"Du bist ein Anfänger."

Translation:You are a beginner.

December 16, 2012

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If you wanted to say a female person was a beginner, would you say "eine Anfangerin" or is "der Anfanger" the only option?

October 4, 2013


Yes, you would say "Anfängerin", but remember the umlaut

April 11, 2014


The dictionary states that "Anfänger(-in)" has two genders, it will only depend on of whom you are talking about. Therefore you use "die Anfängerin" (for a female beginner) and "der Anfänger" (for a male beginner). If you want to refer in general terms you would use the masculine version: "Kurs für Anfänger". Based on: Langenscheit Wörterbuch.

September 27, 2015


Why can't we say You are a newcomer?

January 26, 2014


It is not the same thing. For instance, one would not call a new member of a big football club a 'beginner'. According to my dictionary, a 'newcomer' would be Ankömmling (m), Neuangekommene/r (fm) or Newcomer (m, sports).

September 28, 2014


First word in the recording does not come through in either fast or slow playback. You can figure it out from contexr, but I thought Duolingo's programmers might want to know about this.

August 29, 2014


It is light, but it is there in the regular speed at least.

December 15, 2015


Is it correct "You are a beginner" in English? I guessed it should be "You are beginner", without "a".

January 10, 2014


"You are a beginner" would be more correct. An article is almost always used when you say a noun = another noun.

July 23, 2014


As Anfänger is masculine, shouldn't we have 'einen' not 'ein'?

May 15, 2014


I may be incorrect on this, but I think after sein you use the Nominative in declarative statements. Can someone clear this up definitively?

July 25, 2014


Yes, yes, that's it. Thank you.

July 29, 2014


I said "you are a newcomer" and it is wrong??

August 18, 2014


Newcomer is different than beginner. If it is your first day in Germany you are a newcomer there, but you are not a beginner in the German language because you studied it for years. Hope that helps :)

November 29, 2015



November 29, 2015
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