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"Jij bent een man."

Translation:You are a man.

July 17, 2014



How do we tell the difference between 'jij' and 'je' when we hear it? Both sound exactly the same to me, but 'je' was marked as incorrect here.

July 21, 2014


Yes, in this case it's hard to hear because the automatic voice cuts off about the second half of jij. Nevertheless it's possible to hear that the first word has a clear (Dutch) a sound, whereas je would be a more neutral schwa sound, i.e. it would be equally close to e.

July 21, 2014


That is so clear now! I gave you a lingot.

July 17, 2015


I'm confused what is the difference between jij and je?

July 17, 2014



  • You (Je) learn Dutch.
  • You (Jij) learn Dutch. I learn French.
July 17, 2014


No, seriously, what's the difference

July 20, 2017


You can stress jij but you can't stress je. This is because it originated as an unstressed pronunciation of jij.

Also, je is ambiguous because it also originated as an unstressed pronunciation of jou/jouw.

Otherwise there isn't much of a difference. Choose between the two in the same way that you choose between it is and it's in English.

July 20, 2017


Very much like the difference between is and 's in English.

July 19, 2014


On the slow voice, "een" sounds to me like it's using a schwa or an uh-sound, rather than the sound like in English "yay", which is closer to what the Dutch speakers I know say. Is this an error, or is it a Netherlands/Flanders accent difference?

November 30, 2014


My father is Dutch, and when he has gone over some of my lessons with me, he says it differently. He is from Holland, specifically.

Words like "een" and "en" in the audio thing sound the same to me, but when my father says them, there is a definite emphasis on the fact that there are two e's and not one.

Like PedroRoberts says, I am also having some difficulty with "je" and "jij"...but I find it helpful to remember that one is singular and one is general/plural (as my father explained it to me, provided I understand my correctly) so I listen to the sentence carefully before I answer. My father also pronounces "jij" as "yay" and "je" with a kind of "eu" sound (ie. "ye-u" if that makes sense). I am also finding it hard for the program to recognize when I say "vrouw"...

April 22, 2015


No, not quite.

plural is "jullie", not "je" nor "jij" which are regular singular and emphasized singular. You can also use the formal "u" as plural or singular.

Please scroll down at this site to see: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Pronouns.ps02

May 27, 2015


Perhaps I misunderstood. I can't imagine his understanding is wrong. Thanks for the clarification. Having studied more, I see the errors in my explanation and have come to that same understanding with time. :)

January 15, 2016


I am Quarter dutch, my nan from Holland and my mum half dutch

December 29, 2016


I'm having the same problem. The audio is not clear enough to distinguish between je and jij. Every attempt wrong so far.

September 26, 2014


How do we tell the difference between 'jij' and 'je'

October 20, 2014


In dictations, use the slow voice. A bug in the fast voice makes jij and je sound identical in many cases.

October 20, 2014


is there a masculine and a feminine for "bent" or not

April 7, 2015


Dutch does not distinguish gender at all in verb conjugation and noun declination.

April 10, 2015


Has anyone else noticed that 'man' sounds like 'mon'?

November 1, 2015


Yap, in this phrase the man sounded like in French

February 22, 2016


For some reason it accepted "Jig bent een man." why would it allow for a g instead of a j?

June 10, 2016


If I have understood it correctly, Duolingo always accepts answers that satisfy both of the following conditions:

  • Only one word is wrong by only one (added, removed or changed) letter.
  • The mistake doesn't create a different word that also appears in the course.

Jig differs from jij by only one letter. Since "Jij bent een man" is an accepted answer and "jig" is not a Dutch word appearing in the course, Duolingo accepted your answer, probably telling you there was a typo. (I know it does the latter in the web interface and the Android and Windows Phone apps. I don't know about the iPhone app.)

June 10, 2016



June 11, 2016

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    I am married to a Dutch man and most of the time we live in the NL. Now my Dutch is not very good, hence I am taking DuoLingo lessons. My husband explained however that Jij en Je would be interchangeable in this context.

    October 15, 2016


    Thanks for that clarification. I was about to ask that same thing.

    November 12, 2016


    It seems like Duolingo doesn’t accept the answer if the ligature “ij” is used instead of two characters “ij”. Should I report it when I come across it or is it not worth the effort to add everywhere?

    November 19, 2016


    We do not have the ligature “ij” implemented, since we see "ij" as a diphtong: two seperate letters. :)

    November 19, 2016


    I see, I’ll just use two letters then, easier to type anyways :D Was just curious.

    November 19, 2016


    That's okay! :)

    November 19, 2016


    "Jij" and "Je" are always the same in my ears... Is it just only me who needs to go to see the ENT doctor?

    May 20, 2017


    when do you use "bent" instead of "ben"?

    May 31, 2017


    First person is "[ik] ben", second person is "[jij] bent", similar to other verbs such as gaan: "ik ga" but "jij gaat". Also, like for other verbs, the -t is dropped on inversion, i.e. when the verb comes before the pronoun for some reason: "ben jij? ga jij?".

    June 1, 2017


    Ik ben, Jij bent, Hij is, Wij zijn

    Ben ik?, Ben jij?, Is hij?, Zijn ze?

    June 13, 2017


    As a native Norwegian speaker, I always mix up Jij and Je with the Norwegian "I" which is Jeg.

    November 19, 2017


    why am i studying this ;((((((((((((:(((((((((:::(((((

    December 3, 2017
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