"Die Äpfel"

Translation:The apples

December 27, 2012

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is there any difference between äpfel and apfel, I mean in pronunciation?


Äpfel - "ape-fell" Apfel - "up-fell"


I'd say more like "ep-ful" for "Äpfel" and "ahp-ful" for "Apfel."


Yeah that sounds good to me!


Way to subtle for my ears


apfel is ['apfəl], äpfel is ['εpfəl]


Apfel with the tow dots on top of the 'a' is 'apples', while apfel with no dots on top of the 'a' is just one apple.


Can someone clarify, about the uasage of die, das and den and where they may be used!



First some background you must understand. In German there are four cases: nominative, accusative, dative and genitive. Basically, nominative is when something is the subject, the giver of the verb. Accusative is taken when something is the direct object, the receiver of the verb. Dative is the indirect object, usually the beneficiary or receiver of the direct object. Genitive is relation or possession. Das Kind gibt dem Sohn des Mannes den Apfel. Das Kind is nominative. dem Sohn is dative. des Mannes is genitive. den Apfel is accusative. By the way, that translates to: The child gives the son of the man (=the man's son) the apple.

Most verbs take accusative as an object but a couple take nominative, some dative and rarely genitive instead. Nominative: das ist sein Name (that's his name), accusative: ich kenne ihren Namen (I know her name), dative: dieses Wort gleicht deinem Namen (this word resembles your name), genitive: sie gedenkt seines Namens (she commemorates his name). Also, some prepositions always take accusative, some take dative, some take both (but not either), some take genitive. Look that up. Accusative: für einen Tag, dative: von einem Tag, either: an einen/einem Tag, genitive: innerhalb eines Tages.

Also, each noun in German takes a gender and it tends to be pretty random but there are several gender hints you can look up which say that certain noun endings tend to have or guarantee a certain gender. In general though, you just have to memorize the noun with its definite article to know its gender: der Apfel, das Haus, die Milch. One would think a tie would be masculine and a skirt would be feminine, but it's the other way around!

Here is the table:

And also for the indefinite articles (a/an):

I hope this helps! Good luck on your German journey. Don't give up!


I need a way to copy and save this. Don't see a way to do that on my Android PDA.


Typically, you can take a screenshot by holding your power and volume down buttons simultaneously for 1-2 seconds. Cheers.


You should also be able to screen shot by swiping your hand flat across the screen surface on an Android.


That's only Samsung phones


Also on Xiaomi, if you enable it


There's this sweet app that I found called "German Articles Grammer" in the Android market, and it has a page similar to this.


In the app, go to "Grammar rules".


Danke TrioLinguist! Just one thing: I'm wondering why plural is listed parallel to masculine and feminine in those charts... does it mean that in German they don't distinguish genders in plural forms?


Good news: Nope!

  • der Bär - die Bären
  • das Bild - die Bilder
  • die Kuh - die Kühe


Thank you for the explanation! This will be very helpful as the amount of words expands.


Thanks for the explanation. However, I don't see the table related to the nouns


Woahh that's amazingly thanks a lot


Is the "Ä" pronounced like the "ay" in "say" or is it pronounced in a different way?


It's more like "eh"


That is so helpfull! Danke


To my ears it sounds like the "e" sound in "beckon."


What makes this plural?


The umlaut over the A. 'Apfel' is singulair, 'Äpfel' is plural.


Wow this makes English look simple in comparison! :D


It's actually the exact same sound change as 'man' -> 'men'.


Also, in addition to @spiffwalker's comment regarding the umlaut, when it's singular, the article for apple is Der - der Apfel. When it's plural, it's die Äpfel.


How are you supposed to know how to convert a noun from singular to plural?


As in English, it is "just because". There is no logic to it. Follow this rule, except here and here and here.


I'd just like to add that while there is no rule, there are ways to make educated guesses. I would still suggest learning the plural with each noun (especially in beginner stages).


If, for whatever reason, you are unable to use umluats in the spelling, is it acceptable to spell it Aepfel? I know Duo corrects you, but I have gotten away with that sort of spelling with "ue" using online dicionaries such as Leo, and I seem to recall that as being accepted when I took German classes. Any idea?


is there a shortcut key for the umlaut letters on an English keyboard?


Yes, there are several ways

1) alt+different numbers = different letters with umlauts (http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/t49531.html)

2) install a keyboard layout that can type letters with umlauts (Apple extended, Canadian multilingual standard, German, US international, UK extended, etc.)

3) instead of using umlauts, write ae for ä, oe for ö, ue for ü; this is an accepted way to write the letters throughout the German-speaking world


On my Mac it is alt/option + U, then type the letter that you want underneath it. You can also set up your own shortcut preferences, if you wish (at least in WORD).


How can i type umlauts in android typing ?


Press-and-hold the letter instead of just tapping it.


Thank you very much


I know in French, accents on capital letters are optional. Is that the case for German as well, or are they mandatory even for capital letters?


How to tell apple from apples?


Der Apfel vs. die Äpfel. The article differs between the masculine singular and the plural. There's also an accent on the plural form and thus a pronunciation difference as well.


So you know how the apple in singular is "Der Apfel". Now that it's in plural it is "Die Äpfel". So does the der change to die whenever the noun is plural? Thanks


    Yes, all plurals use die (in nominative or accusative case).

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      Hi az_p, what are the article in the other two cases, Genitive and Dative? :)


      Genitive is der and dative is den.

      • die Männer - die Frauen - die Kinder
      • (die Hüte) der Männer - (die Hüte) der Frauen - (die Hüte) der Kinder
      • (mit) den Männern - (mit) den Frauen - (mit) den Kindern
      • (ich sehe) die Männer - (ich sehe) die Frauen - (ich sehe) die Kinder

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        Thank you so much mizinamo! This's very useful.


        How do you capitalize the Ä (I just copied from above but how can I do it for others)


        On a Windows PC, do the following using the number pad on the right side of the keyboard: ALT+142=Ä These work as well: ALT+153= Ö, ALT+154= Ü, ALT+132= ä , ALT+148= ö , ALT+129= ü , ALT+225= ß.

        (I don't know how this would be done on a lap top or a Mac)


        On a Mac, press option+U to get the umlaut, then type a capital A as normal.


        or (at least on mavericks and yosemite) simply hold the 'a' key down and a list of possible accents will pop up.


        During the question press the button next to the row of special characters and it will capitalize the letters for your selection. Failing that, Start > Search/Run search for "charmap" and it will show all the characters in a single typeface for your perusal :)


        I cant get umlauts on my samsung phone


        Press-and-hold the letter instead of just tapping it.


        So easy! Thanks for that.


        This works on Mac also !!! Thanks !


        Äpfel = ep-full Apfel = up-full


        So what's the difference between "the apple" and "the apples"?

        • the apple - der Apfel
        • the apples - die Äpfel


        Is there any reason why when translating "The apples," the rensponse "Die Aepfel" is listed as having a spelling mistake? A similar thing occurs the "The oil" -> "Das Oel." Is it another umlaut rule I'm unaware of where capitalized umlauted words aren't written like that?


        ohh so if the a has two dots pronounced "ay" that makes it plural????


        Well, first of all, ä is pronounced like the e in elk.

        In this case, the der becoming the plural die, and the a becoming ä makes it plural. A similar pluralisation occurs with der Ofen becoming die Öfen, der Mantel - die Mäntel, die Tochter - die Töchter.

        Keep in mind that this is a pretty uncommon way to pluralise. It is mostly masculine nouns that get pluralised this way (even with masculine nouns, it's fairly rare), there are extremely few feminine nouns that do so (only two), and as far as I know, neuter nouns never form their plural that way.

        Viel Erfolg!

        Edit: I finally discovered a neuter noun of that category: das Kloster -> die Klöster.


        *For some reason it won't show the letters with the dots(What are they called?) anymore


        Why can't Die Apfel be just Apples in English because we can say both with or without the Definite article? So my translation can be either/or as well!


        The problem is you can say a lot of things in one language that pretty well mean the same thing in another language. But on a language course you can pretty well expect to see insistence on translating the words that are given to you. Sometimes changes have to be made in a given construction because of differences in the language.

        However, in this case die/the works perfectly in German and English. Duo asked you to translate two words. You chose not translate one of them. Duo has no way of knowing if that is because you don't know the word or don't understand how it is used. The computer has no way of knowing that you know the word, understand how it is used in both languages but just didn't feel like including it.


        Is there anyone who can tell me how to add the accents and german letters to my keyboard? Im tired of getting things wrong cause i dont have them!


        How can I tell if I should use a "e / en" ending for plural or to modify the word, like in Vater - Väter or Zug - Zeug?


        Well, first of all Zeug has nothing to do with Zug, they're entirely seperate words. As for pluralization, there are many ways to pluralize and it's helpful to remember each word with its plural form (like you should be doing with its article) until you become familiar enough with the art of German pluralization that you can almost always guess the correct plural form.


        We cannot write ae oe oumlets in our phones. Any suggestions


        Try long-pressing the A O U keys; you should get a pop-up window with accented version of those vowels.

        ß is probably on S.


        I just (purposely) spelled "apples" as "aplles" and it got counted as ok. SEE MY POINT? WHY....just WHY is this counted as correct/I get a pass on this spelling error, but when I spell it as "apple" and not "apples" its counted as wrong?!? This is inconsistent and wrong.


        If a small typo results in something that is not an English word, it's considered a typo.

        If a small typo results in something that is an English word, it's considered a mistake (because the system can't tell whether you deliberately used the wrong word -- perhaps because you misremembered what the German word means -- or whether you made a typo).

        "apple" is an English word. "aplles" is not an English word.

        It's consistent if you know what the rules are.


        How can this be wrong? German is Äpfel. How do you figure that the correct answer is with an added "S"???? THE = 1- ONE DOESN'T SHOW A PLURAL BY ADDING AN S. GRRRRRR?


        In German, "the apple" is der Apfel and "the apples" is die Äpfel -- so since the A has an umlaut here (Ä) and the article is die for plural rather than der for masculine, you know that it is several apples.

        English has a few nouns where the plural is formed by changing the vowel (e.g. "one man, two men; one foot, two feet; one mouse, two mice"); German still has that to a much wider extent.


        How do I write the plural of Apfel if I don't have an umlaut keyboard? Is it not Aepfel?


        Aepfel should work, yes.

        If you're on a mobile device, try long-pressing the A key; you might have an Ä on there.


        how i can say äpfel??


        English doesn't use Umlauts (the dots) to change the sound of a vowel, instead English usually just changes the vowel to suit the pronunciation: Man-Men, Woman-Women, or adds an "e" to the end of the word, but that usually changes the the meaning of the word as well as the pronunciation: Pin-Pine, Tin-Tine...

        There aren't many nouns that really change their vowel sounds to indicate plurality (Foot-Feet, Mouse-Mice). English usually just ass "s" or "es" to make a noun plural. We do quite often Change the sound of Articles: This-These-Those, which is a nightmare for new English speakers...

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