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"Zij is mijn ma en niet mijn oma!"

Translation:She is my mom and not my grandma!

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4 years ago

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/dunnkers
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Another correct translation would be: "She is my mother and not my grandmother!"

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gramuff
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Maybe, it is about to learn the difference between the formal and unformal words moeder=mother /ma=mom, grootmoeder=grandmother /oma=grandma. But I do not know for sure

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Reply14 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarmFoothills

All correct.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BotmanJWPM
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Absolutely agreed

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mossyrock89

What about 'gran'?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kebabkerry

I put gran too, and it was marked as wrong.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErynBrooks
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Gran is dialectal and not everyone uses it

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hazelbric
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I don't think any of the informal versions of "grandmother" are universally standard. Gran, granny, grandma, nan etc are all as good as each other, though their use may differ regionally. Granny and gran were what I used, and to me grandma sounds rather old fashioned.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buddhabanter

What about Nan. Much more commonly used in England.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosPedroPa

And mum too, if i'm not mistaken. At least should be listed with mom as another option for "ma".

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mezzopiana
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Depends on where in England. Fairly common in the north from whence i hail (and where i even so had a Grandma rather than a Nana), less so in the south i reckon. And i wouldn't have thought more common than grandma/granny/gran, in any case?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JayMilkshake
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I live down south, and everybody calls their granny 'nan'. Maybe it's just a British thing in general?

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Reply2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theoriginalkm

The word "mom" is not easy to hear with the machine voice.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vincent_M
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Exactly. It's alright to hear with turtle voice, but otherwise it sounds like 'zij is mijn maarre niet mijn oma'. Reported

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hazelbric
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Gran and nan should definitely be accepted here!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/serenahil
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Haha she must look really old then

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TrentNock

Yea :) . Not a good idea to get this wrong when meeting your girlfriends mother.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaitlinApril

Always better to be wrong the other way around.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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How do you say "awkward" in Dutch?

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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Idk, raar?

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan976509

It does annoy me that the app gives American options rather than English. I would never use the word "mom", for example.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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Duolingo teaches American English but accepts other variants of English in its answers too.

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Reply9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wei-Da

I find that the /o/ sound is a kind of universal for human to describe things that are big or sublime. (something above our level)

Say, in Japanese big is 大きい which reads o-ki-i with an /o/ in English and many others there are "awe" and "awe"-some Now in Dutch, I know that there is o-ma.

This word in quite beautiful and I suppose it to be a quite primitive word with an anthropological origin.

Last but not least ... the sentence its self is a very sad one... for the mother :)

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KyleKoudys

This is really annoying lol! My grandparents are from the Netherlands and I grew up calling them oma and opa so every time I go to translate oma and or opa I just type oma and or opa without realizing and getting the translation wrong even though I know its right lol.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiralaMouse

Likewise! Really, there should be a setting where you can get it in a different color or something to remind you that "Oma" and "Opa" are Dutch and need to be translated. :)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShelaghFoster

I have never heard the word 'mom' used in the UK except by Americans. It would be nice to allow the English word 'mum'.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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It is accepted.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jane-Chan20th

I have this problem with my dad :p

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Reply2 years ago