How do you know if schön is supposed to mean pretty or beautiful?
Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure what the differences are between the two in English!
Correct, but can't schön also mean pretty? (although, I'll most likely just use 'hübsch' anyway)
Yes, it can :) Both are quite interchangeable in that regard, but you would, for example, not describe October as "hübsch" because that... sounds weird. I don't really know how to explain this. I think hübsch is mainly for concrete things, eg people, buildings etc... but for abstract things, like the weather or the time of the year, schön is more appropriate. I hope that helps to clarify a bit :D
"Oh, suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
You cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather."
"When comrades seek sweet country haunts, By twos and twos together, And count like misers, hour by hour, October's bright blue weather."
(Helen Hunt Jackson) ❤
Is it any rule to add "der" before months in German? I've seen a very similar example with another month and with "der"... Help please?
Not quite that good. Even that is called "Oktoberfest", it is celebrated in September, with only a few days taking place in October. For example, this year Oktoberfest is celebrated from the 19th of September until the 4th of October.
why I can't use October is pretty good? Why does it have to be October is pretty? Can't it be a pretty good month?
It can be a pretty good month. Thing is that's not what the phrase in German says. In your phrase, the word 'pretty' is functioning as an adverb modifying the adjective 'good'. In the phrase given in German, the adjective is 'schön' (pretty, or beautiful), so you have to translate it into an adjective in English. And there's no adverb in the example in German.
One more little detail: The meaning is not the same :)
you'd better say: "Das ist richtig, das ist mein Geburtsmonat." or "Das ist richtig, das ist mein Geburtstagsmonat."
I use duolingo on my tablet but I can't use any umlauts so my answers are often wrong. How can I overcome this?
You put an "e" after the letter with the umlaut you want to type.
ä = ae
ö = oe
ü = ue
Also, the "sharp s" (ß) can be written as a double s, i.e. -
ß = ss