"Willkommen, meine Damen."

Translation:Welcome, my ladies.

January 20, 2013



tips fedora

October 11, 2014


fedora tipping intensifies

November 21, 2014


Fedora explodes

January 22, 2015


I didnt understand what is fedora? I looked it up it shows a fat guy.

March 18, 2015


this is by far the best response to anything.

September 12, 2016


Still lost... Haahahahaa

April 18, 2015


To expand on what JohnWycliffe said, there is a stereotype that people whk wear fedoras today are obese men who often live at home with their mothers and are unlucky with women.

May 30, 2015


A fedora is an old-school classy hat worn by ladies' men (and badasses), especially popular in the first half of the twentieth century but still worn by some.

April 21, 2015


It is a memetic reference, I didn't realize how alien they could become over language and cultural barriers. Here's a reference for the first two comments:



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December 9, 2014


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January 10, 2016


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December 4, 2015


I have never heard 'welcome my ladies' ever, it's always 'welcome ladies.'

September 29, 2015


As tedhaubrich mentioned, it's old-fashioned and has a somewhat sexual nature to it. I have heard it both in older films and in person, but it isn't common.

September 30, 2015


    The German sentence is not inherently sexual at all. It's the direct equivalent of "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome" for example in a formal greeting. The difference here is that it's addressing an all-female crowd.

    January 21, 2016


    I find "welcome ladies" not sexual at all, but stick that my in between the two words and for me it has a leering quality. I think this is a case where German naturally would use the pronoun and English wouldn't.

    April 23, 2016


      Exactly. For the sake of retaining the polite tone, "Welcome, ladies" is my preferred translation (which Duolingo also accepts).

      April 23, 2016


      It's like french's madame, monsieur, and messieurs Ma is feminine 'my' and 'mon' is masculine 'my' and mes is plural 'my'. Ma-dame, mon-sieur, mes-sieurs.

      May 14, 2018


      So "Damen" is for "ladies" specifically or another term for female? As in "Willkommen , meine Frauen" will give the same feeling or will it be awkward because it would mean "Welcome, my women"?

      July 21, 2015


        It's used like "ladies and gentlemen" is in English. It's a common expression to hear on public announcements, for example on trains. "Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly be arriving at..." is Meine Damen und Herren, wir....

        So, really, it's just that it's part of the German expression to say meine, whereas it isn't in English. So in this case the best translation should not be strictly word-for-word.

        January 21, 2016


        If you say "meine Frauen", you're more than likely saying, "my wives" since "mein Mann" and "meine Frau" translate to "my husband" and "my wife" respectively.

        December 9, 2015


        The suggested word for Damen was "gentlewomen" ... is this a term? I put lady (though I should have put ladies)

        April 27, 2017


        A term, yes, but it hasn't been used much since not long after Shakespeare's time.

        April 27, 2017


        I'm a native English speaker and I've never heard anyone say gentlewomen.

        June 12, 2017


        [Tips Fedora in German]

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        January 10, 2018


        Asked before but Im still not sure. In English Welcome, my ladies. Has very sexual and old fashioned grandiose nature to it. Welcome ladies would be a more common everday lanquage. Is this everyday language in German or not?

        September 23, 2015


          The expression in English should be without "my", in my opinion. The German expression uses meine in this context with no sexual connotation - just to convey that they are respected guests. As a result it is more natural in English to drop the "my".

          January 21, 2016


          I get "Welcome, my ladies" wrong. Somehow Duo wants me to write "Welcome, my gentlewomen"...

          September 19, 2017


          Same here....but the preview has it as ladies

          October 2, 2017


          It marked me as wrong and said I should have put "gentlewomen"...???

          October 2, 2017


          I am astonished that this is still going on. I could give you a disquisition on the origins of the terms Lady, Gentleman, Mistress (Mrs.), and Master (Mr.), their usages and changes over the years, but Duo is teaching modern day languages, not etymology. There is a word, "gentlewoman or gentlewomen" but it is archaic, at least in the U.S. If someone from one of the other English speaking countries still uses it, then prithee, kind sir or madam, I beg you to enlighten me. But I doubt it. In any case, I can't recall ever reading its usage as a noun of direct address. Duo is wrong, and everyone who translated it as Welcome, Ladies, is correct. Because ladies in this case is used as a direct address, it should be capitalized. Welcome, my Ladies is also correct but is pretty old-fashioned and outside the SCA is just about obsolete.

          October 2, 2017


          Just love this sentence. Still nothing beats "Das Leder ist fest", said authoritatively, though.

          November 1, 2015


          Gentlewoman? Seriously? I used "madam" but no dice apparently.

          August 8, 2017


          Obviously the good Gentles who are commenting are not members of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) where such language is common. In fact, the battles are being fought in Pennsic War 46, as I type. Camping medievally with 10,000 of your closest friends, bashing your enemies by day then singing and drinking with them by night, bowing over my Lady's hand to reverentially kiss her fingers and buying a handmade plague right to curse your enemies and delight your pets. Believe me, addressing someone as My Lady is not sexist when she has whaled the tar of you in that afternoon's battle, and she will in good fun flutter her eyelashes at you and answer with a curtsy and a "Thank you My Lord.

          August 8, 2017


          Gentlewoman/en is not a word.. grow up!!! It should be 'lady' or the alternate my lady should be fine...

          August 22, 2017


          T I P S F E D O R A

          August 25, 2017


          Another way to look at it: In English we use the word "Madame" (although a bit dated) which comes from the French. Although the French use the same word, it comes from "Ma + dame" (my lady.. also dated in French). In French for multiple women you would say, "Mesdames" (Mes + dames = my ladies) et "messieurs" (mes + sieurs = my gentlemen/sirs)

          September 23, 2017


          This is wrong

          November 9, 2017


          Aren't ladies and gentlewomen interchangable? They mean the same things? And the translation even says that Damen is ladies.

          January 8, 2018


          Strangely creepy sounding!

          September 25, 2018


          No Englishman would say "my"ladies! It is just "ladies"!

          October 27, 2018



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