"Das Ei ist weiß."

Translation:The egg is white.

July 1, 2013



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?

September 27, 2013


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)

A good example is to compare Fuß (foot) with Fluss (river): http://www.dict.cc/?s=Fu%C3%9F vs http://www.dict.cc/?s=Fluss

April 11, 2014


it's either one or the other depending on local spelling conventions

September 30, 2013


I like the ß thingy, it's not that hard.

February 24, 2014


can i do the B thingy as ss

August 7, 2013


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.

August 9, 2013


I never see ß in Switzerland in written German, so its really annoying to ever be required to use them here.

August 12, 2013


That goes from place to place, like in English. Not everything is the same in America, UK and Australia, right?

August 17, 2013


In Swiss is used the '' ss'' form.

September 18, 2013


As well as in Lichtenstein

June 6, 2014


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.

October 16, 2013


I was surprised to find the 'ß' when I held down the 's' key on my Android. Cool to see the world get international.

October 1, 2014


Modern tech and software are great!

November 14, 2014


So far Duolingo has accepted ß for ss in everything except essen a few lessons back, & that was only marked as a typo.

December 23, 2013


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.

December 24, 2013


Thank u good info I wilm try this

February 12, 2015


Thanks That cleared things up

April 29, 2015


The B thingy is called an eszett.

September 8, 2013


Ja.. Du can

April 30, 2014


Ja. Du kann

June 13, 2014


I had not learned much German at the time of that comment. Now, Ich sprechen sie deutsch!

July 13, 2014


Ja, du kannst.

June 13, 2014


No,you could use ss if there is no letter like this (ß)

June 7, 2015


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

February 12, 2015


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 ß.

On Windows hold down the Alt-key and type 225 on the number keypad. Let go of Alt and ß should appear.

February 13, 2015


I Just can't wait to learn how to insult this back! ROTFLMAO

March 7, 2015


How do you say this B letter?

March 17, 2015


ß is like ss

March 17, 2015


Why does the German speaker pronounce the "w" like a "tw" here? I thought it was supposed to make an "f" sound?

July 1, 2013


The v makes an f sound. The w makes a v sound.

July 6, 2013


Are you hearing the t from isst?

September 30, 2013


yes, i can.

October 7, 2013


Ist, not isst.

November 15, 2013



How are you formatting your words in this way? They look like a [code] type attribute.

Kind Regards, ~Scott J. Fox

December 24, 2013


w makes a v sound

November 6, 2013


W in german is V sound in English

V sound in german is F sound in English

For example Volkswagen = Folksvagon (in englsh)

July 16, 2014


How do I type an eszett on an Android?

December 23, 2013


Hold down the letter "s" on the keyboard until ß appears.

December 23, 2013


Doesn't the phrase "Ich weiß nicht" mean "I don't know"??!! Can "weiß" mean white too??

July 10, 2014


أيون :-D

July 17, 2015


I don t have double S ! (in my keyboard) want 2know how 2use ,if somebody can explain? Tenx

October 18, 2014


How do you write an Esset?

January 18, 2015


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?

March 15, 2015


What the heck I say it perfectly, I believe I speak better than the duolongo speaker

April 3, 2015


Eggs are brown not white.

Silly yanks

May 30, 2015


The flashcards said "weiss" means "just". I'm confused.

June 13, 2015


Any short ways to pronounce the ss (ß) ?

August 5, 2015
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