"Ich bin kein Verkäufer."

Translation:I am not a seller.

April 2, 2013



I am not a shop assistant?

April 2, 2013


Yes, the word ‘Verkäufer’ is commonly used for the position variously called “shop assistant”, “salesperson”, “sales assistant”, or “sales clerk”. Please report it if it's rejected.

June 19, 2013

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What do you mean by your question?

April 7, 2013


That was my answer and for my surprise it was not accepted.

April 7, 2013

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Only now I see that upon hovering over Verkäufer 'sales/shop assistant' is given as a hint. I am going to report this to Julika and hopefully changes will be made.

April 7, 2013


Can we say "Ich bin nicht ein Verkäufer" ?

December 17, 2014


"Nicht ein" translates/simplifies to "kein", because you are negating a noun, so you use that instead. Nicht ein will be wrong.

July 20, 2015


Yeah. One helpful thing to remember is that the indefinite article (ein/eine/einen/einem/etc.) Ia negated by making it kein/keine/keinen/keinem/etc. while the definite article (der/die/das/den/dem/etc.) uses "nicht".

For example, "Ich bin keine Banane" vs. "Ich bin nicht die kleine gelbe Banane"

September 28, 2018


Is Verkäufer gender neutral?

March 5, 2014


masculine: ‘der Verkäufer’; feminine: ‘die Verkäuferin

March 13, 2014


Is there any explanation for why "Verkäufer" picks up an umlaut in the noun form? Compare this to other nouns formed from verbs, like Fahrer/fahren.

April 8, 2019


I said 'the salesperson' and was marked incorrect. Is there some rule that an unspecified article is a/an? I would say "I'm not the salesperson" if someone mistook me for one in a store but I'm not a salesperson to describe myself. This sentence without context seems ambiguous to me.

February 2, 2014


That would be ‘Ich bin nicht der Verkäufer.’. The negative article ‘kein’=“not a”, like the positive article ‘ein’=“a”, is indefinite.

February 27, 2014


What about "I am not a retailer?"

January 13, 2015


DL says "I am no seller" and refuses "I am noT seller". Can an english native speaker confirm me what is good and what is root english ? Thanks!

May 28, 2015


In English, "not" precedes a noun that has an article:

  • I am not a seller.
  • That is not a reason to quit your job.
  • That is not the reason that I quit my job.
  • That is not an apple.

"No" precedes a noun that has no article:

  • There is no reason for you to quit your job.
  • There are no apples in the basket.

As AndreasWitnstein states, "I am no seller" is an emphatic construction which does not mean "I am not a seller".

In the 1988 US presidential debate, Lloyd Bentsen put down Dan Quayle, stating:

  • I served with Jack [John] Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine; and you, sir, you are no Jack Kennedy.

When Lloyd Bentsen said You are no Jack Kennedy, he meant You are not like (comparable to) Jack Kennedy.

Factually, Dan Quayle is not Jack Kennedy, so obviously Lloyd Bentsen couldn't say You are not Jack Kennedy.

March 26, 2016


Great examples, awefulwaffle!

April 13, 2016


How would you translate the English "I'm no salesman" (meaning I'm not very good at it) to German? Also, how would you say "You are no Jack Kennedy" in German?

February 23, 2017


My German is not advanced enough to answer your question.

However, the German version of the Dan Quayle Wikipedia page includes the original English and a German version. As well, Der Spiegel and other German language websites contain the same German version.

I don't know whether the German version conveys the same meaning or has the same effect as the English version does.

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy.

I knew Jack Kennedy.

Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine.

Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy!

Senator, ich habe mit Jack Kennedy zusammengearbeitet.

Ich kannte Jack Kennedy.

Jack Kennedy war mein Freund.

Senator, Sie sind kein Jack Kennedy!

February 24, 2017


Thanks, awefulwaffle, for going to the trouble of looking that up!

February 24, 2017


See -Drigo-'s reply to mehrdadrkh.

May 29, 2015


OK. English needs an "a" before the coccupations. So "I am not a seller" is correct english. "I am no seller" seems, word to word, the nearest translation of "Ich bin kein Verkäufer". But isn't it weird english ? Its's always my question...

May 30, 2015


“I'm no seller.” is an emphatic construction meaning “Contrary to expectations, I am not a [very good] seller.”.

A related “weird” English construction is “I'm some seller!”, meaning “Contrary to or beyond expectations, I am a [very good] seller.”.

May 31, 2015


"I am no salesman" means that (even) if I am employed as a salesman I am no good at it. If someone suggests that I might become a salesman then it means that I would be no good at it as I do not have the right personality or skills for it. If you are standing in a store and someone comes up and starts asking you questions because they think you are a salesman then you would say "I am not A salesman". You could perhaps say "I am NO salesman" but this would rarely be said because it quite rude and would only be said to show annoyance at the mistake of the other person.

March 3, 2017


Why "i am not seller" is not correct?

February 27, 2014


You need the article "a".

July 28, 2014


Why doesn't 'I am not a cashier' work?

June 17, 2016


I am not a cashier = Ich bin kein Kassierer (male) / Ich bin keine Kassiererin (female)

February 24, 2017


I am not a seller is not correct. Correct translation in Duolingo is: I am no seller... why?

May 11, 2017


"I am not a seller" is not accepted why :(

January 5, 2019


Why is "I am not a dealer" wrong? In a previous exercise merchant was accepted for Händler. Merchant and dealers are very much the same thing.

February 13, 2019


What's the difference between einen Verkaeufer und einen Haendler?

May 7, 2019


Ok so I looked up the definition of both.

Händler is more like someone who sells specific goods/wares. For example, I make soap and sell it. I am a Seifehändlerin. But you wouldnt call a shop assistant at the grocery store a Händler. They would be a Verkäufer. Or that is what I gathered from my searching.

May 7, 2019
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