https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eminem1219

Difference between these two nouns?

Ok so der Leiter means the leader and Die Leiterin also means the leader. What is the difference between them..? They both are singular and have the same meaning. Ive been seeing more and more nouns like this example, and decided to get help. Im very confused, thanks.

November 1, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimPanzee

Hi, der Leiter = the leader (man) / die Leiterin = the leader (woman) / die Leiter = the leaders (pl.) / die Leiterinnen = the leaders (only women) / die Leiter = the ladder / die Leitern = the ladders

November 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamieJamJams

In English, we can call someone a teacher and we don't specify whether it is a male or a female teacher. We just say "teacher" whether or not the teacher is a man or a woman. However, german makes this more specific and says "der Lehrer" for men teachers and "die Lehrerin" for female teacher. This is the same with der Leiter und die Leiterin and "Ich bin Amerikaner oder ich bin Amerikanerin".... and many many other words!

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaronbernalb

Thanks, i had this question too, in spanish we specify gender also, but since i learn german in english, it's kind of hard to understand.

June 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta1212

It's a bit like actor/actress or waiter/waitress in English, but the distinction gets used a lot more frequently in German.

November 3, 2014
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