"I am a rat."
Translation:Eu sou um rato.
"Mom, I'm a rat!" mom sighs and turns around to face timmy "No you're not a rat, Timmy. We've talked about this before. Don't say that. You're not a rat." Timmy is depressed now.
Now that is a very interesting question, because these concepts are not clear in English (nor German).
Both mean different things, but in english they match the verb to be.
"Sou" means "I am", but it's somewhat permanent. "Eu sou alto" = "I am tall". I cannot change that, that's in my nature, I am tall.
"Estou" is a transitory state of the verb to be. Also means "I am", but it's not permanent. Imagine I put high heels on, I would get taller. Then I'd say: "Eu estou alto" = "I am tall (at this moment, but it can change)"
Then, "Sou" is "I am (in essence)". And "Estou" is "I am (in this transitory state)"
Eu sou bonito = I am handsome (by nature, no matter what I wear)
Eu estou bonito = I am handsome (in these clothes).
When you ask "Where am I?", you can only translate to "Onde estou?", because you location is transitory, can change. If you said "Onde sou?" It would be odd.
If you say "Estou doente" (I am sick), you caught some illnes that may be gone.
If you say "Sou doente", then you've got some disease you carry for your entire life (or long enough to be a quality, not a state)
All that being said then shouldn't estou be correct as well? Maybe she/he has dressed up for a party.
one is permant and one is temporary, just like estoy and soy in spanish. i am tired would use estou bc its a temporary state. i am a woman would be sou bc its a permanent state.
Well, Dan in this case ' estou uma rata' might be right considering what you've written. That is, this person is temporarily a rat, and can become something else. Strangely, the DL's built in CNN considered it right anyway due to a processing error. The CNN saw 'estou uma rata' as a spelling error..... ha!!!
Yea, I assume that is the feminine version. While the masculine version is "rato"
If it is a rat speaking, as in cartoons, then "eu estou um rato' should be acceptable