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"Een vrouw en een man"

Translation:A woman and a man

July 17, 2014



Vrouw sounds like Frau D:


Yup it's not exactly the same, but quite similar, vrouw also has the same origin as the German word Frau.

For more info on the etymology: http://www.etymologiebank.nl/trefwoord/vrouw


Lol I thought the same thing, it is so much similar to German


How I learned it is that holland is between Germany and England, it is easier for Americans and the English to learn Dutch than German


I like how you don't have to capitalize the first letter of every noun like in Deutsch.


You should be happy to hear that: I was told that German is the only language in the world that does that!


Luxembourgish, too (and yes, that's a language, not a dialect)


Is it just this particular voice that makes "en" and "een" sound the same? I can hear the difference when playing the slowed version, but at normal speed, it might as well be the same sound.


Dutch is my native language, so here are some pointers: 'En' (meaning 'and') is pronounced how an English speaker would pronounce the letter N in the alphabet. ('El em en oh pee') 'Een' (meaning 'a/an') is pronounced like the 'uhh' sound you make when you're thinking, with an -n added at the end. But usually the 'uh' sound is really short and barely audible. 'Een' or 'één' (meaning 'one') is pronounced like the letter A in the alphabet, with an -n added at the end. The 'A' is pronounced and very audible.


Ah, but which of the many English accents does your hypothetical English speaker have? I think you'd cringe if I applied my NZ accent to your pointers. It probably works fine for an English speaker with a Dutch accent though. :p


Maybe pronouncing it as "un" works better for you


It's actually closer to 'urn' for me, but slightly shorter.


Dank je! That really helps.


I can hear the difference. "Een" is pronounced with a schwa /ən/ while "en" /ɛn/ uses an ɛ like in egg /ɛɡ/.


I can hear it, too. (Lenkvist is a native Dutch speaker, I am not.)


Yeah, I hear that when it is played at snail pace. Played at regular pace... I've replayed the sentence 20 times to see if I can hear it... and i really can't.


To me they're clearly different even at full speed. I'm not a native Dutch speaker, but I am English/French bilingual, so maybe that helps me distinguish more phonemes...


I too can [just barely] hear the difference, but wasn't sure if it was supposed to be different, or just the way the audio was. Thank you for confirming that there is a difference, and yes I agree for newbies like me the difference is very tough to hear. Will take some getting used to.


I can hear the difference - en sounds like, erm, 'en' while een sounds likes 'unh' or something.


If you listen very carefully, een sounds like un in french, and en just sounds like a capital N in english


As a French speaker, I have to say 'een' sounds quite different to 'un'. The n isn't nasalised, for starters.


Great catch here! I think you describe the exact sound :)


Een sounds like a closed longer en, whilst en sounds more like a spanish e.


Does Duo have alphabets? I just noticed I haven't used/learned alphabets for any language I've learned!


Well, Spanish, Dutch and Portugalease (and German..) use the same alphabets, but with different 'special' characters - like umlauts. They might have alphabets for Russian though.


I think what Gabby's talking about is learning what the letters are called. Like for example V is 'vee' in English and 'fau' in German.


Of the languages I've tried in Duolingo, only the Japanese course teaches the language's scripts. Other courses may discuss them in the web version's course notes (Russian script, for example, is not really taught.)


Doing both Dutch and Norwegian makes this sentence hard for me since I want to write, "En vrown en en mann"


As a native Dutch person that's learning Norwegian I can confirm that the languages are quite similar, since they are both Germanic languages. I wouldn't recommend learning them at the same time (I'd probably get really confused!) but wait until you get better at one of them first, so you don't mix em up too much.


Are you having a lot of difficulties learning those two languages at the same time? I want to keep up my almost-B1 swedish while learning Dutch now that I live in Amsterdam, but I'm worried that it'll be too difficult...


Does Dutch not have masc. and fem.?


Dutch has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. But the difference between masculine and feminine is not very important, combined they are referred to as the common gender. The difference between masculine and feminine nouns only shows in sentences like The government and its members. (the its part depends on it), lots of natives ignore the feminine in that case and apply it as if it is masculine. In that type of sentences also lots of mistakes are made by natives using the feminine form for masculine or even neuter words.

This in contrast to other situations (for instance the definite articles) where natives hardly ever mistakes regarding common (masculine+feminine) versus neuter, because there are clear and common differences between the two.


How to different een and en?


"een" is an indefinite article meaning a or an, whereas "en" is a conjunction meaning and.


I am having a hard time understanding the difference between We and wij


The difference between we and wij is that wij puts more stress and emphasis on the pronoun. This is also the case with the following pronouns:

  • jij / je
  • zij / ze
  • mij / me
  • jou / je
  • jouw / je

Some of these pronouns aren't taught until later in the course, so if you don't know what some of these pronouns are don't worry about it. :)


What is the difference between the pronunciation of een and en?


The e in en is pronounced as in egg. The ee in een is pronounced as in ugg.


'R' in vrouw sounds very similar with 'R' in French. but sometimes, it sounds totally different..! what should I do plz anyone help me it is so triky well Im just beginner of this but it is soooo difficultttttttt


Similar question. What is more common [r] or [ʁ~ʀ] for the Dutch „r" sound? Also, why does the „v" in „vrouw" sound like an [f]?


The proper way to say an r in Dutch is to use a rolling r with the tip of your tongue. However, some dialects (like the Ghent one, for example) use the guttural r instead, so it is not uncommon to hear native speakers use that instead.


The "v" sounds more like an "f" because there is an "r" in front of it which makes it more difficult to clearly pronounce the "v".


This is so similar to german. (at first)


How to prounounce man in Dutch?


In IPA, it is [mɑn]. The vowel is like the "a" in "can't" if you are an American trying to imitate an English accent.


Pronounce the "a" like you're saying "ah"-like you just figured something out :)


a husband and a wife is the same as de vrouw agus de man


Not quite. „de“ = "the," whereas „een“ = "a"

P.S. „en“, "agus" is Irish ;)


I wrote a correct answer and i said it was wrong "a female and a male"


The article for both man and woman is the same "Een?"


That's right, there's only one indefinite article in Dutch, which is 'een' :)


When to use man verses mann please?


Man = man, mannen = men


When "en een" come after each other i can hear only one of them. So i actually hear it like (Een vrouw enen man) Is that only me?


I typed a women and a man and its saying i got it wrong


That's because you used the plural of woman, when you were supposed to use the singular.


What does it mean when what I type is underlined or red?


its your computers automated spelling mistake detector if your word is spelled wrong it will get underlined


Is 'en' pronounced as 'and'?


Not quite; the „e" in „en" is similar to the "e" in "bed."

Alternatively, you can think of „en" as being pronounced similar to the name of the letter "N" in English.


I wrote "A woman and a man" and got it wrong


Why it is saying is worng the correct answer is: The women and a man


The word "women" is plural in English; the word "woman" is singular: 1 woman, 2 women.


Think there is a problem here my translation matches the correct answer yet i get red flagged and I lose a heart. Am i missing something here?


I put in the correct answer I even cross referenced myself when it told me I was wrong but it still says I did it wrong


Maybe someone could tell me when we put "a" and when "the"?

  • a = een
  • the = de or het
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