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"Ich lese die Zeitung."

Translation:I read the newspaper.

February 1, 2013



Why is this on a plural lesson? Die Zeitung, not die Zeitungen.. I don't get it.


Probably to throw you off. I made the same mistake heh.


Made me doubt my ears. I thought the speaker just barely pronounced the last syllable of Zeitungen, but was merely Zeitung.


Ya it was nit working for me either


Dont worry keep tring


Liest vs Lese


Liese vs lese frustrates me because it´s hard for me to tell the difference... especially when it isn´t a typo because they are both words ((((


lesen (to read) is conjugated for present like this: ich lese du liest er/sie/es liest wir lesen ihr lest sie lesen


Why don't they include stuff like this, you're awesome!


They do. If you tap the lightbulb before you start a lesson they explain a lot of things that people talk about on here


as far as I know, there is no "ich liese"


No, it's "ich lese". "liese" isn't a conjugation of "lesen", it doesn't exist.


I wrote " I am reading the newspaper" It said wrong" I am reading that newspaper"


Your sentence is fine. die Zeitung = the newspaper.


I got:" I am reading the papers " as correct answer... Sometimes I just want to throw my laptop outside and stomp it to the ground when this type of nonsense occurs...


I thought that 'die' before a noun made it plural?


Yes, but 'die' primarily marks the feminine singular.


"die" is the feminine singular article and the plural aricle (m/f/n)


can you explain it in a different way?


not in german but maybe another language!?


Can someone please tell me what makes and object masculine or fiminine?


Yes, getting to know all of them. Unfurtunatelly, words in German do not have the same gender as they do in English, or in Portuguese (my native language). It is also strange for me to say "Der Apfel" (gender masculine), if in Portuguese we say "a maçã (the apple)" that is feminine.

Anyway, you will have to see each word's gender and remember that.


Why is it that 'die' does not change to 'den' in this sentence?


Only Der changes to Den in case of Accusative sentences, other remain unchanged


So Das remains Das. Does not change to den?



For example, das Buch "the book" would give Ich lese das Buch "I am reading the book".


Because 'Zeitung' is feminine.


kindda complicated don't you think?


Why 'the' and not 'a' isn't it the same???


"The" in German is der, die, or das. "A" is ein or eine.


Can you elaborate their respective nominative cases? That would be helpful. Thanks :)


Those are all nominative case forms.

der is masculine nominative, die is feminine nominative or plural nominative; das is neuter nominative.

ein is masculine or neuter nominative, eine is feminine nominative.


the Zeitung is a neuter so why its not das but die ?


The word Zeitung is not neuter. It is feminine.


oh thanks but how can I know when a word is masculine , neuter or feminine ?


Basically: you have to learn the gender when you learn the word.

I suggest that you learn words not individually, e.g. "newspaper = Zeitung", but together with their gender, e.g. "the newspaper = die Zeitung" so that you will know what it what.

With some nouns, you can recognise the gender by the ending (e.g. pretty much all nouns with the ending -ung are feminine), but often, you cannot guess and simply have to learn it.


If I type newspaper, I'm being told I am wrong; that the word stands for "gazette". If I type "gazette", it tells me I'm right but the bottom says "newspaper"


why "I read a paper" is wrong ?


"eine" means 'a', using 'die' implies using 'the'.

"die Zeitung" = "the newspaper" "eine Zeitung" = "a newspaper"


My answer: "I'm reading the news" > "The news" is wrong?


Yes, because you could read the news = Nachrichten anywhere, but here it asks for Zeitung = newspaper.


how do i make out the difference between leise and lese?i always get it wrong..


That is the conjugation table

Ich(I): lese Du(you): liest Er,sie,es( he,she it):liest Wir(we): lesen Ihr( you plural):lest sie(they):lesen Sie(you formal):lesen

Or you may be thinking of leise as in quiet and lese as in read for I.


'I am reading a newspaper' is wrong... interesting


Yes, because the German sentence uses the definite article "die", while you use the indefinite article "a" in your translation. You should use the definite article in English as well: the newspaper.


What? What is the difference between "lese" and "liest"?


These are different conjugations of the verb "lesen": ich lese (I read), du liest (you read), er/sie/es liest (he/she/it reads).

Btw: please read the other comments before asking, this has been asked and answered more than once here.


That newspaper vs the newspaper shouldn't matter. Fix it.


What was the complete answer you typed?

There are accepted translations that include the phrase "that newspaper".


Is there some trick to knowing which form of "to read" I should be using?


I read is the same as.I am reading


I wrote "I read the newpaper" as 'ing' isn't in german grammar and it told me that it was wrong and that I should've wrote "I am reading the newspaper" what..?


I got the opposite...I wrote, "I am reading the newspaper," and it marked it incorrect and said it should be, "I read the newspaper." Everyone on here says those translate the same, right?


They do, so both your answer and Katstopme's answer should be accepted.


What is the difference between du liest and ihr lest?


du liest: talking to one person
ihr lest: talking to two or more people (i.e. plural "you" a.k.a. "you all")


Why 'die zeitung' not das or der zeitung


It's none of those -- it's die Zeitung with capital Z (since it's a noun).

die, because the word Zeitung is grammatically feminine (like most words with the ending -ung).

Grammatical gender is not, in general, logical, so you can't ask "why" -- it's just something you have to learn together with the word.


Is this translated as 'I read the Book' or 'I am reading the book'



It’s “I read the newspaper” or “I am reading the newspaper”.

(Both sentences can be translated the same way into German.)


This is always hard for me, because in English, or in at least my particular english dialect, the distinction between "The" and "a" aren't always super important so if I'm late-night duolingoing I mess this up repeatedly.


This sentence also means I AM READING the newspaper. How do we know the difference??


This sentence also means I AM READING the newspaper. How do we know the difference??


For a single sentence without context, both translations are possible and are accepted.


Not always accepted. I got "am reading" wrong SEVERAL times. It's why I'm asking. The answer "context" makes no sense. I'm intelligent enough to check for that, and always do, but still get it marked wrong anyway.

Lots of folks put their faith in this app only to have it marked wrong by idiots.


I got "am reading" wrong SEVERAL times.

I'm intelligent enough to check for that, and always do, but still get it marked wrong anyway.

I can't see what you see, so I can't comment on what was marked right or wrong for you.

A screenshot of such answers marked wrong where you can't understand why would be really helpful here.

only to have it marked wrong by idiots.

Yup. A computer is pretty much an idiot. It's a very fast idiot, but still an idiot.


And how would a screenshot help me here? There are no ways to add an attachment.

People have to program those computers. If you're a mod, then someone hired you. Why can't you get them word on these mistakes? They obviously aren't acting on the flagged reports.


And how would a screenshot help me here? There are no ways to add an attachment.

You would have to upload it to a website and paste the URL into a comment.

If you're a mod, then someone hired you.

I receive no money for my work on Duolingo and do this in my spare time.

As do all the forum moderators and course contributors, as far as I know.

They obviously aren't acting on the flagged reports.

I think you severely underestimate how many flagged reports there are and severely overestimate how much free time the volunteer course contributors have.

I think there are more hundreds of thousands reports. On a really good day, I can go through maybe 300. So if I worked through reports every single day, I'd take years to get through them all. But I don't have time for Duolingo every day, nor do I have time for 300 reports every day.

There are two or three other "active" contributors but I don't think they visit the site every day, either.

It takes a while. Years, sometimes.


how do you tell weather it is present or past tense without context


how do you tell weather it is present or past tense without context

In the German sentence, ich lese can only be present tense.

In the English sentence, "I read" can be present or past, so in an English-to-German translation, both tenses will be accepted.


How can I make the difference between present tense and present continuous? It seems to be the same in german


How can I make the difference between present tense and present continuous? It seems to be the same in german

That's right; (standard) German makes no difference here.


Why is "I read a newspaper" the right answer when "I am reading a newspaper" is also right? There is no other present tense in German than the Simple Present


IMO both sentences you wrote are wrong as they use the indefinite article "a" while the German sentence uses the definite article.


How do we know it's die Zeitung and not Der or Das? Why das Buch? And same for other words, just how do we know? Is there some rule? I get that it's masculine or feminine but how do we tell when it's which?


How do we know it's die Zeitung and not Der or Das? Why das Buch? And same for other words, just how do we know?

You look it up in the dictionary and memorise it.

Sometimes, you can tell from the ending (e.g. most words ending in -ung, including Zeitung, are feminine), but mostly, you can't.

Sometimes, the same word can even have multiple genders depending on its meaning, e.g. der Leiter = the leader / die Leiter = the ladder.


this translation would be a awkward sentence in English you would say "i am reading a newspaper."


on some of the questions it says for example 'ich habe einen apfel' - should it not be 'ich habe den apfel?' is that not the accusative case?


Ich habe einen Apfel. means "I have an apple."

Ich habe den Apfel. means "I have the apple."

In both cases, Apfel is in the accusative case -- but in the first sentence, it's indefinite (an apple -- not any particular one) and in the second sentence, it's definite (the apple -- a particular apple that the listener can identify, perhaps because you've talked about it before or because there is only one apple present).

Finally, apfel with a small a is not a German word. Capitalisation is part of the correct spelling in German; please do not ignore it.


Why is newspaper feminine?


Why is newspaper feminine?

It isn't. English nouns such as "newspaper" do not have a grammatical gender.

The German word Zeitung is feminine. But remember that noun gender in German is mostly arbitrary, so there's rarely a reason why a particular noun has a particular gender. It's usually simply something to look up and memorise.


what is the difference between den -ein -einen - and when i use them ?


Why is this on a plural lesson? I said the right thing and It gave me a wrong answer.


Ya it was not working for ne either >:(


How do you know if it is lese, or leist? They both are for the word I.


They aren't:

  • ich lese
  • du liest
  • er/sie/es liest
  • wir lesen
  • ihr lest
  • sie lesen


I am till now confuse because I really don't understand when use lesse, lessen & liest & trinke, trinken,& trinkst?


What difference does it make?


What difference does what make?

Please remember that we cannot see what you typed or what correction you might have been shown -- please provide that context yourself when you ask a question here.


Good, a moderator. Do you have pull with the app developers who keep marking correct answers wrong??


Do you have pull with the app developers who keep marking correct answers wrong??

I don't even have enough pull with learners to get them to quote their entire answer or, even better, provide screenshots that would help us figure out what was marked wrong and why.

Learners keep going on about "my answer was marked wrong" but I have no way of knowing what exactly they typed, what the error message was, or whether they confused a listening exercise with a translation exercise or whatever, because they refuse to disclose any of that.

It gets frustrating after a while, let me tell you that.


What difference does it make. Same answer a or the SINGULAR ONE PERSON EITHER WAY. DUH


Why is that newspaper instead of the newspaper...how do we know what to use?


wtf i read newspaper should be correct


That's not properly spoken. "I am reading a newspaper" is the proper way to say it in English. We're dealing with High German, which is very proper and specific, so you will have to translate it without slang or shorthand


No, wtf, you need an article.


the newspaper is neuter and if so why not adding :"das" before the "zeitung"?


In German, "Zeitung" is feminine (not neuter). Therefore, you have to use the article "die".


Hint: ALL German nouns ending in "-ung" are feminine.


Only if that's a suffix, not if those letters are part of the noun stem.

Counterexample: der Sprung "the jump", from springen "to jump".

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