"Nein, ich bin kein Türke."

Translation:No, I am not a Turk.

October 19, 2015

96 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kawaiimaya

I am Turkish =) I guess I won't use this sentence at all.

March 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonathands

well , maybe you might become a spy?

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raulssorban

Or become an actress

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaciLacsi

One could always sey "No, I'm not Hungarian" .... (o:

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KevinMP80

Then use the confirming form with "Ja...." ;-)

January 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErnestBlanco

Can it also be "no i am not turk"

October 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LatoyaScho

Thats what I said

November 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuiRela

So? I also put "i am not turk" and it corrected to "i am no turk", why?

November 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pedanther

"I am no Turk" is a valid English sentence, though to my ear it sounds formal and old-fashioned. "I am not a Turk" would be more common. I suspect Duolingo suggested the first one because it was only one letter different from your attempt, without paying attention to common usage.

November 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrnpcFTMarkRMOwl

Yes, although I don't agree that it's mostly old-fashioned. I think it's got two kinds of special contexts in which it is usually used. See my post above.

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katherine928756

why are we learning this word?

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thesaccboyy

Because it is important when learning this language. If you go to Germany ever just know that a significant percent of the population is Turkish, and it is important to know this word if you speak German.

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian91341

Why the obsession with turks?

June 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bvjgcigh

Turks are a significant minority in Germany.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chopstickandfork

Not even a minority

July 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ueOO5

Is this sentence that important?

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy139709

Is being asked if you are a Turk offensive? It seems to hint at being derogatory. I dont know German culture well enough but it seems inappropriate to me. I

June 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurentMontesi

There are a lot of Turk immigrants in Germany. They haven't been welcome by everyone.

September 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmineKarak664247

Racism is sadly very common.

March 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Someguy580705

That akward moment when Turks are not a race.

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ludwig831091

This sentence may be useful then

May 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crklar

Turk? I always though was "turkish".

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fernshade

The adjective is 'turkish' but a noun is 'Turk'

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabbatore79

me too

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheTacoGirl

I am pretty sure Turk is short for Turkish.

November 5, 2015

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    It's not short, it's the noun. Turkish is an adjective.

    November 12, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheTacoGirl

    That is kinda what I ment but I didn't know the word, and thanks

    November 13, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thekyledeauna

    I just learned that today.

    November 7, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheTacoGirl

    Oh really?

    November 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hating_Mirror

    Guy Ritchie and Statham love this exercise

    March 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danwick16

    Another classic Duo phrase I am unlikely to use!

    August 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TEMUCHINYONGA

    It's funny that they have added this sentence, since they tend to ask any brown/dark-brunette person if they are Turkish or not in Europe since last a couple of decades.. no, they are not, they may have came from the Turkey though... But the answer is "Nein, ich bin Kein Türke/Türkin.". I think 'twas kind of necessary to add this sentence in German language learning course =)

    June 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuizai

    the word "turk" haunts me

    August 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamesemccann

    Kommen Sie aus Istanbul oder Constantinople?

    April 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samLudwig7

    retake Constantinople!

    June 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivan815320

    Why use only turk and not also other nationalities?

    September 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

    I always wondered that too. Might be just random but given the history of Germany and Turkey it seems an awkward choice to single out. Does it have an idiomatic meaning?

    September 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SchonBaume

    because majority of German population are from Turkey.

    June 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ster584623

    "How happy is he who says "I am a Turk."." M.K.Atatürk

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Someguy580705

    Well, happier than an Armenian...

    June 14, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarLuva1

    The way this sentence is pronounced in the app (at least, in the male voice), the vowel in "Türke" sounds more like "u" than "ü". Anybody else feel like this pronunciation is off?

    May 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CainVarley1

    WHY IS IT RANDOMLY TEACHING US ABOUT TURKS? someone explain to me if they kniw why duolingo is throwing it in there...

    August 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/selimbasef

    since there are lots of turkish people in germany, you may need to use this sentence as an answer for probable questions.

    August 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marian150342

    I presumed at first that the object of the lesson was to teach us that you don’t say “I am not A Turk” in German, ie that you don’t use the indefinite article. But now I have realised that they use ‘kein’, so is that the equivalent of ‘not a’, or is it just ‘not’ here? I know my question is confusing, but I am confused. They say “Ich bin Türke”, whereas we would say ‘I am A Turk”. And I think “Ich bin ein Türke” is incorrect. When I think of other examples I get more confused. For example, “Ich bin Englander”, correct I think. Ich bin Americaner, correct I think. Ich bin Irlander, incorrect. Lack of consistency in both German and English, so we potentially have to learn every nationality? Why, for example, can we say “I am not American” and “I am not an American”, but we can only say “I am English” or “I am an Englishman/woman/person”. The beauties of language.

    September 1, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLeason

    And why, would I ever need to say this?

    January 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsIreneAdler

    It's imporant, if you want to become friends with a Greek living in Germany. ;)

    August 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiMeCriss

    I'm Romanian, why would I be a Turk? xd

    November 10, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robeypointer

    I just popped in to say I think it's really funny that we aren't even learning how to count yet, but it's important that we learn how to make sweeping declarations about someone's ancestry.

    June 15, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kitbits

    My translation was "No, I am not a turkish man". Why do you think it was marked as incorrect?

    February 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fridelain

    Because you added a word which was not in the original and altered the meaning. The original phrase may be spoken by a woman, a child, or, in fiction, by an animal or animated item, like a rug.

    'I am not Turkish. Look at my label, it says "Carpet, Made in China"'.

    :^)

    March 15, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

    Talking Turkish Teppisch? #denglish

    March 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsiyeErdl

    Unfortunately, I cannot use this sentence

    April 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squidfaic

    This was a sentence I needed to know

    April 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BurakTopal3

    Turk duolingoda da turk . Yorumlara gel

    September 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarah961746

    I am not turkish

    November 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merotzia

    Bit off the wall . I am not Americano

    July 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rs.fernando

    useful phrase

    July 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/riveradegracia

    No, I am not a Turk

    July 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafiShapir

    shouldn't "nicht" be used instead of "kein" because the word "Turkish" (turke) is an adjective

    July 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Furkan__

    Türke is a noun.

    July 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLfpTihYug

    I have not yet encountered the words Schvestren or Turke in the cous=rse.

    July 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia626052

    Is it strictly, "No, I am not a Turk," or would, "No, I am not Turkish," also be acceptable? I know it amounts to the same thing, but literally, in English anyway, the words are not the same. In different context, the individual word Turkish could refer to anything from Turkey, whereas a Turk is a Turkish person. This may seem like a stupid and obvious question, but sometimes, in German (and other languages), words and phrases that are said differently in English are said the same in German, or vice versa. Is this one of those instances?

    July 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elardus

    Olivia, it is not a stupid question. Just like in English, 'I am not a Turk' and 'I am not Turkish' are both meaningful in German, being 'Ich bin kein Türke' and 'Ich bin nicht türkisch' respectively. The hardest thing for me personally to get used to is that the affirmative case of the fist statement, ie 'I am a Turk' translates to just 'Ich bin Türke'. It seems to me that German do not use the infinite article in these noun cases, for example also 'Ich bin Architekt' instead of 'I am an architect'. I am not sure whether the non-use of the indefinite article is optional, so I'd like to know from an authoritative source whether 'Ich bin ein Architekt' is completely wrong?

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanDimi

    Is "no, I'm not Turk" wrong in this example?

    October 7, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nacreousnereid

    Yes, your answer in English is wrong.

    January 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ijbrito

    roach in german?

    November 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siriacayingfa

    What does this phrase means?

    January 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nacreousnereid

    It means "I am not a person of Turkish ancestry" and is likely a response to someone asking "Are you a Turk?"

    January 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siriacayingfa

    What does this phrase means?

    January 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLeason

    Is this a common misunderstanding in Germany?

    February 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nacreousnereid

    Actually, I bet it is. According to Wikipedia, Turkish people are the largest ethnic minority in Germany.

    January 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichalKozak

    It's my bad understanding of english. Why "I'm not Turk" is wrong and should be "no" instead?

    February 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nacreousnereid

    In English, you must say "I'm not a Turk" - in other languages you don't need the article "a" before "Turk", but in English you do.

    January 5, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evboly

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    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arda0801

    I am a Turk.

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cadence515941

    I already knew what this meant because I watched Drei Turken und ein Baby

    July 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgySushiL

    I thought it was "no, i am not a turkey"

    August 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marian150342

    Ha! That is so funny. As the young ones say: LOL. I did laugh out loud when I read your post

    August 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hermes861

    Hayır, ben Türk değilim.

    August 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

    Why are there no comments? Stupid new sentence discussion layout.

    October 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

    Why are there no comments? Stupid new sentence discussion layout.

    October 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kala_captain

    it says (69) discussions but there are no comments???

    November 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivan534963

    Well, how do you mistake normal person for turkish?

    July 6, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evboly

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    February 3, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danwick16

    Another classic Duo phrase I am unlikely to ever use!

    August 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacquelineB77

    English does not require a space between No,I am not a Turk

    October 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marian150342

    Of course English requires a space after a comma. Why do you think it doesn’t?

    September 1, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafiShapir

    shouldn't "nicht" be used instead of "kein" because "Türke" is an adjictive

    July 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

    It is a noun.

    Noun

    Türke m (genitive Türken, plural Türken, feminine Türkin)

    September 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohamaddir

    It is Turkish not turk

    November 5, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ungewitig_Wiht

    Turkish is an adjective and Turk is a noun.

    A Turk is Turkish.

    November 18, 2015
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