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"Wir möchten die heilige Kartoffel sehen!"

Translation:We want to see the holy potato!

May 6, 2018



Surprised to see this in the German Duolingo lesson. It would make more sense in the Spanish lesson, confusing the Pope/(Holy) Father (el Papá) with the potato (la papa) - it's an understandable error to assume papa as feminine and (if you also forget the accent mark over the 2nd 'a') basically turn "the Father" (i.e., the holy Father, or the pope) into "the potato". I saw a picture of this on a t-shirt many years ago - so, yes, someone has made this mistake, although maybe it was an intentional error to be funny. I can't help but think whoever wrote this in Duolingo was making a joking reference to this, and NOT some ridicule of religion, as someone suggested.

Queremos ver el Papá - We want to see the pope.

Queremos ver la papa - We want to see the potato.


Queremos ver la papa - We want to see the potato. Queremos ver al papa - We want to see the pope. Queremos ver al papá - We want to see the father.

The word for pope in spanish is written the same as the word for potato.


I'm glad those sentences exist!


Sounds like a line from a Monty Python skit... "Bring out the Holy Hand Grenade."


The legendary holy potato! It's been a while since I last saw it mentioned in a lesson.

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    Die heilige Kartoffel! Die lebe hoch, hoch, hoch!


    What's holy potato?


      A recurring theme to make Duolingo's sentences slightly more memorable!


      And why would anyone want to remember this?

      [deactivated user]

        I, for one would like to remember the correct use of "möchten". Why? Well, the modal verbs are pretty important in German.


        Comprehension is important too, you know.


        French fries branch of pastafarianism? Love it! :)


        is this some sort of german equivalent to the flying spaghetti monster


        In another post, someone stated that eating the skin of the holy potato would give the eater instant recall of the correct gender of all German nouns. Eating the flesh will give the eater the ability fo use the correct case for all German nouns, pronouns and adjectives. Just viewing it is said to triple one's comprehension of German grammar. Apparently, the holy potato is hidden somewhere high in the swiss Alps, and no one has ever actually seen it. I sincerely hope to find it some day, as it is probably the only chance I have of ever getting German grammar completely correct.

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          It has to do with a video game, I believe, and Japanese animation.


          Maybe it is from Doitsuism, a religion based off the Hetalia character Germany, or "Lord Doitsu." The three most sacred items of the Doitsu religion are the potato, wurst, and beer, which form the "Holy Trinity" of the Doitsu religion.

          [deactivated user]

            Sie ist da drüben, das unsichtbare rosa Einhorn nebenan.

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