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"Wir lesen eine Zeitung."

Translation:We are reading a newspaper.

October 14, 2015

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Can someone explain to me when we can use "lesen" "liest" or "lesse", please? Thanks


That's the conjugation of "lesen":

  • ich lese (I read)
  • du liest (you read)
  • er/sie/es liest (he/she/it reads)
  • wir lesen (we read)
  • ihr lest (you [pl.] read)
  • sie/Sie lesen (they/you [formal, sing.+pl.] read)


Danke!! It confuses me on why there are different variations of some verbs


You have the same in English:

  • I go
  • you go
  • he/she/it goes



Why not magazine ? Why paper?


A magazine is not the same as a newspaper (magazine = Zeitschrift, newspaper = Zeitung).


But on the beginning of this module, you could use magazine = Zeitung


Then it's wrong there.


Can somebody give me explain the differences between read reading and reads?


In German, "read/reads" and "is/are reading" are the same. "He reads a newpaper" and "he is reading a newspaper" are both translated as "Er liest eine Zeitung." "I read a newspaper" and "I am reading a newspaper" are both translated as "Ich lese eine Zeitung." And, as in this example, "We read a newspaper" and "We are reading a newspaper" are both translated as "Wir lesen eine Zeitung."


Newspaper starts with a consonant sound, thus it's "a". You only use "an" when the following word begins with a vowel sound (e.g. "an apple").


You got a lingot bro, thank you. XD Now i can understand this situation properly. Finally


Thanks for your response, I'm happy that I could help.


How do we know whether to put "We are reading a newspaper" versus "We read a newspaper" ? (or like for example is "he reads" versus "he is reading")


You don't know - both "We are reading a newspaper" and "We read a newspaper" translate to German Präsens as there are no continuous/progressive tenses in German. Is it really that important to know...? When I started learning English it seemed weird to me that it is necessary to make this distinction in English...
However, if you want to emphasize that something is (or was) happening just at that moment (where you would use a progressive tense in English), you can add the little word "gerade" in German: "Wir lesen gerade die Zeitung."


ohhh so it's just the same ok thanks so much :D :)


Would this only describe a situation where two (or more) people are reading the same newspaper or could it also describe where two people are each reading their own newspaper?


Why is it eine instead of ein? Isn't eine for feminine things?


It is, and "Zeitung" is feminine. Don't try to find the logic why s.th. is neuter/feminine/masculine, it's arbitrary. Therefore it's better to speak of neuter/feminine/masculine nouns, not things.


It is incorrect


What is incorrect?


Hello. Since it's hard to remember the gender of every word, can we figure out a word's gender based on the article used in the sentence? Or is there a better method to it?

Help will be much appreciated, thank you. :)


Wouldn't it be "einer", as the newspaper is direct object?


When I click on the microphone to repeat the sentence, it always says I'm wrong! For some reason, either it's not hearing me or something else is wrong? Does anyone else have this problem? Thank you in advance for any help.


I had it at first. Then I removed the audio drivers reinstalled the latest . That worked.


What is the proper vowel pronunciation for the first 'e' in "lesen"? When I click the sound recording for the entire sentence, it sounds LEEzen, but when I hover over the individual word, it sounds like LAYzen. Are both used?


Why it sounds like "die" in the beginning of the sentence?


what is defference between ein, eine and einen? When to use wich?


I said it exactly and it marked it wrong.


This is so easy!!!!!! I LOVE GERMAN!!!!!! Follow me plz!!!!


i said the right thing and it said i was wrong i hate these audio things


Why is it "eine" instead of "einen"? Isn't it supposed to be in the accusative form??


Yes, it's supposed to be in the accusative form, that is why the feminine accusative eine is used here.

einen is specifically masculine accusative, but Zeitung is a feminine noun.

Feminine and neuter nouns, as well as all plural nouns, have an accusative form that looks exactly like the nominative form. Only masculine singular nouns have an accusative form that looks distinct.


If I invert the nominative and the accusative when the noun is not masculine, how can I tell each one apart?

e.g. - Die Frau isst einen Apfel - Einen Apfel isst die Frau

e.g. - Die Frau isst eine Banane -Eine Banane isst die Frau

By the way does it still make sense?


I heard "du lesen eine zeitung" February 2018

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