"I eat an orange."

Translation:Ich esse eine Orange.

March 24, 2013



mabye doing two languages at the same time is bad because i wrote ( ich come un orange) lol

December 18, 2013


Very difficulto learn two languages at one, my hat off to anyone who can.

December 22, 2013



June 14, 2014


Me too

June 27, 2014


it is not that difficult. i`m doing the same because there is no way to learn German from an Spanish platform. So i use English platform. My native language is Spanish

May 8, 2014


I'm also a native Spanish-speaker, and actually I feel I'm learning a lot more when using English to learn another language, since I can understand faster because I have another reference, not just my native language. I also started Italian and at school we have French class, so when something is difficult to understand in one language I compare it to the others and most of the time one of them will enable me to understand faster than if I just compared it to one.

Well, that's my situation.

May 24, 2014


Hats off to you sir

June 9, 2014


I'm learning all five at once, so it may be difficult but it's not impossible.

May 24, 2014


Not to nitpick... but that should be "Ich como una orange", should it not? Orange is feminine en español...

May 16, 2014


Una naranja

May 28, 2014


Yeah, same problem here

February 8, 2014



March 3, 2014


That cracked me up! All the best man :D

April 11, 2014



April 12, 2014


Hehehe... yeah... the other day I said: le femme instead of die Frau hehehe

May 21, 2014


Hahaha :-D

June 24, 2014


My native language is russian, and my english is advanced, so i can learn German via english, and that's better, but for me - learning two different languages in the same time (i study spanish too) is really hard :))

June 28, 2014


As with learning any language, daily studying will help. Go through the lessons and just get to know the words without trying to memorize all the rules first. Re-do the lessons a few times until the words flow smoothly. Then go back and look at the "rules". It'll be easier to learn if you're not stressing over the rules and just read the lessons first.

June 10, 2014


Help! I don't understand why it is masculine "die Orange" but in the accusative (which I still don't quite get) it changes to feminine "eine Orange." Thanks!

March 24, 2013


it's not masculine since it's "eine/die Orange". An in the accusative it doesn't change it remains eine Orange.

March 24, 2013


Thanks! I got "der" and "die" confused. Appreciated your response.

March 25, 2013


@whenturtlesfly die is for saying "the orange". Eine orange is for saying "an orange"

May 2, 2014


That's the same exact question I have.

July 16, 2013


Dei us feminine and der is masculine and das is neutral

December 25, 2013


Can it be "Ich esse einen Apfelsine"?

March 17, 2014


No, it would be Ich esse eine Apfelsine. Apfelsine and Orange are both feminine

March 28, 2014


Why isn't it einen Orange? doesn't einen stand for an?

May 3, 2014


No. German articles depend only on the case and the gender of the noun. It is irrelevant if the noun starts with a vocal or not. In this example the case is akkusativ and the noun is feminine, hence it must be eine. If the noun would have been masculin (e.g. Apfel) it would have been einen. Long story short: Every indefinite article in German translates to a/an/one in English.

May 3, 2014


Aaah okay, now I get it. Thanks a lot! :)

May 3, 2014


Helped a lot! I finally got it! Danke! Du bist gut!

June 9, 2014


Why is einen orange wrong.?

June 27, 2014


Der - einen Das - ein Die -eine

July 7, 2014


Why isn't it Orange essen? I thought the verb goes at the end.

July 10, 2013


Verbs are second. Subject does not have to be first! See more here: http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa032700a.htm

July 25, 2013


You are partially correct, though not in this instance. The verb does go at the end when using a modal verb, or a "verb kicker."

March 20, 2014


Why not use 'einen'? Not sure when that's appropriate because I haven't noticed a pattern yet.

July 28, 2013

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@tylergrrrl : 'einen' is used in the accusative case (masculine singular). 'ein' is used for masculine and neuter genders, and 'eine' is used for feminine (die Orange) - nominative case of course.

July 29, 2013


when do i use einen ?

August 5, 2013

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August 6, 2013


Oh dear God there is eines and einer as well !!??

August 6, 2013


if the noun is masculine.

December 13, 2013


Is there any other way besides memorization to tell if something is feminine or masculine or neutral? I keep getting them mixed up...

November 17, 2013


There are always exceptions, but I've read that words with these endings tend to be a certain gender - masculine: -er, -el, -en, -ling, -ig, -ich; feminine: -e, -in, -ung, -in with female roles (e.g. freund - freundin), -schaft, -ei, -tät, -heit, -keit, -ie, tion; neuter: -chen, -lein, -um, -ium, Ge-

November 18, 2013


-ig and -ich are standard endings for adjectives so they don't have a gender. Another thing to keep in mind is that these rules only apply if the ending has its own syllable, i.e. the noun has at least 2 syllables. E.g.:

der Dung is masculine although it ends with -ung, but here -ung is not an ending but part of the word itself. There should be only very few of these, just be aware that they exist.

March 28, 2014


I thought it would be einen because you are eating the orange but it was eine which really threw me off but now i know that oranges are considered feminine

December 21, 2013


this threefold division amongst nouns (masculine, feminine, neutral) which runs through German Grammar seemingly 'throw off' a lot of people.

December 22, 2013


is Apfelsine the same thing as orange?

February 21, 2014


Yes, it is used more often in the north, but nowadays I think Orange is predominant in all of Germany.

March 28, 2014


Thanks to everyone who's taken the time above to explain the nominative/accusative forms of ein and eine. Now when do you use das instead of die? I.e. Das Mädchen but Die Frau?

March 12, 2014


"Das" is the article for neuter nouns, and "die" is the article for feminine nouns.

March 12, 2014


Ahh! Thanks! I hadn't grasped that there was a Neutral gender. This I suppose is a slight issue with duolingo, that you don't get a view of the mechanics of the basics of the language. Thanks again for your help :)

March 12, 2014


Why does DL so often wait until the very last few questions, to start asking for translating from English to German? This was the last question in the lesson and the only one asking me translate to German. It's not a good way to learn. Es ist gut nicht.

April 23, 2014


What are the rules for using ein, eine, and einen (einin?)

June 5, 2014


Well it is like using the English language as the basis.

June 12, 2014


ok heres what I don't get. The orange must be feminine then, because I put ein as an accusative nuetral, but apparently it's and accusative feminine, can anybody shed some light on this

June 15, 2014


I don't really get what you don't get ^^. Yes, Orange is feminine, thus the article is eine in both Nominative and Akkusative case. And yes here it is Akkusative case because the Orange is the one being eaten. I think you answered your questions yourself already ;-)

June 15, 2014


Yeh apparently orange is feminine

June 16, 2014


Ich esse einen Apfel -> It is correct Ich esse einen Orange -> It is not correct Why?

July 3, 2014
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