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"Kvinner trenger menn som fisk trenger sykler."

Translation:Women need men like fish need bicycles.

June 3, 2015



This course is getting weird...

June 3, 2015


That was actually a famous pop culture slogan in America in the 1970s, in what was called the Women's Lib era. T-shirts (on women, of course!) abounded.

January 10, 2016


...and somewhere deep in the ocean a little fish hugs its bicycle sobbing.

September 20, 2015


and it occurred to nobody, yet nobody that that was actually the most famous feminist slogan women used in the past when they fought for equaliy)))

August 12, 2015


Notwithstanding the fact that it's kind of absurd to call this a "SJW" sentence (considering it caught on in the 1970s, long before modern Internet culture), if you really have that much of a problem with it, replace the nouns with whatever you want, and voilà! You have learned Grammar.

This is what some of us have to do for every sentence that starts or ends with "my wife" -- which is a LOT more frequent, on Duo and other language courses always -- and it works out just fine.

October 2, 2015


Just wanted to say that I like those quirky sentences ... but jeez - calm down people!

OMG Duolingo mentions gay marriage or now and then a light-hearted sentence like this one! And on the other side there are sentences like "the girl likes pink" -

Get the pitchforks! Or wait - maybe just breeeeze?

Even if I wouldn't like some of those sentences - still so much better than all the other boring language courses. So I guess I just wanted to say that I do not feel preached to. I'm sure if one would want to one could find almost in every sentence "a preachy meaning" . Kind of says more about those people who react to those sentences than the sentence itself...

November 17, 2016


Every sentence here is to help us improve our skills. The more "uvanlige" it is the better we remember it.

November 7, 2017


I didn't know fish were romantically involved with bicycles. The more you know.

June 13, 2016


I think that these kind of scentences are good, because you have to think on every word, not just guess the scentence from the first two words.

July 25, 2017

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The English version I'm familiar with is "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." Often attributed to Gloria Steinem or Flo Kennedy, but in fact coined by Irina Dunn in 1970. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/414150.html

September 25, 2018


in the Guiness museum of Dublin there's actually a mechanical fish riding a bycicle

April 11, 2019


Well played, Duolingo, well played. ;)

June 13, 2015


And vice versa. And yet, I live with a man, and we often things for each other that are "gender stereotypes", because that is more comfortable for both of us. Why fight wars that are over already.

September 18, 2015


is "fisk" plural by default like "fish" is in english?

May 25, 2018

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It's often used like a collective noun, yes, as is the case in this sentence. However, if you were referring to plural fish in an individual sense, you could still use "fisker".

December 19, 2018


I just love how people first post something that clearly violates community guidelines and then try to tie it to "freedom of speech" and "SJW mods". Freedom of speech does not and has never meant that you can say whatever, whenever, wherever. And by no means it overrides local standards. Leaving aggressive comments that are bound to start a flame war and then acting all surpised when mods do their actual moderating job - oh my gosh, democracy is definitely in danger!

April 14, 2019


Some people just need to chill out. I'm far from being a feminist myself, yet the fact that this sentence is in the course doesn't bother me in the least. I'm not in favor of homosexual marriage, yet the sentences that occasionally pop up to that effect bother me none. The course creators can set up whatever sentences they want, it's their privilege. I'm here to learn, I'm very thankful this free opportunity exists, and there's an end to it.


April 13, 2019


I somehow feel the need to point out that I am a feminist who is very much in favour of marriage equality since both of these movements are about, you know, equality and I haven't heard a convincing argument against that yet. Women and queer people exist and everyone should have the same rights and opportunities. I am thankful to be learning in a course made by people who seem to share those ideas.

July 29, 2019


You end your post 'peace' and yet you are not a feminist nor are you in favour of 'homosexual marriage'.

To whom are you wishing peace? Not women or gay people, clearly.

July 13, 2019


Fish these days... smh

April 25, 2019


I know a German version saying "en kninne uten mann er som en fisk uten sykkel"

August 17, 2019
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