"Eine Frau, ein Mann"

Translation:A woman, a man

September 30, 2015

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What is the difference of Eine and ein?

September 30, 2015


You use "eine" for nouns that are grammatically feminine and "ein" for nouns that are grammatically masculine or neuter.

The gender of a noun (whether it's masculine, feminine, or neuter) can't always be predicted, so you should learn the gender along with the word.

So instead of learning "Frau", learn "eine Frau" or "die Frau" so that you will know that it's feminine.

With a woman it may seem obvious, but with "das Messer, die Gabel, der Löffel" (the knife, the fork, the spoon) it's not particularly obvious why each implement has the gender that it does.

September 30, 2015


Thank you so much for helping us sir :) ,

I want to travel to Germany to study there , how much time do i need to talk like the people there without problems ?

December 12, 2015


No more than 2 years, but if you joke around it'll take longer

March 20, 2018


You will never talk like a native. It's not possible.

To tell you how long you can have the C1 or C2 level, nobody can tell you as none knows how much and how you study the language.

February 8, 2018


Thank you for the reply. I hope I can finish this course. Quick question: How long does it take to master this language?

September 30, 2015


Your whole life, just like every other language.

Have you mastered English? Have your novels and poetry been compared to Jane Austen or Shakespeare or Robert Frost? I know mine haven't.

September 30, 2015


I love this answer! Can I borrow it whenever someone asks me how long it takes to master a language?

September 30, 2015


Go right ahead!

I find it such an ill-defined "goal", and today I couldn't resist snarking about it.

September 30, 2015


@Mizinamo I love your answer!

January 5, 2018


Finishing this course on Duolingo will allow you to reach level A2 to B1: http://www.deutsch-als-fremdsprache.org/en/faq/323-what-does-language-level-a1-a2-b1-b2-c1-and-c2-mean.html , – you will need to put much more work and energy into it, however, if you are looking for proficiency sufficient for a professional capacity.

September 30, 2015


Not to long at least for me but I am an native german speaker so yeah but it seems quit easy after seeing my friend learn german as a newby.

April 2, 2016


Awesome, now I know the difference between the two.. Thanks

February 13, 2018


So why ein madchen ?

March 11, 2018


It's ein Mädchen (not "madchen"!) because the noun Mädchen is grammatically neuter.

And, for example, eine Person "a person" because the noun Person is grammatically feminine -- even though a person can be male or female.

The grammatical gender of a noun does not necessarily correspond to the natural gender of the thing the noun refers to.

March 11, 2018


Is it different about "das and der" to boy and man?

June 28, 2018


The words Junge (boy) and Mann (man) are both grammatically masculine, so it's der Junge, der Mann.

June 28, 2018


Both are 'a' word only but ein is used for male gender as well as for girl and eine is used for female gender

March 30, 2018


Nein. Ein is used for masculine and neuter (not "girl") objects. Eine is for nouns with feminine gender.

It may seem nit-picky, but it will help in the long run to keep the concepts of male and female separate from masculine and feminine. Grammatical gender (masculine, feminine, neuter) and anatomical sex (male, female) are entirely different; they are often unrelated and/or counter-intuitive concepts.

March 30, 2018


eine is usually feminine and ein is usually masculine

September 22, 2016



November 12, 2016


eine is always feminine but ein can be masculine or neuter.

November 12, 2016


Please try to helping me for learning German language

February 27, 2018


I think the Duolingo course will be most useful for you once you already speak English well.

February 28, 2018


Ones feminine the other. Is masculine. Like in Spanish, adding "a" makes it feminine. In German, adding the "e" makes it feminine

December 30, 2015


No, nothing in common between Spanish (Latin language) and German (Germanic language).

February 8, 2018


Eine in for females and ein is for male

September 15, 2016


That's not always true.

ein Mädchen "a girl" uses ein to refer to a female, and eine Person "a person" or eine Geisel "a hostage" could refer to a male person or hostage, for example.

eine is for grammatically feminine words, not necessarily for words referring to females.

October 3, 2016


Quick tip to save you all time. LOOK AT THE TIPS AND NOTES.

You can access it by going to the website version of duolingo, pc or mobile.

So many times I see people asking basic questions that were covered by the tips and notes section, near the start of all the duolingo language courses.

Every lesson has a tips and notes section, please read them.

December 13, 2015


What is the difference about lady or women

May 18, 2017


All ladies are women, but not all women are ladies.

What that means is: "lady" is a word which tends to ascribe/imply certain virtuous traits to a woman, which is otherwise a purely biological distinction (i.e., female). It is the polite and genteel way of referring to a woman.

Consider that "Lady"--in the context of "Lady MacBeth" or "Lady Diana Spencer"--is a royal title, akin to "Lord".

And now, stand by for complaints that "Lady" is demeaning and unacceptably misogynistic in modern society.

May 18, 2017


And in the context of learning German:

a woman = eine Frau

a lady = eine Dame

(Though that's not used as a title in German -- when we talk about English speakers who use the title 'Lady', we simply borrow the title. For example, Diana is often known as "Lady Di" in German.)

Bonus: "ladies and gentlemen" (as a polite term of address for a group of people) is (sehr geehrte) Damen und Herren.

And the equivalent of "Mr Smith and Mrs Taylor" is Herr Schmidt und Frau Schneider.

(i.e. literally perhaps "Gentleman Smith and Woman Taylor".)

May 18, 2017


Thanks I really confused as why I got it wrong •Π•

May 18, 2017


I wrote - A woman, a man. or A wife, a husband. I got it wrong. Why?

March 16, 2016


It's not totally wrong.

»Frau» means «wife» or «woman» according to the context.

If you have «Die Frau» (the woman) alone, it's never the wife.

Here, you have not really a context, that's difficult to know if it's the woman or the wife.

February 8, 2018


I'm pretty sure Duolingo only excepts one valid answer.

August 17, 2016


I know that multiple translations can be accepted for a single sentence.

It's up to the course developers how many and which sentences to accept, though - some may only have one accepted translation, some may have dozens of accepted translations.

August 18, 2016


True, but I don't think we can answer with both/alternate answers at the same time.

I had never tried to put in two answers at once before, but just did a lesson where I tried several times. Best example is depicted here: dualDuoAnswerDepiction

I tried also using an "or" between the alternate answers: still not accepted.

Granted, this is a small, anecdotal test, but given that this one should DEFINITELY have two acceptable answers (determining the meaning of "sie" in this sentence is completely dependent on a larger context) I would never routinely give two answers: the likelihood of dual answers being accepted seems very, very low.

Maybe that's not what jumpingeor meant (and maybe SaralsCool123), but that's the way I read it. If jumpingeor had included a screen shot or used quotes to be precise, it would have clarified the matter.

August 27, 2016


Ah. No. I would not expect Duo to accept more than one valid answer at a time -- only instead of, not in addition to.

So in your case, "I will test her" and "I will test them" should each (separately) be accepted, but not both together, no matter how they are joined ("and", "or", period, space, ...).

If there are multiple translation possibilities that come to mind, you should pick one and just enter that one - whichever one it is.

August 27, 2016


Is the 'r' in Frau silent? Or is it supposed to be very subtly pronounced? I'm finding that word a bit tough.

July 15, 2016


Subtly pronounced. It is not nearly as strongly enunciated as in English. It makes me think a little of Elmer Fudd.

August 27, 2016


wow you have to put the capitals and the comma

September 10, 2016


The capitals are really essential in German.

December 16, 2016


Wait what?! I don't have to do that

September 2, 2017


Na ja . . . , although failure to use capitals and/or correct punctuation in DuoLingo will (rarely) result in your answer being marked wrong.

Still, it is a good idea to practice using the correct capitalization and punctuation rules if you want to communicate (and/or read) effectively.

September 2, 2017


i have a question ,

if for example there is a word in English starting with a vowel, but when translated in German it will not, so will it still be followed after "an" or "a" ?

it might be really silly .. I'm a bigginer or an Anfänger or a Anfänger ... Agrrrr

July 1, 2017


The "an/a" distinction is not relevant auf Deutsch. Easiest solution is to translate the article along with the noun. So, use "ich bin ein Anfänger" or "I am ein Anfänger."

July 1, 2017


Though I realize this question is three months old, I'd just like to chip in for any future readers.

I would disagree with zengator. True, the "a/an" distinction does not apply to German grammar, but while using a loanword in an English sentence it would. Words beginning with a vowel use "an" and words beginning with a consonant use "a".

While writing it out as "I am ein Anfänger" would be understood here, or in other bilingual circumstances, I would generally be tempted to use,

"I am an Anfänger."

October 17, 2017


You misunderstood Zengator's answer.
He says it was not relevant in German, not it was not relevant about borrowed German words (if Anfänger was, ) in English. (Anfänger = beginner in English)

He wrote «I am ein Anfänger» as an example, to make understand «Ich bien ein Anfänger», and «ein» is not a «an», not to teach English.

February 8, 2018


How can i pronounce "eine"? Should i pronounce it as "ai-ne"?

August 22, 2017


It is rather difficult to write out how to pronounce a word. Better you should refer to various websites with recordings, such as:
- https://forvo.com/search/eine/de/
- http://www.dict.cc/?s=eine

August 22, 2017


It's trivial if you use the International Phonetic Alphabet: /ˈʔaɪ̯nə/

June 29, 2018


Why is it different from a junge and a girl?

September 8, 2017



"Boy/Junge" and "girl/Mädchen" imply youth, whereas "Mann/Man" and "Frau/Woman" imply adulthood.

October 2, 2017


Can you also say "Eine Frau und Mann" the same way you can say "A man and woman" and not "A man and A woman" in English?, or for any list of nouns in a sentence in German?

April 29, 2018


if i posted "a woman, a man" instead of " A woman, a man, does it really make such a huge difference?

December 8, 2015


Assuming that you meant to close the quotes after the second man, and that your question is basically about whether capitalizing the "A" makes a difference: no, not to die Eule. But one should still strive to practice the rules regarding capitalization, which are fairly simple:

  • in English, capitalize the first word in a sentence and all proper names
  • auf Deutsch, großschreiben das erste Wort des Satz und alle Substantive oder Namen
August 27, 2016


How come there 2 a's you could just do Eine

August 26, 2016


No you can not. That would be "A woman man." or "A woman, man."

The phrase (it is not a sentence) presented is similar to a list. Either each item in the list gets its own article, or no items have an article. Additionally, if one uses articles, all would normally be either definite (der, die, oder das) or indefinite (ein oder eine).

An argument can be made that one could mix indefinite articles with no articles if the list were composed of both singular (receiving an article) and plural items, e.g.:

  • a man
  • a woman
  • children
  • a dog
  • cats
  • a horse

This is because there is no plural indefinite article.

Potentially, in specific context, one could mix definite and indefinite, but consistency and organized thought prefer no mixture.

August 27, 2016


Do I pronounce eine the same as ein?

October 31, 2016


No. eine has a shwa at the end - the indistinct vowel found in the first syllable of about.

October 31, 2016


Thank you! I wasn't sure because of the way the robot voice girl was saying it.

October 31, 2016


i thought ein/eine meant one, not a

November 24, 2016


It is used for both in German - there is no distinction in writing between "one" and "a".

November 24, 2016


One is to count, «a» is the article. (Ein/eine). If you don't count, it's the normal article «a man».

February 8, 2018


why does it hafe to be in CAPS!

February 3, 2017


None of the words is in all caps.

But all the nouns in this sentence have their first letter capitalised because all nouns in German have their first letter capitalised.

It's a rule of German spelling just like English has a rule capitalising things such as "French" or "July" which are lower-case in some other languages.

February 3, 2017


What the heck is the difference between eine und ein

July 15, 2017


Declension. Eine is for feminine; ein is for masculine (in the Nominativ) or neuter (Nominativ und/oder Akkusativ).

Not to scare you off, but take a look at this link at polydog.org for a nice primer.

July 16, 2017


Why not number 1?

September 18, 2017


1 = one, not a/an.

1 is to count. «a/an» is an article.

February 8, 2018


"Eine" is for "woman", "ein" is for "man".

October 29, 2017


Is the German "r" gargled like le français? Or rolled like the Spanish "r"?

April 4, 2018


There are various pronunciations of the sound "r" in both Germany and France.

But the most common or standard version is the same in both languages -- a voiced uvular fricative [ʁ], not a trill.

In the word Frau, though, it is likely to sound like an unvoiced uvular or velar fricative [χ~x], due to voicing assimilation after the unvoiced [f].

April 4, 2018


Why is this showing up in the genitive section along with "I am a boy"?

October 24, 2015


Perhaps to reinforce the basic nominative forms as a contrast to the genitive declension.

November 29, 2015


When you say frau it means miss. Then why isn't my answer correct?

March 15, 2016


Because when you say "Frau", is does NOT mean "miss".

"Miss" before a name, as a title, is "Fräulein", though that title (like "Miss") is going out of fashion.

"Frau" as a title before a name is "Mrs" or, if you want "Ms" (which is pronounced "miz", as far as I know -- not "miss").

But when used by itself (not in front of a name), it cannot mean that.

March 15, 2016


why can't it be lady and women for eine frau

August 30, 2016


"lady" is a more polite word than "woman", and would be better translated by Dame in German.

"women" is plural, so it's also wrong.

August 31, 2016


I typed a women, a man. why did it count this wrong

October 26, 2016


You need to check your spelling. You should type: a womAn, a man. WomEn is the plural form but we want the singular: woman.

October 31, 2016


The woman, The man right?

November 6, 2016


No -- not "the" woman/man but "a" woman/man.

November 7, 2016


i typed the right answer, but it said i was wrong

November 8, 2016


You may need to check your spelling. Duolingo can be very specific about certain terms. For example, many people type "a womEn" when the correct answer is "a womAn". If you can send your answer, we may be able to explain what the problem is.

However, any problems you experience with the app/website should be reported by clicking "report a problem". If you are using the app on your phone, this will appear as a flag after answering the question. By reporting the problem this way, the technical team can work to fix the issue.

November 9, 2016


Frau can mean woman too. I should not have gotten this wrong!

March 27, 2017


The "best" translation, the one I see at the top of this sentence discussion page, has "A woman, a man".

What did you type? "An woman", perhaps? What were you "corrected" to ?

March 27, 2017


ummm whats the diffrance

October 16, 2017


Hey GHkHEy, I'm not sure what the two things you are comparing are exactly. Are you inquiring about the difference between "Ein" and "Eine"? If so, the former is used when referring to a single masculine or neuter noun. The latter is used when referring to a single feminine noun.
Additionally, this is unaffected by the following word's vowel or consonant sound (unlike English).

Ein Apfel (masc.) = An apple
Ein Kind (neut.) = A child
Eine Frau (fem.) = A woman

October 17, 2017


But I'm deaf...

November 9, 2017


You can turn it off in settings... https://www.duolingo.com/settings/account

November 10, 2017


consistently in this test, you classify "Frau" as "woman" and "Mann" as "man." But depending on context, they could just as easily mean "wife" and "husband"; "Frau" could also mean "Mrs." So without providing the context, it is impossible to know how to translate - and you mark multiple answers as "wrong".

November 27, 2017


There is context here -- eine Frau is not in a possessive context, so the meaning "wife" is ruled out, and Frau is being treated as a noun (with indefinite article before it) rather than as a title before a family name, so the meaning "Mrs" is ruled out. Only the primary meaning "woman" is possible here.

November 28, 2017


A lady, one man

December 18, 2017


See Mizinamo's response to KittyKat10983 above.

December 19, 2017


Why «one» man? It's a woman, a man. One = 1.

And why «lady»? Lady = Dame in German.

February 8, 2018


What is the difference between ‘Eine’ and ‘Ein’?

I am curious about this

January 17, 2018


Welcome to DuoLingo. You'll find that most of the time--especially when just beginning--that any question you might have has already been asked and answered in the comments.

Bonus: when looking for your specific question, you'll often find answers to questions you haven't had yet.

January 18, 2018


How are you supposed to know if it means woman or lady? Because I put woman for this and it told me I got it wrong and it's actually lady? I'm very confused

January 21, 2018


Please include your entire answer when asking a question. The rationale behind the correction often lies in the other words. "A woman, a man" is in fact the preferred answer.

January 22, 2018


Please tell me that if ein is used for masculine then why is ein used for mädchen that is girl..

March 30, 2018


ein is used for masculine and neuter nouns.

The noun Mädchen is grammatically neuter -- that is why it takes ein.

The grammatical gender of nouns does not necessarily relate to the biological gender of the thing that the word refers to.

Löffel "spoon" is masculine, even though it's not even alive. Person is feminine, even though a person can be male or female. And so on.

You have to learn the grammatical gender of a word when you learn the word.

March 30, 2018


why is it telling me in one place the woman, a man is correct and in another incorrect? If both are correct it should be graded that way?

April 4, 2018


Where is it showing that "the woman, a man" is a correct translation of "Eine Frau, ein Mann"? Please provide a screen shot, because it is quite likely you are simply not noticing the distinction between "die" und "eine".

April 4, 2018


What is it like to be able to speak another language, is it fun, is it scary, is it boring. What is it like to have a full conversation with someone who speaks the same language as you. do people treat you the same or do they treat you differently.

April 9, 2018


Can somebody recommend a German to English dictionary? I think while I'm doing this app I want to be writing down words to familiarize myself with them and make it easier to spell and maybe pronounce them better

August 23, 2018


what role does Vowels play in German, like in ein and eine? Are they similar to the English one?

September 21, 2018


I think you're confusing the word "vowel" with "indefinite articles".

The vowels are A, E, I, O, U, Ä, Ö, und Ü (lc: a, e, i, o, u, ä, ö, und ü).

In English, one vowel--"a"--is also the indefinite article used when the following word begins with a consonant sound. (If the following word begins with a vowel sound, then the indefinite article used is "an".) Examples:

  • a dog, a bird, a car, a big ape
  • an apple, an uncle, an orange, an unhappy camper
  • a uniform
  • an honest man
  • a hotel, an hotel

The last three examples show how it is the initial sound of the following word that makes a difference. The final example may actually vary depending on how "hotel" is pronounced. In the U.S., the h is pronounced, and so "a" is used. In the U.K., the h may not be pronounced (so the word sounds more like "oh-tell") and so "an" is used.

Auf Deutsch the indefinite article is ein, which is inflected to agree in number and Gender with the noun it is introducing: ein, eine, einer, eines, einen, oder einem. (Note that eins--with only the initial e--is the German word for "one".)

You might want to read this concerning indefinite articles, and to study this declension table.

September 22, 2018


Doesn't "Frau" also translat as "Wife"?

September 30, 2018


Only in a possessive context, e.g. meine Frau = “my wife”.

Otherwise it is just “woman”.

October 1, 2018


I’ve heard that capitalizations are essential in German. Why is that so?

October 18, 2018


Words are capitalized (first letter only) in German when they:

  1. are the first word in a sentence,
  2. are proper nouns (i.e., names such as James or Mary or Rover)
  3. are nouns
  4. are the second-person, formal pronouns (Sie, Ihr, Ihnen, etc)

Why? Well, you may as well ask why rules 1 and 2 are used in English, Spanish, French, and many (most? all?) European languages. Convention. Protocol. Tradition.

(Note that unlike English, the first-person pronoun, ich, is not capitalized, unless rule 1 applies.)

October 18, 2018


It's easier to read if everyone agrees on a standard spelling.

Capitalisation happens to be part of the standardised spelling rules.

October 18, 2018


I put man first what the heck and it marked it wrong??

February 9, 2017


Genau. How is the system supposed to know whether you're:

  • (a) confused about whether Frau means "woman" or "man" (and vice-versa) or

  • (b) so proficient at learning new languages that you're ready to start mixing and shifting and using all sorts of creative and abstract alternatives and variations?

The answer is: it can't. So, instead, it treats anyone working at a beginner level as a beginner. So, if you are an expert, perhaps this is not the place for you.

February 10, 2017


Eine = one...not A..thank you!

January 9, 2018


eine can mean "one" or "a" or "an".

ein can mean "one" or "a" or "an".

The distinction between the two has to do with grammatical gender: ein before masculine or neuter nouns, eine before feminine nouns. It's completely unrelated to whether English would use "a", "an", or "one".

January 9, 2018


When you count, you say «one man», in English, you normally would use the article «a/an» when you are not counting things.

February 8, 2018
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