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" bean mé!"

Translation:I am not a woman!

August 26, 2014



Quite the common phrase indeed. I always hate it when people mistake me for a woman.


I often get mistaken for a woman. even with my beard. it must be the long hair.


Dia duit, Miss Wurst


Me too. My voice is deep though, so they soon realise their error.


Don't judge the Irish!


When people call me a "Bearded Lady", I will now respond to them with this phrase. note: I cannot recall ever being called a "Bearded Lady". But we learn these things just in case we need them for later, because you really never know what can happen.


Either she is lying, or the recorded voice is that of a very strange man.


shrugs Well, nobody's perfect.


Mama would approve


Is "I am no woman" not acceptable?


I'll have to disagree with both Postillion and RyanOkushi here: It does not necessarily mean the same thing; and, it is grammatically correct.

There is a subtle difference between saying "I am not an X" and "I am no X." The former is a purely factual statement, while the latter expresses that one does not have the character of an X. Saying "I am not an author" simply expresses that one's profession is not writing. Saying "I am no author" would almost imply that one lacks the skills or characteristics associated with being an author.

Sometimes, "I am no X" can mean the same as "I am not an X," but in those cases, the former sounds rather old-fashioned. An example would be Éowyn's famous line from Lord of the Rings, "I am no man."


It certainly means the same, but Duo is occasionally picky.


As Postillion said, it means the same thing. However, "I am no woman" isn't proper grammar, so that's probably why Duolingo doesn't accept it.


What is the difference between 'Ni bean me' and 'Nil bean me'?


Doesn't Nil refer to temporary states like "I am (currently) not sick"? Saying you are currently not a woman might sound strange.


Not if you were Caitlyn Jenner before the operation (sorry for the horrible, tasteless joke, but I put it into a suitable context!)


TL/DR: This sentence is a copula usage, therefore "Níl" (a form of "bí") cannot be used for the same reason as "Tá" cannot be used in the sentence "Is bean mé".

The difference is that "Ní" is the negative form of the copula (previously seen in its positive form "Is") while "Níl" is the contracted form of "Ní fhuil".

What exactly is "Ní fhuil" you may ask? Well, "Ní" is the preverbal particle of negation (meaning "not"), basically, you put it in front of a verb to make a positive statement negative. The "fhuil" ("fuil" but lenited because of "Ní") part is actually a form of the verb "bí" called the 'dependent' form. (If you remember, "Tá" is the present tense form of "bí".) It is used when the verb doesn't stand alone (in this case, because of the presence of the "Ní").

An example may help... If you took the positive statement "Tá mé mór" (I am big) and wanted to make it negative, and 'see' it step by step, it would look like this:

"Tá mé mór" --> X fuil mé mór --> Ní fhuil mé mór --> Nil mé mór.

*These forms are not really valid, they are for illustrative purposes only.


Avatar: the last airbender anyone?


cool, i love everyone's transphobia on this sentence but thanks to your including it because it actually is something i would need to learn to say.


I found it useful enough just for the construction "I am not a (noun)," but I am glad you found the specific useful. And sorry about the transphobes. Duo lets some pretty awful comments stand, IME, as long as they don't use actual slurs or obscenities.


Me too. I also love the horrified tone of the speaker because thats ecactly how i would say it!


So "Is _ mé" means "i am ." And "Ní _ mé" means "i am not _."


Yes. That is correct. "Is bean me." - "I am a woman." "Ni bean me." - "I am not a woman."


I just love it how the voice sounds offended


I hate being called a women


Is there a way to remember where the accents go?


They really need a male Irish voice for this one


Perhaps the speaker is a girl and proud of her youth ???


so is 'ni' used instead of 'is'?


Is - is

Ní - is not

Tiny difference in meaning :)


I meant for position in the sentence!


Then yes! Just replace "is" with "ní" in that sentence, in the same place, to invert the meaning.


Why do i need an a?


English nouns usually need to be preceded by a determiner, such as an article ("a" or "the").


Can anyone explain when to use ní and when to use níl?

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