So you could use "meine" for different reasons, either because you own something feminine (meine Frau) or because you own something masculine and plural (meine Bucher)??
I know, duolingo should update it with a new speaker who is understandable and clear.
The reason I came to this discussion was to find out how Bucher is pronounced. So far it has sounded like Boo-yeah now it sounds like she is saying Boo-sheah. Does anyone know which way is correct? Does anyone know a site that has audio German pronunciation for words that are typed in? Danke.
I've been supplementing pronunciation with the website Forvo, which has audio pronunciation from native German speakers as well as phonetic spelling of many words. It is not ideal and runs into some of the same pronunciation issues here, but it can be another useful resource.
From Forvo the phonetic spelling is ˈbyːçɐ
Hope that helps!
Can I say "Meine Bücher sind schwer." in all of the 3 meanings that my books are either difficult or heavy or hard physically (tough)?
If the adjective is used before a noun, it gets an ending, e.g. Meine schweren Bücher sind in der Küche (= My heavy books are in the kitchen). Which ending you have to choose depends on several factors, for more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_adjectives#Weak_and_strong_inflection
By contrast, if the adjective is used after the verbs "sein" (to be) and "werden" (to become), it doesn't add an ending: Meine Bücher sind schwer (= My books are heavy). Mein Buch ist schwer (= My book is heavy). Die Frau ist schwer (= The woman is heavy), etc.
"My" refers to the noun "books" (Bücher). "Bücher" is the subject of the sentence. The subject is always in the nominative case. Also, "Bücher" (books) is plural.
Because "Bücher" is nominative plural, the form of "my" you have to use has to be nominative plural as well. The nominative plural form of "my" is "meine".
See this table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_pronouns#Possessive_pronouns
cant it also be my books are difficult? as in like mentally, not only physically
I'm still lost. I looked at the table and it looks like Meine is the singular femanine pronoun and since the speaker is femanine, wouldn't one naturally choose meine? Or are we supposed to choose nueter regardless? It would be nice if we got an explanation with our wrong answer.