in supporters. The German for the cooling device is "der Ventilator".

March 9, 2013
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