No, it's really important to understand it in the first lessons, or you won't understand it later.
Formal you is very important in German, and it's the things you learn when you just start to learn a language, the very basics: the pronouns!
Just remember than the polite you (singular or plural, it's the same one), always uses a capitalization for the «S»: Sie. And is conjugated as a plural.
It's like saying «they are» to address only one person or a group of person to be polite. It's not so difficult.
@Zachary Yes, it's like Usted/Ustedes in Spanish.
So while German has different words for the informal "you" in singular and plural (du for singular, ihr for plural), note that there is only one word for the formal "you", which is used for both singular and plural: Sie.
So, here's a summary:
Informal singular: Du bist eine Frau
Informal plural: Ihr seid Frauen
Formal singular: Sie sind eine Frau
Formal plural: Sie sind Frauen
So once again
I am - ich bin.
You are - du bist.
She/he/it is - sie /er/es ist.
We are- wir sind.
YOU ARE- ihr seid.
They are- sie sind.
Plus the formal way (f.e. to the elderly,tachers or in a formal letter) , where you ALWAYS mention the person with a capital letter. But you only use it in a very formal conversation!!! or when you want to be very very very polite!
You are - Sie sind You are (pl) - Sie sind
Burmt sie is fir she..how we can use it here for they??
The German words for "she" and "they" used to be pronounced differently about 1000 years ago, but through sound changes, they now both sound the same.
So sie is both "she / her" and "they / them".
It wasn't planned that way; it just happened.
can someone tell me why it tought me she was sie
Because "she" in German is sie.
And "they" in German is also sie.
They used to look different a couple of thousand years ago, but because of sound changes, they ended up looking and sounding the same.
So now you have to look at the verb to know whether to translate sie as "she" or "they".
I meant the capitalised Sie, which is what abhinav0311 wrote.
I know it's confusing at first and my comment probably didn't help much with that. Here's a bit more detail:
"She" is sie"
The word "she" is always sie in German. If it's at the start of a sentence it needs a capital letter.
"She is a girl" = Sie ist ein Mädchen
"She eats an apple" = Sie isst einen Apfel or Einen Apfel isst sie
In the second example the word order is rearranged and sie is written in lower case because it's not at the beginning of the sentence any more. That's something that will be explained later in the course.
Sie is not always "she"
This is a bit tricky. There are a couple of words in German whose meanings can change if they are written with a capital letter or not, and this is one of them.
As mentioned above, the word Sie could just be sie ("she") at the start of a sentence. That's ok. But it could also be two other possibilities:
"They are girls" = Sie sind Mädchen
"You are a woman" = Sie sind eine Frau
In the first example, Sie again only has a capital letter because it's at the start of a sentence. Yes, it's confusing at first that the word for "they" is the same as the word for "she". But you'll notice the verb is different which helps identify it (sie ist = "she is"; sie sind = "they are").
In the second example we have the special capital-letter-only meaning of Sie, which is the formal version of "you". Since English doesn't have a formal form of "you" this is unfortunately yet another new concept to learn and it's all a bit confusing so early in the course! But basically I would say du to a good friend and Sie to my boss or a teacher.
Although that example has Sie at the start of the sentence, with the formal "you" meaning the capital letter is even necessary in the middle:
Ich sehe Sie = "I see you" (formal)
Hopefully that provides the missing information that whoever downvoted my other comment wanted ;)
I don't understand the question.
Why is "am" used with "I" in English?
Why is "is" used with "he"?
That's simply the verb form that belongs to that subject.
sie sind = "they are"
When the subject is sie (they), the verb form for "to be" is sind.
That's just the way it is.
Why isn't it sie seid frauwn instead since we are describing a group of women that we are not involved in
The verb form seid belongs to the subject ihr, i.e. "you -- the group of people that I am speaking to".
But here, you are not talking to a group of people; you are talking about a group of people, so you use the pronoun sie "they" and need the matching verb form, which is sind.
ihr seid, sie sind.