Dear People Learning German
Please be aware that the correct way to replace ä, ö, ü, ß is turning them into ae, oe, ue, and ss, not just taking the dots away or typing "B".
Otherwise, you can get things like,
"Das Wetter ist sehr schwül heute." = The weather is very hot and humid today.
"Das Wetter ist sehr schwul heute." = The weather is very gay today.
well know I know how to call the weather gay
Wow! I tried these letter substitutions in the German course and they are counted as correct! Awesome! In what everyday situations in Germany might someone use the letter substitutions instead of the accent marks? Is this for if someone's computer/phone won't do accent marks? Is it more acceptable to use one method or the other?
It's just the correct way. The main purpose from our perspective today is that it keeps the pronunciation of A/O/U clearly defined. Other than when Ä/Ö/Ü aren't available, you don't need them. Yes, our rules are pretty strict there. We even added a capital version of ß, which I don't know when to use outside of spamming caps lock. because I guess we can't have a letter that has only one version, even if ß is never, ever used capitalised in normal German, because it only appears in the middle or end of words, never at the beginning. (shrug)
I've always used this method for dealing with my keyboard/vowels with umlauts, but about 50% of the time Duo (while marking me correct) says I have a typo. Hmm. Should I flag that for them when it happens, do you think?
Also, I'm very new to using Duo, and I just dove into it about a month ago. I see mentions of tools and notes, but for the life of me I can't find them. I've hit every single icon available. Koennen Sie mir helfen? (I'm using an Android tablet, if that makes any difference.)
I know it isn't quite the gist of the post, but there are keystroke short cuts for the mac that work for each of these.
For umlauts, start the umlaut command with opt+u then immediately type your vowel. For instance, first opt+u, then a = ä
If you want to capitalize it, first opt+u, then shift+your letter (the normal capitalization strokes) opt+u, then A = Ä
And so on.
For the szett, (ess-tzett), it's opt+s = ß
On mobiles, hold the letter down slightly and a small universe of accents and effects on that letter come up. Slide your figure to the one you want.
Took me a while to find all this out.
If using a mobile device, simply install the keyboard of your target language in your phone settings and switch to it in the Duolingo app. The German keyboard has the Umlauts in it. If you are learning Spanish and struggle with the ñ, than simply use the Spanish keyboard. ✌️
I have set up an extension on my browser to create some shortcut keys to help with this. I used = as the shortcut key because it never normally appears mid-word and = on my keyboard is physically close to where the ß key is on a German keyboard. Now, if I type Ma=dchen, my computer corrects it to Mädchen, if I type scho=n it will correct to schön, Stras=e it becomes Straße, and so on. I set the autocorrect to not operate if there is a delay of more the 1 second between the two keys so I can still write a=2+b for math if I want. This way I can type all the accents without taking my hands away from the keyboard.