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"Die Kinder lesen Bücher."

Translation:The children read books.

May 9, 2013



Wait so what is the pronunciation in this case? (For Bücher)


The best way I heard to start learning how so pronounce ö (from my opera coach) is to hold your lips like an "o" but say "ee" with your voice. Do that for a while and learn what it sounds like and try to replicate it more naturally.


Yes! This is 100% the best way I have heard to pronounce this sound. That deserves a Lingot.


you deserve a lingot, enjoy it


wow it works, I'm swedish so I say it everyday but wow!


But the question is how to pronounce "Bücher" with an "ü", not how to pronounce "ö".


What he described gives you an "ü".

To get a long "ö", you'd have to make a German long /e:/ sound, rather than an /i:/ sound (aka "ee"), while rounding your lips as for "o" or "oo".


If SBianchini's decription gives the "ü" then there's a typo in her answer. She wrote "ö" instead of "ü". Just for me: German "ü" is like "uu" in Dutch "vuur"; German "u" is like "oe" in Dutch "koe"; German "ö" is like "eu" in Dutch "neus".


Note that German has long and short vowel distinctions -- your descriptions are, I believe, correct for long ü u ö.

I'm not sure whether Dutch has vowels corresponding to German short ü u ö.


The 3 letters " o,u and a" with 2 dots on them(ä, ü and ö)are called umlauts in Deutsch. They have a different pronounciation than the normal letters. ä-is pronounced as "a" as in the name of english letter "A". ü- is pronounced as "you" as in english word. Eg. B-you-cher ö- is pronounced as "yo" as in the english slang word.


actually, the letter ä is not likr the normal letter a from English. it sounds like ee. let me give you an example, the word Vater in plural is Väter. You pronounce that as Fee-ter. try going on google translation to get the exact pronounciation. Also, ü is actually pronounced just like the word "you" but without the y. Bücher is not B-you-cher, its more likely to be described as B-oo-cher and the ch is pronounced just like the first letter of the word "have", only the first letter. Then, ö is not pronounced like "yo". Imagine the word schön. The ö is pronounced like a mix of a "e" in the german alphabet and the "o" also in the german alphabet.

i don't know if you have been learning this language for long, but im Swiss and im sure of everything above. (i do not live in Switzerland, i have totally forgotten the german language, thats why im on the german course)

have a great day.


Forvo.com is a great website to hear pronunciation by native speakers. And I'm sorry to say but the English "you" has the German "u", not the "ü".


i think 'boo-icher'


It sounds like that in the app and maybe be even when people speak because the real world pronunciation depends on the person speaking it. But if you look at it grammatically the actual pronuncuation of umlaut is as i've discribed them. You can consult someone who teaches the language for this doubt it'll be much more helpfull as its difficult to write how to pronounce it.


its like that but i wouldnt pernounce it that way


can anyone tell me why the plural of Buch has an umlaut which results in "Bücher"?


Sometimes in German when the word have only one vowel, and that vowel is "umlautable" (a, o, u) must put the umlaut in that vowel to form the plural, for example Mann = Männer, Fuß = Füße, Wort = Wörter. There's no set rule though, you must learn the plural when you learn the word.


I always have trouble with the spelling of German words. Any tips?


Remember that if there is an 'e' at the end of the sentence it is pronounced like an 'a' This is a helpful thing to know and helped me succeed in a lot of spelling. german words are pretty much spelled how they sound so if you figure out those tricks like with the 'e' then it will be easier.


Most of them are under 5 letters but if not the best thing you can do is study it I guess


So there are no tips??


For everybody that isn't able to clearly hear the pronunciation of Bücher on here and on Forvo, the group of which I do belong to, there is a clear pronunciation here:


If you still can't hear it, just look at the I.P.A. on that page, which is listed as /ˈbyːçɐ/, and click "key" by where it says "IPA" to find:


This indicates that the 'ch' in 'Bücher' is pronounced the same as the 'ch' in 'ich'.

The 'u' with an umlaut is, or so I've been told, as someone else has mentioned here, pronounced most closely by making the lips into the 'oo' shape, as in when you say the word 'moose', and then saying the 'ee' sound, as in the word 'bee', with your lips still in the moose shape. We can call this pronunciation, therefore, the moose-bee pronunciation. There's an image for you!


I am very much confused.. Is this translation is correct or not..? THE CHILDREN ARE READING BOOKS. Please clear ne


Why isn't this "The child reads books"?


Child = Kind; Children = Kinder


That's right, thanks!


In the lesson notes, you are given I, you, he/she/it etc and the corresponding verb. However, how do you know which verb to use when the sentence doesn't have I, you he/she/it etc? What happens when you see 'The girl reads'? 'The men read'? How do you know which verb to use then?


However, how do you know which verb to use when the sentence doesn't have I, you he/she/it etc? What happens when you see 'The girl reads'? 'The men read'? How do you know which verb to use then?

You look at which pronoun could replace the subject.

the girl = she

the men = they

So "the girl reads" is das Mädchen liest just like er/sie/es liest

And "the men read" is die Männer lesen just like sie lesen.

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It's the same as in English. You add an "s" to the verb for he/she/t, e.g. "the girl reads", even if there is no literal he/she/it present, but only "the girl".


Can it be "Die Kinder lesen die Bücher"?


    You've added die. As in English, that changes the meaning to make it more specific about which books.


    How can one find the vocabulary you are supposed to know before attempting the lesson. I find it frustrating just guessing till one gets the correct answer


    If you click on the lightbulb before starting the lessons you'll find a lot of it there. Also the world block questions (the ones where you match the english and german words) give you a lot of them. I keep a notebook of the vocabulary and i keep a list of the verb conjugates .


    Would "the children are reading books" also be accurate?

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    Yes. And it is accepted as well.


    How to pronounce lesen? ?


    Why isn't it "The children are reading books"?


    It is. If you wrote that and it wasn't accepted you should report it with the report function as "My answer should be accepted".


    can it also be "children read books"?


    It has "The" in the beginning.


    The pronunciation is impossible, Sounds like Guchar to me.


    sometimes you just have to work with (or guess from) the words for the lessen. We get these when we choose the lesson. I wish those lists included translation and a pronouncing button. Maybe i will recommend that inclusion to the support group.


    To me it sounds like BOO-YA


    yeah, I tried listening to it multiple times. sometimes I hear it as booye, other times like boochier, bushier, gushier, etc... I also tried saying it on google translate to see if it will recognize what I'm saying, but it turns out thinking I said something like gucci or something


    if "die Kinder" is nominative and "Bücher" is accusative. can i change it into "die Bücher liest die Kinder" just like Der Hund beißt den Mann become Den Mann beißt der Hund?


      Note that reversing the position of the subject/object is only done to change the emphasis. It's not just "whichever one you like". So if there's no special emphasis intended on what the children are reading, don't do it.

      But otherwise, you're pretty much right. Although, you've added Die with Bücher which was not in the original sentence (so you've changed the meaning), and you've used the wrong verb conjugation (it should still be lesen as it's still based off die Kinder).

      However, this is one of those situations where the subject/object isn't made explicitly clear by the grammar alone (since it's using die in both accusative and nominative for plurals, unlike der/den in your example). It'd have to be made clear by context or intonation when speaking. If it was used in writing, it would likely cause at least momentary confusion for the reader - which if not intentional should probably be a sign that you should reword it for clarity.


      Why can't I say "der Kinder lesen Bücher"? I wrote like that and said it was incorrect

      The correct one was "die Kinder lesen Bücher"

      What's the difference between die and der?


      "die" is used before all plural nouns in German. "Kinder" is plural here, so you must say "die Kinder". Even if it was "Kind" (singular form), you would say "das Kind" (because "kind" is neuter)


      I spell it like BU-SH-EYA spoken in a bit of speed.Hope it helps


      Why the children read books, why not "the children reading books" ??


      Because "The children reading books" is not a sentence. The earlier portion of the Duolingo course requires declarative sentences, that is, sentences which are composed of a subject "The children" and a predicate "are reading books". The sentence would not be complete if it were "The children reading books" because nothing is being predicated of that subject.

      If you meant to type "The children ARE reading books", then that would be a perfect answer. German present tense verbs are ambiguous between two senses, the complete/perfect and the progressive.


      shouldn't there be an ein or eine between lesen and bucher


        No. As in English, you don't need an article with plurals (and in fact you can't use the indefinite article).


        Yeah, az_p is correct. Ein/eine is like the indefinite article "a/an". Since bucher is the plural of buch, like the English word books is the plural form of book, using ein/eine here would be like saying the children are reading a books (or an books). You could, however, use a definite article, even though one is not needed, like the English word "the". This, however, would have the effect of implying that the children are reading specific books. It is somewhat akin to the difference between saying "the children are reading books" and "the children are reading the books" in English.


        The children reads a book ?


          No, it's poor English ("read" rather than "reads" for a plural subject), and the German sentence uses the plural Bücher ("books" rather than "a book").


          I think that Germans add "er" or something like that to the end of words to make them plural. #INeedLingots :(


            There are multiple ways that German words can become plural (not all plurals are modified the same way). Read this lesson tips page.


            The slow down bution should work.


            How is ''The children are reading the books.'' wrong?


            Because that implies (with the use of "the books") that the children are reading a particular set of books that is known to the listener, typically because you had mentioned that particular set of books before.

            But the German sentence does not refer to any particular set of books -- it uses Bücher without a definite article, i.e. books in general.


            Why not "das Bücher" ? Or "Die Kinder sind lesen Bücher" ?


            I haven't been studying German for a while but, if I recall correctly, das Buch would become die Bücher in the plural. Also, while I think that you can say "sind lesen" in German, it doesn't seem necessary to say "sind lesen". That, to my mind, emphasizes the fact that they ARE reading books as opposed to just saying that they are reading books. The conjugation of German verbs already gives an idea of who is doing the reading, so you would probably only want to use "sind" for clarification or to say that they ARE reading the books (as in--no, really, the children ARE reading the books).


            I think that you can say "sind lesen" in German

            No, you can't.

            Die Kinder sind lesen. would translate to "The children are read." and that does not make sense in either language.

            German does not have a continuous aspect in its verbs.

            This is mentioned in the tips and notes for the very first unit of this course ( https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Basics-1 ).


            Good to know. That is why I didn't state that you could with any sort of certitude. I stand corrected, good sir.

            Just to be clear, I wasn't thinking that you could say just "Die Kinder sind lesen", but are you saying that you can't even say "Die Kinder sind lesen Bücher" (and not that it's just not done, but that it would be grammatically incorrect)? I think that this is a valuable lesson for everybody here.

            Thanks for your time!


            That's right; Die Kinder sind lesen Bücher. simply makes no sense in German.


            Alrighty, thanks a ton. This is useful information.


            German uses definite and indefinite articles more or less like English does.

            So there is a difference between Die Kinder lesen Bücher "The children are reading books" (no article before books: indefinite) and Die Kinder lesen die Bücher "The children are reading the books" (with definite article before books) -- the version with the definite article implies that the speaker is talking about a specific group of books that the listener will know about, perhaps because those books have been mentioned before in the conversation.


            Is it lesen (versus another conjugation) because it's in a plural form?


            Yes -- plural noun phrases such as die Kinder take third person plural verb forms, which is lesen in this case.

            (First and third person plural, i.e. "we" and "they", always look the same, and they always look like the infinitive except, as far as I know, for the verb "to be": sein but wir sind, sie sind.)


            Couldn't it be "The children are reading books"?


            Many of the other sentences I have encountered were read as "The men are reading books" when it said "Die Männer lesen Bücher" so why is there no "are" in this sentence? Perhaps I may have gotten the lesen wrong in my eample sentnce, though I do see that some of the same sentences discussing people preforming verbs interchangeably use "(people) ARE (doing the activity)" and just simply "(people) (do the activitiy)". Why is this and when/how can I identify the difference in German?


            German doesn’t have separate present continuous and present simple tenses — there is just one present tense.

            So whereas in English you have to think about whether an action is repeated or habitual or always true (present simple) or something that is happening right now (present continuous), you don’t have to worry about that in German — both “they read (every day)” and “they are reading (right now)” translate to sie lesen.

            When you’re translating from German into English, an individual Duolingo sentence usually does not contain any context about whether an action is repeated or one time, and so usually both translations can be appropriate and will be accepted.


            Oh, thank you! This is very helpful; danke!


            Why they put lesen


            Because that's the verb form to use for die Kinder (the children) -- third person plural, like "they".


            Why is "The children are reading the books" wrong? Lesen refers to reading right???


            lesen is reading, yes.

            But you wrote "the books" -- and the German sentence just says Die Kinder lesen Bücher. "The children are reading books."


            Why it says I'm wrong for writing "the kid" sinse kid and child means the same?


            die Kinder does not mean "kid" or "child".

            die Kinder is the plural of das Kind and means "the kids" or "the children".


            Is it more proper in german to say "die Bücher"? E.g. Die Kinder lesen die Bücher.

            Or was my professor just really proper?


            Is it more proper in german to say "die Bücher"? E.g. Die Kinder lesen die Bücher.

            Both sentences are possible and they mean different things.

            Die Kinder lesen die Bücher. "The children are reading the books." (The children are reading a particular collection of books that is known (or obvious) to the listener -- the listener can identify what "the books" refers to.)

            Die Kinder lesen Bücher. "The children are reading books." (There is no expectation that the listener will know which books are being referred to. "books" is indefinite here -- it could be any books.)


            What's the difference between "leist" and "lesen"? Both have the same meaning when I w using the pop up function. Please help with this

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            There is no such word as "leist". I think you meant "liest".
            And no, "liest" and "lesen" don't have the same meaning. They are different conjugated forms of the verb "lesen" ("to read"). "liest" is 3rd person singular (he/she/it), "lesen" is both 1st and 3rd person plural (we resp. they).


            There is no such word as "leist".

            Leist dir mal bitte ein besseres Wörterbuch :)

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            The imperative singular of "leisten" should be "leiste!" So it could only be "leist'.


            The imperative singular of "leisten" should be "leiste!"

            Both leist! and leiste! are fine as the imperative singular of leisten:

            Both sources even list leist! first (though that might be simply alphabetical order rather than preference).


            Hiw do we use lesen and leist

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            You misspelled "leist". It has to be "liest".
            "liest" is 3rd person singular, so it is for "he/she/it": "er/sie/es liest".
            "lesen" is 1st or 3rd person plural, so it is for "we" and "they": "wir lesen", "sie lesen".
            And it is also used for the polite address "Sie" (capital "S"), which always uses the forms of 3rd person plural.
            "Sie lesen" = "you read" (formal).


            It a question about correctnes of article usage. In English we usually do not use THE in front of a plural word. Children is plural child is singular. Why THE in the begining?

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            Not true.

            Though articles are in some contexts used differently in English and German, this is not the case here.
            In both languages the distinction "Kinder" vs. "die Kinder" resp. "children" vs. "the children" exists. So it should be translated accordungly.
            Of course "the children" exists in English. And it#s not the same as "children".


            In English we usually do not use THE in front of a plural word.

            That is not a rule.

            We use "the" before a noun when we are referring to a particular or definite noun that the listener can identify -- whether that noun is singular or plural.

            "the children" is perfectly fine: it refers to a particular group of children that the listener can identify -- perhaps because you have just been speaking about them. It does not refer to children in general or to an unidentified group of children.


            how would you know if it is "reads" or "is reading"

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            If there are no particular signs in the sentence that speak in favour of one or the other, you can't. This is why Duolingo accepts both in most cases.

            Btw., in this sentence the alternatives are "read" and "are reading".


            Trying to learn a bit of german grammer, is this sentence past tense or is it describing something the children do on occasion?


            is this sentence past tense


            lesen is present tense.

            It might be describing something that they are doing right now (= they are reading), or something that they do regularly or occasionally (= they read).

            Standard German does not make a distinction between those two in grammar, unlike English.


            What's the difference between the translation of "lessen" for "read" or "are reading"?


            What's the difference between the translation of "lessen" for "read" or "are reading"?

            It's lesen (one s).

            And German present tense can be translated into English simple present (they read) or present continuous (they are reading) -- German does not make this distinction in grammar.

            So if there is no context (such as "right now" or "every day") in the sentence, then often, both translations can make sense -- and in that case, both will be accepted. Pick either of them.


            How i know which tense use in this sentence( different between simple and Continous)


            How i know which tense use in this sentence( different between simple and Continous)

            You can use either one.


            Can anyone explain about liest/lesse/lessen?

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            It is not "lesse" or "lessen". There is only one "s".

            ich lese - I read
            du liest - you read (one person informal)
            er/sie/es liest - he/she/it reads
            wir lesen - we read
            ihr lest - you read (several persons informal)
            sie lesen - they read
            Sie lesen - you read (one or several persons formal)


            Pudge is an intelligent hero, butcher, to make me remember bucher


            Don't forget to give your hero a capital B and an ü. Das Buch, die Bücher.


            Not sure when Duo thinks translation should be in simple present or continuous present tense.

            E. G. Because my previous was wrong hear I have given "The children are reading book", now this time this wrong and Duo wants it as "The children read book". This is exactly reverse of previous question.


            Bücher means "books", not "book".


            I wrote the kids read the books... Kinder is kids.. But Duolingo showed wrong..


            Yes, that's because you translated "die Kinder lesen die Bücher". However, the sentence is without an article before "Bücher".....


            Another point of inconsistency from Duolingo. 'Are reading or read' these are the same things and either one has been used through the course for the same german.

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            In English they are not "the same thing". But theyy are not distinguished in German. So, if there is no additional hint in the sentence Duo always accepts both as a translation. So where do you see an inconsistency?


            Does anyone know how to pronounce "cher" in "Bücher"? It sounds to me like "ya". Thanks.


            In cases like this I am checking pronunciation on different resources, like: http://www.forvo.com/word/b%C3%BCcher/#de http://www.dict.cc/?s=B%C3%BCcher


            Does somebody know any rule for the pronunciation of "ch" as J or Sh?


            "...sch" is when to pronounce is as Sh (as in "shhhh, be quiet"). The leading 's' gives it away. Else a "...ch" is like a breathy "ck", more akin to ck'h, if there was such a string of letters in English. Less tight and curt, more Liverpudlian (sorry Liverpool dwellers). Think of the name Middle Eastern name Achmed, it's not A-ck-med so really gravel up the 'ch-hhhhh'. Also don't fall into the typical English mispronunciation of Buch = Butch, there's no 't' in there.

            Waschmaschine = Washing Machine, sch = sh. Erwachsenen = Adults, ch = ck'h

            I've been to an Italian run Eiscafe in Austria, and they pronounced Becher (beaker/glass/goblet) "Besher", which is incorrect, as there's no "sch", just "ch". It shouldn't sound like the abbreviated girls name Becka, but more "Beckheh".

            But pronounced as a 'J'? J's are pronounced like Y's in German.


              Helpful YouTube playlist about German pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8345BD873EEE18F4


              What is the pronunciation for "ch" in Bücher

                1. This was asked and answered several times already in the comments - always read them first to find helpful stuff!

                2. Duolingo has a speech simulator. If you click the blue speaker icon, it will play the word to you with a computerised voice. Often this is good enough.

                3. There is a website called Forvo which has real recordings of native speakers. It is one of many useful sites you should bookmark to help your learning.

                4. YouTube is a great place for finding pronunciation tutorials. Here is a playlist that covers many parts of German, so you might find something in there. You can also make your own searches (if for example you want explanations in another language besides English).

                Good luck!


                Thanks But I wanna know Something like Phonetic Alphabet I cant hear it well


                  The international phonetic alphabet isn't something everyone understands (I don't know it), so I didn't suggest it up front.

                  You can usually find transcriptions of words using the IPA in dictionaries. Wiktionary has it, and so does Pons (you can also hover a mouse cursor over the phonetic spelling for more tips, but it's in German). You may find others that you like too.


                  just respond to the freaking question -_-


                  Why are 'the children are reading books' and 'the children read books' both correct? If there is an 'are' in the sentence wouldn't there be a 'sind' in there too?


                    Sind meaning "are" is only in the sense of "the children are books" (which does not make sense). You could say something like "the children are small": Die Kinder sind klein.

                    The English "are reading" just uses "are" as a 'helping verb' - it doesn't actually mean that the children are anything, and so it doesn't translate to sind in German.

                    In grammatical terminology, "are reading" is called present-continuing tense (they are still doing it right now), and "read" is just present tense (they do it, but nothing is said about when). German, interestingly, does not have present-continuing tense. This is why when we want to translate present-continuing tense into German, it just becomes present tense (yes, a little bit of the meaning is lost). And in reverse, why we can usually translate present tense in German into either present tense in English, or present-continuing tense. In reality, just choose whichever one sounds best to you based on the context (or select both if it's multiple-choice).

                    For future reference, this and other useful tips are explained at the beginning of each lesson if you use a web browser and scroll down after selecting a topic but before starting a practice session: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Basics-1


                    Why die kinder not der kinder


                      All plurals use die.

                      This does not mean they are feminine. Feminine singular nouns and plurals just both use die.


                      why not "Das kinder lesen.."?? I thought that for neuter gender it was Das and for feminine, it was Die.

                      And since "kinder" is neuter....

                      Please, I need a hand with this ;(


                        All plurals use die, as well.

                        Later when you learn about accusative case and the other cases, it may be helpful to bookmark or copy down this table in your notes.


                        oh lots of stuff to learn! thank you very much :)


                        I'd like translate kinder into kids,Cause it is shorter


                        How can we put umlauts?


                        Why doesn't it say "die Bücher"? Why without die?


                        whats is difference between liese and lese? both are to read?


                        one of them has an 'i'


                        They remind me to put umlouts (sp?) Because im not using a German keyboard on my phone. However, my question is how imporant are they if i was typing with a native German speaker? Would it completely change the word? Would it make it difficult for them to understand what im saying without them?


                        so the plural nouns have -er at the end?


                        so the plural nouns have -er at the end?

                        Some of them, but -er is only one possible plural ending in German. Other ones include -e, -en, and -s, as well as no ending at all (i.e. singular looks like plural, or only the vowel in the stem changes between singular and plural).


                        I do the studing on my phone, it does't have umlouts...


                        What is wrong with.. The children are reading books


                        It's rather random but for those of you who can't be bothered to click the letter, nor have a german keyboard, the alternative to an letter with an umlaut (a, o, u) is to replace the two dots with "e" after the letter. E.g. ö = oe


                        how do you say the suffix in busher


                        If you mean the -er part, you say it like you say "air", but with a British accent (very soft 'r'). It almost sounds like the 'eyah' part in 'heyah'.


                        I said "The child reads books" and it said I should have said "The child read books" ???


                        Die Kinder is plural. It means 'the children'. Therefore, the answer should be either "The children are reading books" or "The children read books".


                        I'm so confused by the verb tenses and such! Arrrggg. Duo doesn't break it down and explain why verbs change and how they do! I thought "lesen" was "reading" but here it's just "read"....head desk


                        Not even proper english


                        Lesen read or reading Help


                        Both! German verbs work like that. Either "The children are reading books" or "The children read books" would be correct in this case..


                        the is amazeballs


                        How do you know how to conjugate the verb in this sentence? I know how to conjugate verbs that come after a personal pronoun such as I, you, we, he, she, it; but how do you conjugate verbs where there is no personal pronoun?


                        Conjugation, in most languages that I know of, is based primarily upon the number and person of the subject (although, it might also have to do with mood, tense, etc.).

                        The subject can be a noun or a pronoun, as in English. In this case the subject is the noun 'die Kinder', the children. You can see that the number is plural, rather than singular, by the use of the word 'Kinder', rather than Kind, and by the use of the plural definite article 'die', rather than the singular, neuter article das.

                        The tricky part is knowing the person of the noun. The way I like to think of it is to determine what pronoun I would use in place of the noun (i.e., I, you, he/she/it, we, you all, or they). It is obvious that you wouldn't say 'I am reading books', 'You are reading books', 'he/she/it is reading books', 'we are reading books', or 'you all are reading books' when replacing the noun with a pronoun. Therefore, you would say 'They are reading books'. They is the 3rd person plural pronoun. For that reason, you would use the 3rd person plural conjugation of lesen, which is lesen, which also happens to be the same as the 1st person plural conjugation of lesen.

                        That is a slow, but sure, way of figuring it out. Now, this will change when you are dealing with things like the subjunctive mood (konjunktiv), but for now that is how I would go about it.

                        The faster way is to memorize the phrase as a unit. 'Die Kinder lesen', 'Das Kind liest', etc. Also, it just makes sense that when you are talking about someone else, like the children, you are not going to be saying I, you, we, or you all. You will, when speaking about a third party (hence "third person"), always be saying either 'he/she/it' or 'they'. The only question, then, is which number, singular or plural, or, in this case, one child or more than one child.

                        I hope that this helps you.

                        Feel free to correct me, anybody. I haven't been studying German for long (but I do like studying language, in general).


                        My answer and correct answer are the same, yet I am told I have made a mistake...


                        What is the difference between "liest" and "lesen"? How we are supposed to identify when we have to use which word? Please help :)


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                        Same as the difference between "reads" and "read".


                        You can hover over the word and a drop down menu displays singular and plural conjugated examples in English and German.


                        This doesn't cut it if you have a question where you need to type out the German word that's dictated to you.


                        my answer was " the kids read book" I think thats close enough to "The kids read books" to qualify as 'correct'


                        Female narrator's voice is indistinct for my old, octogenarian ears.


                        Hi all, quick question. what is the diference of present an present continious in German.. it's seems that in German we can use the same sentence to describe "he reads" or "he is reading"?? or another example. .. i read vs I'm reading?? thanks


                          Please see my recent comment to 'arandomabbie'.


                          lesen is the verb form for wir (we) or sie (they) -- but not for ihr (you, plural).


                          I cant hear then right its deficalt


                          I said reads instead of read!:( *WOW


                          how am I getting this wrong, I don't understand this. Someone please help


                          She shouldn't use a long e in lesen


                          The first 'e' in lesen is long.


                          They really shouldn't make plurals as a single chapter. This way I would just put an 's' to the end of all the nouns when doing the review!




                          My answer: Children read books.

                          Correct answer: The children read books.

                          << This is one of those that makes no sense >>


                          it makes perfect sence


                          There is a "Die" at the start so it should start with "the".

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