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

Menu or Speisekarte

In food 2 there was a question we read the menu, which translated as das Menu (with an umlaut). Then there was a question - translate Menu, so I put menu, but this was wrong, the correct answer was die Speisekarte. There was no "discuss" available on this question. Is there a difference or are the words interchangeable or not? I looked at Google afterwards, which translates both German words as menu.

November 13, 2017

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

The correct translation for (English) "menu" (i.e. a list of dishes and drinks which are available in a restaurant/café/bar) is "Speisekarte".
The German word "Menü" means a set meal.

For such purposes, better use a dictionary than google.


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

Yes, ein Menü is usually a given course of dishes, in opposition to eating à la carte. In fastfood it can also mean ordering a dish with a drink included instead of separate items. Die Speißekarte or short die Karte is the piece of paper you read to know what a restaurant offers.


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

typo: Speise, not Speiße


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cluney2

Die Karte just means 'The card'. So you would really say your just reading 'The card'. This is funny. But ofcourse you're right since I'm not German.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

It's in the context. If you are sitting in a restaurant nobody is expecting you to read a postcard, so if I ask the waiter "kann ich bitte die Karte haben" I would be rather surprised if he would hand over his business card or a street map ;-)


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

For such purposes, better use a dictionary than google.

Amen. For instance, Wiktionary makes this clear. It's a shame that beginners always seem to gravitate to Google Translate when there are so many excellent, free online German dictionaries.

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