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"Ik ben een man."

Translation:I am a man.

August 18, 2014



English speaking babies and children do not learn the alphabet and sounds first. The listen and learn as we do here by trial and error.After doing it it wrong a few times and being shown the correct answer you begin to get the sounds and meanings....................Duolingo is a great method of learning languages. Not perfect but free and easier than many methods. And it is fun.


Yeah, the most important thing is environment around us, langluage around us, not books and apps, but Duolingo is helpfull and usefull!!


Probably: "Ik ben een vrouw."


the word een is strange, because i believe it should be spoken like the letter "A" in english or "hey" with an "n", so, "heyn", but i see some saying it like the english word "an".

you can clearly see the differences here: http://www.forvo.com/word/een/#nl http://www.forvo.com/word/een_beetje/#nl

so, it's hard to learn, when even the dutch people saying in different ways, this seems like a rogue language, free will to everyone, no rules for us, lol.

From what i've learn, double E in dutch should have the sound of "hey" in english. am i wrong?


Learning about the Dutch alphabet or vowels might help your pronunciation. The Dutch alphabet is very similar to the Spanish, French and German alphabet BTW.

Your link to een beetje is fine. And for the link to een actually één (one) is pronounced (and the Flemish one is in dialect, so you should ignore that one if you want to learn standard Dutch or even if you want to learn a more general Flemish dialect).

I think the pronunciation of een is an exception (it sounds like the Dutch u, and somewhat like English an). Eén (one) is pronounced the way a double ee usually is pronounced. This indeed is close to English hey.

PS I don't think English native speakers have the right to complain about spelling versus pronunciation, English is way worse than any other language I know in that respect. ;)


Duolingo should make people learn the language's alphabet and how each letter sounds first before giving them sentences to translate. As a non-Dutch speaker and as a first course, I don't know how they sound at all.


Or you could learn how to pronounce the letters from examples, instead of having to memorise a table before you get to do anything fun.


I'm not native english, but english feels right to me, comes natural, maybe due to tv/games exposure, in the other end, dutch seems like a language from hell :), tons of exceptions, a word having a tons of meanings, like op, maar, etc. the G sound being an R like spanish, but if it is like koning then dutch people say you don't pronounce it, but i clearly ear a G (normal) sound, lol, but i know what you mean, i also used to say to my wife "oh english is so basic, there's nothing like this irregularities like dutch", but if i start to think of it, it has, but like i said, they are natural, so, i'll guess it will be the same with dutch, when i devote myself to properly learn it.


"hey'' might be the west flemish pronunciation, a notoriously difficult to understand dialect.

But in standard dutch ''één'' (''one'') is pronounced as the letter "A" followed by an "n". The indefinite article ''een'' is pronounced as ''un'' (which sounds a bit similar to the english ''an'' perhaps) . In other words like ''geen'', ''been'', ''deen" and ''veen'' ''een'' is pronounced as ''één''.

I hope this clears it up :)


(I hope to Rigel Kentian)


Thanks, clear and direct, got it :P


Yes cachirro it can be confusing, but in my home language the same word with the same meaning and pronunciation is written "ñ"


In afrikaans which is a derivative of Dutch the double "ee" sounds like s"ee" and instead of using the Dutch word een we use 'n which make and "a" sound like in lip or ship


I made a mistake, i was writing a man, but I put "an" a ''N" in the place of nothing...please, fix it!!!!


Oh luiza you are so pretty, I love you :*


Then you have a rather curious user name.


When you spam the button to play audio it sounds like "big" in english!


ik is a funny word because it contains a k


So does "kill". Is that a funny word too?


it's so much fun to do this as a dutch person.


In Deutsch…// Ich bin ein Mann


What is the difference between ben and bent?


Ben is 1st Person Singular, Bent is 2nd.

Ik ben, je/jij bent.


The option "man" was not available!!


what is the difference between 'ben' and 'bent'?


Here is the conjugation of zijn - to be

  • ik ben - I am
  • jij bent - you are (singular)
  • zij/hij/het is - she/he/it is
  • wij zijn - we are
  • jullie zijn - you are (plural)
  • zij zijn - they are


"een" is "a/an" and "en" is "and'


It is hard to learn


I'm translating it correctly and it wont say its correct. I even added a period, it still says its incorrect. I'd like to move on to the next lesson already.


How to pronounce de man, and de manne?


There's no word "manne" in Dutch.



I just started duch


It said I was typing English not Dutch. I may have had spelling slightly wrong or a couple wring words but it was not English.


Ik ben een man


I am a bit confused. When you are saying a sentende like i am a woman. So ik ben een vrouw.. some sentences i have come across use ' bent' is bent the eauivalent to are in english and is ben am? Thanks in advance


Bent is second person singular of zijn. So: jij/je bent= you are


At school I learnt 'ich bin' not 'ik ben'. I'm confused...


"Ich bin" is German. This is Dutch.


I don't understand the differance between het and de


they're both definite articles; "de" is used for masculine and feminine nouns, "het" for neuter nouns.


I do not hear thevdiscussions or the instructions


Did anyone notice the word sound so much better when the woman says it then when they guy says it.. I usually get it wrong when the guy says something but immediately get it right when she says it


This sentence shouldn't be read by the voice of a woman. This is bad pedagogy.


It is hard learning dutch and french at the same time


By the sound of it: No, you're not.


Sounds more like a boy talking lol


I write I am a man and it says it is wrong, why


I write the right answer and it says it is wrong, why?


You have mistakes in this version. For example, I made a mistake: Ik ben en man (I am and man), but your program say, that there is no mistake. The same situation was in the previous task with the conjugation of verbs. By mistake, I put conjugated verbs to other pronouns and the program also considered this the correct answer. Why are you teaching with mistakes?


Cos po polski ???????


Czy mozna sie uczyc norweskiego po polsku ?...


Nie, przepraszam


No, currently Duolingo only has an English course for Norwegian.


This is SO HARD after learning German. :"Ich bin ein Man" or Ik ben een man" Should i keep going with their similarities, or stop now because i may get confused.


Learn them as separate languages. Only use the similarities when you have to guess a word that you don't know.

If you learn them as "similar", you'll keep using the German words where you need the Dutch ones.


Rigel i would like to say that your explanation was very clear but as a native west flemish person person i disagree with your first comment. In Flemish no 'e' sound EVER sounds like 'hey'. The dutch from the Netherlands however sounds more like that. My husband is also trying to learn dutch and when he uses dutch books from the Netherlands to learn prononciations his accent sounds so different from when using Flemish prononciations


Shouldn't "a man I am" and "I, a man am" be accepted?


Indeed, they shouldn't. Those or not the normal English structures and the Dutch gives no indication that something unusual is going on.


it needs more letters


what do you mean whith that?

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