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Translation of "Frau" in basics lesson 4 English vs Spanish

I noticed that if I'm in lesson 4 basics learning German (Aleman) for Spanish speakers "Frau" is translated as "esposa" but in German for English speakers "Frau" is translated as "woman".

Is "Frau" used for both "woman" and "wife" or is this an error?

If you're wondering I am also studying Spanish (studied Spanish in school years ago but am completely new to German) and switching between learning German for English speakers and learning German for Spanish speakers. I'm curious if trying this will help me practice both languages.

Also, the discussion forum search and post functions don't work on Firefox mobile. I have to go to full side, get to the posting page and reload it (if I don't reload and stay in desktop version the browser freezes and throws an alert that a script is unresponsive and asks whether I want to wait or stop it from running).

June 6, 2015



We only accept "wife" as a translation of "Frau" if it's preceded by a possessive determiner (meine/deine/seine/ihre/Ihre Frau).


Yes, Frau is used for woman and wife. If you want to be precise you can use Ehefrau for wife (Ehe is marriage, so female spouse), but that's very formal. In a formal setting, when somebody says "meine Frau" or "mein Mann" they should be married. In an informal it can really mean anything.

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