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"Ich habe kein Land und keine Heimat."

Translation:I have no country and no home.

January 31, 2013



German native here. This sentence means "I have no country and no home (country)." Heimat is always a larger area, not just one house or one city. Could be a region or a country. Also, while Land can technically be land / real estate, that's a really uncommon use for it and it took me a moment to even realize that it could mean that. Land should always be translated as "country".


Only expat Germans will say "das Land" for "land / real estate" except if you mean farmland (and another exception is zoning jargon as in "Bauerwartungsland"). In proper German, "land" in the real estate sense will be called "das Grundstück."


When you say farmland - is that similar to how "country" can also be used to mean "countryside"/a rural area?


or State. Bayern ist ein Land


oder: Bayern ist ein Bundesland.


Recall that the original, and in most countries the primary, meaning of "state" is a sovereign country. In federal systems like the USA and Germany, the provinces are descended from sovereign states, so they're still called states.


Going to be 800,000 people saying this in Germany this year!


better: I have no country and no homeland.


not in my book. Doesn't homeland imply country (can't be totally sure as this word's rarely used in Britain)? Heimat implies more the people, food, customs,landscape etc in an area/region/country rather than thegeographical location.


And a country that you "have" is your homeland. So the sentence seems repetitive.


US English-speaking here, but one of Duo's 'correct' solutions for this is "I do not have a country and no home". I guess it would depend on the inflection/cadence of the speaker, but that sentence does not look good to me. "I have no country and no home" sounds great, as does "I do not have a country and I don't have a home" or "I don't have a country nor a home". Mixing "don't have a" in with "no" just sounds very unnatural to me even though it doesn't appear to be breaking any rules. Am I alone in feeling this way? Maybe putting a comma after 'country' would help, because the way it's written, it sounds to me like 'I do not have no home'.


I agree: it reads like a double-negative, and sounds incorrect to me.


Said the Wandering Jew.


Or maybe The Flying Dutchman?


How would we say:"...neither country nor home."


...weder Land noch Heimat.


Thank you. Couldn't be used in this exercise but it does sound so good. Rather literary I'd say.


Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, call me what you will!!! Yeieeeeeh!!!

But I'll take my time anywhere.
Free to speak my mind anywhere.
And I'll redefine anywhere.

Anywhere I roam, where I lay my head is home!


Yes, yes. Have a 3 lingots for that! :)


I have no land and no home


I do not have a country and a homeland, is correct?


"I have no country and no motherland" This should be right, IMHO


I agree, what is wrong with "motherland"? Isn't the same as homeland?


Doesn't "a land" sound weird to anyone else? I left out the article & it marked me wrong -_-


It didn't accept fatherland. I couldn't think of the word homeland.


Motherland is a country in which you were born and to which you still feel emotionally bounded. I think that my answer is correct


Die Heimat is the same as the motherland, native country etc., while home corresponds to "das Heim" or das "zu Hause". My translation would read: "I have no country and no motherland."


Doesn't Heimat stands for "homeland"?


I wrote "I don't have any land" would it be correct if you would refer to your own property?


I neither have a country or home - is bad?


Your translation of "Heimat" as "home" is inaccurate: "Heimat" means the country "Home" is the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household

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    why keinE Heimat?


    From a pure heart

    I have no mother no father

    no God no homeland

    no cradle no pall

    no kisses no lover.

    For the third day I have eaten

    neither much nor little

    my twenty years are a power

    I sell my twenty years.

    If nobody wants them

    the devil may buy them.

    With a pure heart I will break in

    if need be: I will kill a man.

    They will catch me and hang me

    Then cover me with blessed earth

    and poisonous grass will grow

    on my beautiful heart.

    • József Attila - 1925.


    O gluecklich, wer, wohin er geht, Doch auf der Heimat Boden steht. (A reason why I'm learning German is that I sing it a lot.)


    Ich habe es auch nicht!


    why not: no countries and no homes


    Such a lust for revenge

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