https://www.duolingo.com/Paco9dez

Capitalisation in German

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I cannot understand why DL ignores small and capital letters in German.

When I translate "the boys eat rice" with "die jungen essen reis", this answer is accepted as totally correct. And the correct German version "die Jungen essen Reis" is not even suggested in the correction.

Whether we like it or not, German nouns are written with capital letters. Why does Duolingo systematically accept the defective use of German? Capitalisation can be important. An often cited example is the difference between "der Gefangene floh" (the prisoner escaped) and "der gefangene Floh" (the trapped flee).

I do not know of any way to approach DL directly. Who can help? But as I see from browsing the discssions section, this issue has already been intensely discussed in DL.

6 meses atrás

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https://www.duolingo.com/surfx2015
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Entendo o seu ponto de vista. Como na maioria dos casos, a tradução de uma frase com os substantivos não capitalizados, não é dúbia, acredito que o Duolingo aceite substantivos sem capitalização da primeira letra apenas para efeitos de comodidade de quem usa o curso. Alertando devidamente, como um warning, o erro de substantivo não capitalizado. Pelo menos no curso Deutsch/Portugiesisch, substantivos não capitalizados são informados como warning.
Caso ele bloqueasse o progresso, muitos usuários poderiam ter uma percepção de que o curso é enfadonho, o que faria com que abandonassem o mesmo.

6 meses atrás

https://www.duolingo.com/Paco9dez
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Thank you surfx.

Yes, you are right. Only in rare cases a mistake of capitalisation is a problem for comprehension. Nevertheless, imo a language course should teach students proper orthography without annoying sanctions.

I am happy to learn that Portuguese learners of German are warned if nouns are written without an initial capital letter.

All the best for your efforts learning German, even if it is not a simple language!

6 meses atrás

https://www.duolingo.com/surfx2015
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You're welcome

update: I tried a module in Portuguese and another one in English, apparently the warning was taken from both, which is a pity, because it indicated this error in the capitalization :/ (It had been a long time since I had been training in the duolingo tree)

Thank you and good luck to you too !

6 meses atrás

https://www.duolingo.com/Hallorin
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I also cannot see warnings. As a German I really detest this ignorance about our orthography.

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