"Du bist ein Kind."

Translation:You are a child.

October 15, 2015



du bist means (you are)

December 28, 2015


Yeah, in addition, it's the informal singular.

June 25, 2016



June 30, 2017


You are a child

January 2, 2018


What is the difference ein and eine

October 17, 2015


Ein is masculine, while eine is feminine.

October 19, 2015


"Ein" is also used for neuter: ein Kind, ein Messer.

October 19, 2015


How do you tell the difference of ein (male) and ein (neuter)?

May 2, 2017


There is no difference -- the two look, sound, and smell the same.

Usually, you don't have to tell the difference anyway, since nearly always, only one gender will make sense -- and where it could make a difference (e.g. ein Tor, ein Laster), context will usually make it clear which meaning is meant -- just as with nouns that have more than one meaning but the same gender, or like someone who needs to buy "a new pen" in English: if it's a farmer whose pig just broke out of its enclosure, you'll understand it differently from if it's a schoolchild who can't write any more.

May 2, 2017


I love smelling foreign languages

December 29, 2018


That gave me so much help! Thanks!

May 28, 2017


Thank you

August 18, 2017


ein is used for grammatically masculine nouns (ein Mann "a man", ein Löffel "a spoon") as well as for grammatically neuter nouns (ein Kind "a child", ein Mädchen "a girl", ein Messer "a knife").

eine is used for grammatically feminine nouns (eine Frau "a woman", eine Gabel "a fork").

Note that all nouns have a grammatical gender, not just ones referring to humans, animals, or other living creatures (e.g. "fork" is feminine, "spoon" is masculine), and that grammatical gender and natural gender do not always match (e.g. Mädchen "girl" is grammatically neuter, Person "person" or Geisel "hostage" are grammatically feminine even if the person is male).

Also, those are the forms used in the nominative case, used e.g. for the subject of a sentence or coming after "du bist/ihr seid/er ist/...".

In other cases (e.g. the accusative for a direct object), the forms can change - but Duo will teach that when they come up.

May 5, 2016


Ein is used for the male gender and Eine is used for the female gender.( generally)

May 1, 2016


Not generally, it further depends on the case.

May 6, 2016


Thanks for the information ☺

April 23, 2018


Ein is male amd nueter while eine is female

May 31, 2016


... in nominative case. Note that there are three other cases.

May 31, 2016


ein is used for Masculine and Neuter whereas eine us used for Feminine

July 9, 2017


The first is for masculine and the second is for feminine.

November 13, 2018


Ein used for male and neutrals and eine used for females

May 4, 2019


I understand the main reasons for most of the uses of the word"the" but why so manyyy

December 4, 2016


It's just the way German, and many other languages work. There are quite a few other languages that specify words based on gender.

December 17, 2017


is it any different between child and kid? if it isn't I can answer it by either child/kid

November 1, 2015


"kid" is more informal, colloquial. It is not completely equivalent to "child".

November 1, 2015


So, I make my point.. I can use both child or kid, even child is more preferable

November 1, 2015


Yes. Both will be accepted.

January 12, 2016


When you say du in german is it (duh) or (uh)?

March 19, 2016

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    Say the English word "do". And that's it!

    June 19, 2016


    More or less. The English "do" is halfway between the German du and dü (but most Germans dispute tis becaus the are taught that they are the same in school).

    July 9, 2016

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      Oh, okay. I see; personally I would round my lips like when whistling.

      July 9, 2016


      Why kind should be capitalized?

      November 5, 2016


      All nouns are capitalized in German.

      November 6, 2016


      This sentence has two meanings: you are a kid___ you have a kid Am I right?

      November 15, 2016


      No. It only means "You are a child", not "You have a child".

      November 15, 2016


      What is the most accurate translation and why?

      December 22, 2016


      Du bist ein Kind = "You are a child".

      I'd say that's the most accurate translation. It's the only one that comes to my mind - I'm not sure which, of any, "less accurate" but still valid translations you might be thinking of.

      This is a fairly simple sentence and maps very straightforwardly to English:

      • du = you (when speaking to one person whom you know well)
      • bist = are (verb form for du)
      • ein = a(n)
      • Kind = child
      December 22, 2016


      du bist ein kind = you are a child ihr seid ein kind = you are a child whats the difference in usage?

      January 5, 2017


      du bist ein Kind = you are a child. You would use this form when you are talking to one young person (or one person whom you know well) and saying that that person is a child.

      ihr seid ein Kind = you are a child. You would use this form when you are talking to several young people (or several people whom you know well) and saying that all those people together are one child.

      ihr seid ein Kind doesn't make sense, because several people together cannot be one child.

      Very theoretically, Ihr seid ein Kind could also be used if you are speaking to one person who is part of a royal family, and you are saying that this royal person is a child.

      But in practice, this use of Ihr for politeness is pretty much extinct nowadays.

      January 5, 2017


      thankyou. :)

      January 5, 2017


      The usage of ein is just because kid is neuter or masculine..can someone help me!!

      January 7, 2017


      It is because the German word Kind is grammatically neuter.

      January 7, 2017


      Philip Newton! Your explanations are very helpful. I am fluent in Arabic, English and Urdu. I'm trying to learn German now a days. Looking forward to get a lot of help from you in that.

      January 12, 2017


      Thanks so much Philip Newton, :-)

      July 18, 2017



      June 15, 2017

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        What is the German word for "it"?

        July 13, 2017


        Basically es.

        But depending on the grammatical gender of the thing you are talking about, it can also be er or sie.

        For example, Was macht der Hund? Er schläft. Was macht die Katze? Sie trinkt. Das macht das Pferd? Es frisst. "What is the dog doing? It's sleeping. What is the cat doing? It's drinking. What is the horse doing? It's eating."

        July 13, 2017


        Did someone else writed "you ate a child"? :))

        July 16, 2017


        While er ist and er isst sound the same, du bist "you are" and du isst "you eat" sound different, so no confusion should be possible.

        July 16, 2017


        Why does the kind sound like kindt

        December 7, 2017


        Because of a phenomenon called Auslautverhärtung (final consonant devoicing) -- sounds at the end of a word are devoiced and so final -b -d -g sound like -p -t -k.

        Thus, for example, Tod and tot sound identical, and Kind sounds like Kint.

        December 7, 2017


        In the spirit of experimentation, I answered "Thou art a child." Now, the second person singular pronoun and verb form are archaic in English, and used typically only in religious contexts, but very strictly speaking are not incorrect ... (?)

        February 27, 2018


        Possibly. But "thou art" and "he hath" and the like are not accepted, since they are - as you said - not the natural way to express this for most native English speakers. Please use standard written (modern) English, with neither "thou art" nor "I'mma".

        February 28, 2018


        Whats the difference between "du bist" and "sie sind"?

        April 21, 2018


        du bist is "you are" when you are talking to one person whom you know well.

        ihr seid is "you are" when you are talking to several people whom you know well.

        Sie sind (with capital Sie) is "you are" when you are speaking formally or politely, to a person or people whom you do not know well. (No difference between one person or many people here.)

        sie sind is "they are".

        April 21, 2018


        Why do you use bist? Can someone explain it as simple as possible?

        April 27, 2018


        You have to use bist because the subject is du.

        A bit like in English -- if you use "I", you have to say "am"; you cannot say "I is" or "I are".

        Similarly, if you use du then the verb form will be bist -- du bist = you are (when you are speaking to one person).

        April 27, 2018


        i said u are a child but it said it was wrong

        May 9, 2018


        Yes, that is indeed wrong.

        Please use standard written English on the Duolingo course, where the pronoun "I" is capitalised and the pronoun "you" is spelled with three letters, not just one.

        May 10, 2018


        Is "bist du ein Kind?" grammatically correct

        May 16, 2018


        Yes (if you capitalised the first letter of the sentence).

        May 16, 2018


        Why is Kind capitalized?

        August 6, 2018


        Because it is a noun. All nouns are capitalised in German.

        This is mentioned in the tips and notes for the very first unit... if you haven't been reading the tips and notes, I recommend that you start doing so.

        For most users, they're only available on the website https://www.duolingo.com/ , not in any mobile app. Select a unit, then click on the little lightbulb icon in the window that pops up:

        August 7, 2018


        How do you say 'Are you a child?'

        September 20, 2018


        In this case, it's the same as in English:

        The statement has the verb in the second place, after the subject: Du bist ein Kind. "You are a child."

        The yes/no question has the verb at the beginning: Bist du ein Kind? "Are you a child?"

        September 20, 2018


        You are a kid is not wrong either

        October 4, 2018


        Is it oksy to replace child with kid?

        November 28, 2018


        Absolutely! :D

        January 5, 2019


        What the difference of du and dich?

        December 2, 2018


        Roughly the same as between "I" and "me" or "we" and "us" -- du is the nominative form, used for the subject of a verb and dich is the accusative form, used for the object of a verb or after some prepositions.

        December 2, 2018


        Im saying the right thing but it says every word is wrong.

        April 5, 2019


        Can some one help me what is the different about this word? Ein and Eine I don't get it?

        April 29, 2019


        There seems to be a glitch in the spoken German. In one iteration, the speaker pronounces it correctly, "kint," but when I select the word from the options, it pronounces it like English "kind," i.e., "kynd" or "kaind."

        July 1, 2019


        The hard D on kind is pronounced like "dt"

        July 11, 2019


        Im write the You are a child ,but why i get fals ?

        July 12, 2019


        bro i literally wrote (you are a child) how it's saying i'm wrong

        July 14, 2019, 6:17 PM
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