So how do you know when to spell with "ss" and when to spell with the eszett? Is there a rule or do you just have learn (i.e. memorize) as you expand your vocabulary?
an ß usually shows that the vowel (in this case the ei) before it is long and that the "s"-sound is sharp. The -ss often indicates a short vowel followed by a sharp s , but there are some additional rules (E.g. ei, eu, au, äu are always long)
You can, if you don't have the "ß" available on your keyboard. But strictly speaking it is not correct.
Note that in German crossword puzzles no umlauts or the sharp s (ß) are ever used. I.e. each umlaut is expressed as two letters, the vowel it stems from followed by "e," e.g. "ä" is always written as "ae", "ß" is always written as "ss" in crossword puzzles.
Note also that the spelling was changed (modernized) at the end of the 1990s, so some words that were previously written with "ß" changed to being written with "ss."
For instance, "daß" is now always written as "dass," "Kuß" is now written as "Kuss."
However, many Germans (like me) who did not learn this in school, or don't have to mind their spelling in their job, will always write their words the way they learnt them, i.e. the old way.
That goes from place to place, like in English. Not everything is the same in America, UK and Australia, right?
I learned once that i could use either "ß" or "ss" in the words, so when I was on my smartphone I wrote "Weiss" with "ss", because I don't have "ß" in my keyboard, and I just got a typo. So I was wroth and still don't know why this is an error.
I was surprised to find the 'ß' when I held down the 's' key on my Android. Cool to see the world get international.
So far Duolingo has accepted ß for ss in everything except essen a few lessons back, & that was only marked as a typo.
Hello; Instead of my previous response check Wataya's response here: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/118806$comment_id=1345355
He answers the question better & more accurately.
I had not learned much German at the time of that comment. Now, Ich sprechen sie deutsch!
How do I get the right keybord for the lettering so I won't keep thinking that's a b substitute in this and other sentences. I need Bitte
On what platform?
On Android hold down the letter "s" on the keyboard. A context-menu will appear which should have the
ß listed. Tap on that or slide to that (depends on Android version) and you'll type
On Windows hold down the Alt-key and type 225 on the number keypad. Let go of Alt and
ß should appear.
Why does the German speaker pronounce the "w" like a "tw" here? I thought it was supposed to make an "f" sound?
How are you formatting your words in this way? They look like a [code] type attribute.
Kind Regards, ~Scott J. Fox
W in german is V sound in English
V sound in german is F sound in English
For example Volkswagen = Folksvagon (in englsh)
Doesn't the phrase "Ich weiß nicht" mean "I don't know"??!! Can "weiß" mean white too??
I don t have double S ! (in my keyboard) want 2know how 2use ,if somebody can explain? Tenx
Why isn't it "Das Ei ist weißes" with the es at the end? Is it not accusative case for the adjective? It would be that same ending for nominative as well no?
What the heck I say it perfectly, I believe I speak better than the duolongo speaker