As far as I know, "richtig" has more of a guttural sound, which makes it easy to distinguish between that and wichtig. For example:
The pronunciation of "r" differs depending on where you are from. Google translator and duolingo pronounce it as a voiced uvular fricative. I pronounce it as [ɾ], others might pronounce it as [r].
Cool, thanks. (I pretty much know this now, since the past was a year old. lol but confirmation is all good!)
As far as I know, für wants the Akkusativ "für mich", but in this case, I think it might be du bist mir wichtig, or mir bist du wichtig. (you are important to me) Could be wrong.
They are used for orders/instructions. For example. Saying 'Say hello' requires an exclaimation, even if it's not said in anger.
'o.O I never knew that, ... are you absolutely sure about that? xD It's kinda hard to wrap my head around.
Wow... so it's true! xD I've yet to really notice it when speaking to German folk, ... I'll pay attention next time I'm chatting to my Online German buddy.
One year later, and I've still never noticed this. xD
I was just thinking the same thing. The Frau of Duolingo seemed really excited about some weird stuff!
In German we hardly distinguish between "w" and "v" (and sometimes not between "v" and "f") and that's why some people mispronounce the English "v".
I always thought that "wichtig" meant intelligent. Am I completely off?
Well, yes :P "wichtig" means "important". "intelligent" is "intelligent" in German.
The very first sentence I get in the Adjectives section ^-^ Danke, Duolingo, lol.
I think so, when pronouncing it I think of a guttural hiss like a cat (not a snake)
That is true. The bottom of the page says "vital" but the answer is actually "important"
How is wichtig pronounced? Is the "w" pronounced like that in "wasser"? Will be helpful if someone can break it down into smaller sound units for me.
No, it isn't. 'You are important for me' : du bist wichtig für mich. 'Zu' is used with some particular verbs. For example: Das gehört zu mir -> that belongs to me.
No, what makes you say that? If I did, I would have a blue ring around my avatar and it would say "Admin" when you scroll over it.
This is one of those rare W words in German that isn´t pronounced like a V.
I don't see why "wichtig" cannot be translated as "heavy". I think it is an error to demand the use of "weighty". The use of "important", as an alternative, is only metaphorical.
I'm not sure what you mean. "wichtig" only means "important" and has nothing to do with "weighty" or "heavy".
It's possible or likely that "wichtig" in German and "weighty" in English both derive from the same older root word, but in their modern use they are unrelated in meaning.
I definitely wouldn't rule that out. I disagree with Krueckauer too because "weighty" can mean important. See definition 3: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/weighty?s=t