In American English, "dealer" is pretty much only used if someone sells cars, drugs, or antiques. Does the German word have a broader meaning?
Yeah, but you'd generally say what kind of dealer. For a drug dealer, Germans usually say der Dealer (pronounced basically like English, as though it were spelt Dieler)
According to Langenscheidt Wörterbuch, "der Händler" is basically "salesperson". In everyday situations, it most likely translates to "shop assistant" or "salesclerk".
Shop assistant and salesclerk actually wouldn't be called "Händler" but "Verkäufer"/"Verkäuferin". "Händler" would rather be the owner of a small store selling vegetables, someone selling to shopowners (thus, not directly to end customers) or someone selling cars.
Do all the German words that end with -er and refer to people follow these rules? male: -er, (pl.) -er female: -erin, (pl.) -erinnen
This is true for most cases. However, exceptions exist:
- Male: Der Arzt; Die Ärzte (pl)
- Female: Die Ärztin; Die Ärztinnen (pl)
- Male: Der Soldat; Die Soldaten (pl)
- Female: Die Soldatin; Die Soldatinnen (pl)
There are more, but these are all I can remember right now.
I it's of any help ,nouns ending in -er or -chen stay the same in the plural
I would like to ask if the possible translation "The tradesman" is correct. If so i may ask a correction by Duolingo.
I thought "Händler" meant "trader". Does it mean like a drug dealer as well or something? Because when you say dealer it means like a drug dealer or like a poker player or something . . . HELP!
Random curiosity: if you were a spy, would your handler be called "Meister", "Chef", or "Haendler"(as a bad cognate)?
So German will be my third language and my first is Swedish and is sometimes very similar to German
Tradesperson is a gender-neutral North American term. Please consider adding it as a reasonable translation.
It certainly can be. Masculine form can cover men's and women's combined, or unknown genders. The Feminine form would only be used in the case where you know any and all related parties are female.