https://www.duolingo.com/a.xiao94

"Sie sind Menschen, und zugleich auch wieder nicht."

January 21, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/a.xiao94

there are so many variants to the english translation that I find i have to go through the lesson at least 5 times to remember which exact translations are accepted.

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/duodanny

Every time you get it wrong, submit it as feedback as "My answer should be accepted". Probably won't help you, but will help others who get here eventually... :)

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Karl5

@a.xiao94 So do I. Some of them seem almost like idioms and there's no way to accurately figure out what they are from the definitions given. It would be helpful if more literal translations were provided, and then the idiomatic meaning were given also. If I think my answers are even in the ballpark, I'll usually submit them as possible answers.

February 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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To reduce the workload on the Duolingo staff, it might be a better idea to post your hunches here under ‘Discuss’ for native speakers to weigh in on before you claim that your solution should be accepted under ‘Report a Problem’.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Musetta

Can anyone tell me what happened to the word "wieder" ? Why don't they accept the translation: "They are people and at the same time, again, also not."

April 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreasWitnstein
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The word ‘wieder’ in this context doesn't mean “again” in the sense of “another time”. After all, “at the same time, another time” doesn't make sense temporally. Here the word ‘wieder’ is used metaphorically, in the sense of “on the other hand”, for which English actually has a phrase containing the word “again”: “but then again”. So you could say “They are people, but then again, at the same time, they're also not.”

June 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Karl5

I finally gave up and just wrote it down.

April 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/radio.gnome

Am I the only one who thinks that 'Mensch' should also be translated not only as 'human' but also as 'man' (not 'male')?

May 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Musetta

I think it's just a way to stay politically correct :)

May 10, 2013
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