"I am a rat."
Translation:Eu sou um rato.
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)
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!!!
No, it would be 'sou' because they are permanently a rat. 'Estou' is the permanent version of the Eu form of 'To-Be' but because it is a rat saying that , they will forever be a rat, so 'Sou' is used. If you know any Spanish, think of it this way. 'Ser' is To-Be, Permanent. 'Estar' is To-Be, Temporary
Oi Is there no difference between a rat and a mouse. On a previous round , the animal introduction round, RATO was a Mouse!! and now it is also a Rat???. i have searched on google translate and others. both in danish and in english, Rato seems to mean both A rat and A mouse? . I am a bit confused- help is much appreciated. Obrigado
sorry for the late reply. Yes i hear you and i have just bought a Portuguese/ Danish dictionary and a mouse is a camundongo and a rat is a Rato, but on many question rounds i Duolingo, the word Rato has been shown to have a duo meaning, sometimes they say RATO means Rat and other times they say RATO means Mouse, hence the confusion. but from what i can understand it can come to this Rato ( Mouse) is pronounced RATO, but rat is pronounced as HARTO with an H sound.