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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...


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.


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


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)))


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.


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...


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


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.


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


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


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


Well played, Duolingo, well played. ;)


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.


It might be over for you, but for a lot of people it is an ongoing battle, sadly.


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


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".


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!


Fish these days... smh


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


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.



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.


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.


It's not about fish need bicycles, but saying that not all women needs men


And now women and men are now suspicious of each other and do not marry or have children. Good work! We all are independent and empowered... Alone


So fish need bicycles to keep the species from going extinct. Good to know.


Thus we learn that fish need bicycles to reproduce...


who NEEDS to reproduce? not me, at least


Honestly, the human race is so stupid (me included) that it would do more good than harm if we all died out.


We working on it.


If you dare to speak up against all these SJW propaganda sentences the mods will just delete your comment, because we are so open minded and we accept anything unless it goes against our agenda.


I see. That's why your comment has immediately been deleted ;-)


What about the other dozens messages deleted...

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This course is very PC


Some are doing it also on a mobile.

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