At level 20, nearly every sentence I've encountered regarding meals includes the breakfast, the lunch and the dinner. Many of Duolingo's English translations of the German counterparts do not include the definite article. I had a (German) translation of the English sentence marked wrong because I included the definite article before Mittagessen. Can someone, preferably from Duolingo, comment on the use of definite articles and meals? Are they routinely included in these lessons simply to offer exposure to definite articles? Or are they expected to be used when speaking (German) about meals, with the occasional exception? Many thanks in advance.
Have you ever figured this out? I'm in the same boat, sometimes the meal nouns have a definite article in duolingo and sometimes they don't. I've gotten problems marked wrong as well because I put in the das before a meal noun before
It seems that the definite article is used much more frequently with meals in German than in English, especially in the dative, where it is always used. The longer I study German, the more natural it seems. I know that probably doesn't help much. :)
Do you mean how "das frühstück" means 'the', 'this', or 'that' breakfast, and Duolingo generally accepts one or another?
In my opinion I think it should just say "We are eating breakfast" it sounds weird to say "the breakfast" or "that breakfast".
Typically nouns are preceeded by their definite article. This includes all instances of talking about meals. However, you do not need to inlclude nor do you normally include the article while translating.
You could try this, hope it helps: Say "oo". With mouth still in this position, say "ee". That's it.
In English we say we say" we are eating breakfast". We don't say "we are eating THE breakfast"
The ü is pronounced like ue and you can mimick the correct mouth movement by opening your mouth like a smile and then making your lips into a kiss. So the oo part should be more like the ue in due.
I translated: We have breakfast. But it was considered a mistake. Why?
If you are having problems pronouncing German vowels with umlauts go to http://www.pauljoycegerman.co.uk/abinitio/index.html