"Hennes pojkvän är kines."

Translation:Her boyfriend is Chinese.

February 15, 2015

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I thought he was German!


a bit confused here. Could kinesisk work?


Kines is the noun and kinesisk is the adjective. Sometimes these are the same in Swedish, as in svensk, and sometimes they’re the same in English, as with Chinese. But just as English has a difference between Swede and Swedish, Swedish has a difference between kines and kinesisk.

It sounds better to use the noun in my opinion, but I guess you could use the adjective as well.


Now hold on here. In English we use the adjective here, and you use the noun? Just confirming.

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No, "Chinaman" is not considered the demonym in English.

The adjective (Chinese) and the demonym (Chinese) happen to be the same in this case, whereas in Swedish we have two different words, or actually three if you add the female version.

Kines - Chinese (male person)
Kinesiska - Chinese (female person)
Kinesisk(t) - Chinese (adjective)


Thanks for the information. Just for reference, how common is it to make distinction between male and female versions? I thought I remember seeing a post that said the distinction may not be used very commonly anymore.


So "Han är svensk" is literally "He is Swede", not "He is Swedish", right? So it's "Han är noun", not "Han är adjective"?


I swear one of the sentences was something like "Han lär mig kinesiska". Does this fit the above notes?


In this discussion for "De lär mig kinesiska", @devalanteriel says that "kinesiska" is also the name of the language. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/7354300/De-l%C3%A4r-mig-kinesiska


For us the noun version is now considered racist. "Chinaman" is no longer used, not sure exactly why, we still say Frenchman, Englishman et cetera.


I think it's more or less because in the old days anyone from Asia was considered a "Chinaman", even if they weren't from china. Which is probably why it's offensive.


In Australia it was used of Chinese people on the goldfields... and it just feels super racist, like I associate it with the gross stereotyping that went on then. For that reason in Australia I think it was moved away from. Plus “China” not “Chinese” sounds objectifying in some way, plus “man” only.

OMG... I remember a playground taunt from my childhood nearly 4 decades ago that had the word “Chinaman” in it... that poor one kid in my school D:< (Now yesterday I was in the centre of the city and there was a giant movie billboard in Chinese so [parts of] Australian society have very much shifted.)

I’ve heard “the Chinese” commonly used collectively as well as “Chinese people”. Former is commonly used in Australian media but I don’t feel so comfy using it.


Bro I don't have a problem being called a "Chinese man" yo

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Confused. What would "sin pojkvän" mean?


You can only say sin pojkvän if the subject (whose boyfriend it is) is present in the sentence. So you can say Hon frågar sin pojkvän because then sin can refer back to hon, but since 'she' isn't in the sentence here, you cannot use sin.

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