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What Key for the "B" in StraBe?

What key do you use for in StraBe for street ... if I use a "B" it says it is incorrect so what key on the keyboard is used to created that big B?

March 7, 2018

22 Comments


[deactivated user]

    if I use a "B" it says it is incorrect

    Yes, because it's not a B, it's an Eszett. So alike yet so different.

    You have the German special characters on your screen surely. Either way, the alt code for the Eszett is ALT+0223.

    March 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorHenrique

    In addition to the other answers, you can replace the character ß by ss. Duolingo will say "Pay attention to the ß character", but the answer is accepted because it is a standard alternative. But you should the ß every time you can.

    March 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

    Even in German we often replace the ß by ss. For example when you write block letters (=capitalize every letter) or if it is pressed abroad I guess or written in special writing programs. In Switzerland they even do not have the ß at all. And the Rechtschreibreform (?) in 2006 changed the rule when to use ß and when to use ss completely. Now you use ß after long vacals and ss after short ones. Even in the alphabetical order the ß is in the same position as the ss.

    So just use ss instead of ß if it is too expensive for you. Even many Germans use them wrong because they are confused.

    March 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

    Last year the big Eszett actually got recognized as a real German letter, writing "ss" when using all caps is still accepted though.
    Thank god, since the big ẞ looks weird and shift+ß is a question mark on the German keyboard.

    March 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorHenrique

    There was even a post about the difference between ss and ß some weeks ago. You can click here if you want to read it.

    PS: I think you should not comment there since it was posted 4 weeks ago.

    March 7, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Yes, I posted this video on the new major case ß a while ago:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4TGYfoWEwg

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

      Like Nuno said it's not a "B" it's "ß" a German letter ("Eszett" or "Scharf-S" - the latter is the word I learned as a child). There's a bigger difference between the two letters in handwriting. It looks kind of like this:

      image of handwritten ß

      He already told you the alt-code, but in case you've set your keyboard to German because of our weird letters and are looking for the location - it's the key on the right side of the "0" on the numbers line above the letters and thus right above the "P"-key.

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

      "scharfes S" contains the adjective "scharf" (spicy, sharp). So you have to declinate it. ein scharfes S, das scharfe S... I have never heard "Scharf-S" with "-" before.

      Setting the keyboard to the language you are learning while learning, is a good idea. I also do that when learning spanish because of the ñ. The advantage for the pair English-German is that you can write every English letter with a German keyboard (German-Spanish is not like this.). Just notice that on German keyboard the z and the y are exchanged.

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

      "scharfes S" contains the adjective "scharf" (spicy, sharp). So you have to declinate it. ein scharfes S, das scharfe S... I have never heard "Scharf-S" with "-" before.

      Might be a regional thing then. I'm a native German speaker and I've learned it as "Scharf-S" as in "Straße schreibt man mit Scharf-S" so it's "ein Scharf-S" and "das Scharf-S".

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/pont

      Duden seems to be happy with both variants (as well as "Eszett", of course).

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jussel11

      Interesting! So where are you from? I am from the Rhineland.

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

      Not that far actually. I'm from Baden-Württemberg (you know the Land that even advertises with "Mir kennet ells, außer Hochdeutsch" so whenever there's a difference in language use I always assume it's regional. ;) )

      But since according to pont and Duden both versions seems to officially exist, so maybe it's also personal preference of the primary school teachers?

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

      Das ist warscheinlich zu verstehen wie Rotkraut, das nennt man auch nicht rotes ❤❤❤❤❤. Scharf-S habe ich allerdings vorher noch nie gehört (Nordhessen). Bei uns hieß es auch scharfes S oder Eszett.

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ElyseGardner

      On my Mac I just have to type alt+S... Super easy.

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

      Ich auch! Weil ich einen Mac habe.

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/PrussianPidgeon

      alt+ 0223

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Andu444

      or ALT+225, depending on your OS

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

      What OS uses alt+0223 for ß?

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/2Milena

      You can write ss and it will except it.In Switzerland there is actually no ß.

      March 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/speising

      there's an on-screen keyboard for any "special" characters, anyway. including the umlauts.

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

      There is more than one way to skin a cat; especially on computers.

      March 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/cadencelum

      The "B" is actually pronounced at two S's :) So when you see that letter in a word such as "Street" in German it is pronounced as "Strasse" Stah- Se

      March 7, 2018
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