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German speaker help please
« on: October 01, 2021, 06:33:15 AM »
Hi
I am trying to join www.roboter-forum.com, a german forum for robots. However although I can select English to display, the verification question remains in german.

Wie lautet die Mehrzahl von Apfel?    Google translates as What is the majority of apple?

Any german speakers know the correct answer ???

Tried New York but that didn't work.

Many Thanks

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Offline awemawson

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2021, 06:56:08 AM »
Obviously Cox's Orange Pippins  :clap:

(sorry, I'll return to the naughty step !)
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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 10:03:07 AM »
Wie lautet die Mehrzahl von Apfel?  Apparently the answer is Apfel but with two dots over the A (umlauts ?).

Sorted now

Thanks for your interest.

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2021, 12:04:22 PM »
Wie lautet die Mehrzahl von Apfel?  Apparently the answer is Apfel but with two dots over the A (umlauts ?).
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As in Ä ? Do tell what that is in English.
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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2021, 12:18:54 PM »
Apparently in Äpfel it is pronounced like the "e" in met.

However in, for example, Mädchen, it is pronounced like the "a" in may. It seems to depend on the word.

Thank you Google  :D

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2021, 01:40:59 PM »
Deepl.com does a better translation if you just enter 'die Mehrzahl'.

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2021, 04:29:33 AM »
Is not the plural of Apple "Overpriced triumphs of form over function, much loved by arty types"? :D

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2021, 04:37:06 PM »
All the vowels have an umlaut version.

It changes the pronunciation from, say, 'a' as in apple, to 'a' as in ache. I.e it 'hardens ' the pronunciation.

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Re: German speaker help please
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2021, 05:32:00 AM »
Apparently in Äpfel it is pronounced like the "e" in met.

However in, for example, Mädchen, it is pronounced like the "a" in may. It seems to depend on the word.

Thank you Google  :D

It's exactly the same sound in 'Mädchen' as in 'Äpfel' - 'Ä' or 'ä' are always pronounced the same way.
Unlike English, the German written language is almost entirely phonetic with only few exemptions. Unfortunately, the bloody grammar is shockingly difficult to get right..... unless you grow up there, in which case it becomes innate....
Cheers,
Joe