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"Ich bin ein Kind."

Translation:I am a child.

January 11, 2013

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So, both a girl and a boy could say 'Ich bin ein Kind', right?


Why can't I choose an with "ein Kind"?


use "an" only when it comes before a word with a vowel sound (an artist, an orange)


do the 'kind' sound like 'kint' ??


yes the way to pronounce "Kind" is to say kint


So the German "D" is the English "T"?


Only at the end of a word. In the middle of a word it makes the typical english "D" sound.


why should nouns be capitalised, i don't get this


It also helps you as a language learner keep from getting words mixed up, because if it is capitalized in the middle of the sentence, you know it is a noun (if you aren't already sure)


It's just a quirk of the language. All nouns are capitalised in German. I think it makes things easier.


I don't understand why we put 'ein' not 'eine' in the previous example( ich bin ein Madchen) it should be 'eine' , right? what I know is that 'eine' is an indefinite article for feminine and 'ein' is also an indefinite article but for masculine plez, could you explain? i don't get it


First of all, German has three genders: Masculine, Neuter, and Feminine. You're correct that 'ein' is masculine and 'eine' is feminine. However, 'ein' is also used for the neuter gender. 'M├Ądchen' is a neuter word. You will find it useful to remember that grammatical gender does not necessarily relate to biological gender.


Well, for girl it would be 'Ich bin eine Kind' and for boy it would be 'Ich bin win Kind.'


Be careful here! 'Kind' is a neuter word, not masculine or feminine. Even if the 'kind' is a male or a female, it is still treated as a neuter noun.

  • boy: He is a child / Er ist ein Kind.
  • girl: She is a child / Sie ist ein Kind.

It's like the word Person (german for 'person', surprise surprise! :P) - it is a feminine word, but even if the person is a man, the word is still treated as feminine:

  • man: He is a person / Er ist eine Person
  • woman: She is a person / Sie ist eine Person
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