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"Hans und Karl sind Brüder."

Translation:Hans and Karl are brothers.

March 29, 2018

20 Comments


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

Slowly we are getting a backstory to Hans and Karl. Probably twin brothers according to some of the sentences where people mistake them.


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

They are bears actually: "Die Bären heißen Hans und Karl." That's what Duo tells us. Also he mentions a bear who wears dresses. Could be Hans, could be Karl, could be some other bear. The plot thickens.


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

The usual form of Karl is Carl in English. I understand putting "Karl" as the preferred answer, but "Carl" absolutely should also be accepted


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

Was it a "type what you hear" exercise? If not, you should know it's unusual to translate names.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krb10

is it necessary to spell proper names correctly


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

Yes, especially if you can see the original sentence. But was it a "type what you hear" exercise? What did you write?


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

I typed "brueder" instead of "Brüder" and it was marked wrong, despite Duo usually allowing that.


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

At level 25, you should really have figured out how to type the special characters already.


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

I thought that Hansek only had Gretel as a sister. Nobody told me about this Karl guy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZuMako8_Momo

The name in German is actually „Hänsel“.


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

It's short for Johannes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erika289119

I thought John was the English form of Hans... at least it was so true for all of my relatives


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

They may have common roots, but it's not expected to translate the names of people.


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

Correct answer marked as a mistake, how come ? Bug?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/u.gQbM

@SuperLearner007 Hänsel and Gretel are from a fairytale. Karl occurs in German history. For example "Karl der Große". Therefore, the names were popular for a while until the 1950s.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Markqz
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Are we supposed to be able to hear a difference between Bruder and Brüder ? Or is it just a writing thing? To me they sound the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeremy175182

The audio on this site is pretty woeful. Way over compressed and it makes things hard to understand. i could barely make out Karl. It sounds funny and like there is a syllable added.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George440015

I hate Hans and Karl. Almost everytime I swap their names and get wrong answer for that even though everything else is correct...


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

Finally, something about Hans und Karl.

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