Man, Husband, Woman, Wife – English Lesson for Germans

How to say MANN and FRAU in English - it's not always man and woman!

Welcome to this online English lesson about the German words "Mann" und "Frau," and how to correctly translate them into English. It's not as easy as it looks! Start by watching this video:

Summary:

The word “Frau” is sometimes translated as “woman” and sometimes as “wife.”

Woman – any female

Wife – a female in the context of being married. Normally combined with the possessive form of her partner: John’s wife.

The word “Mann” is sometimes translated as “man” and sometimes as “husband.”

Man – any male

Husband – a male in the context of being married. Normally combined with the possessive form of his partner: Jane’s husband.

The word “spouse” is a term that can be used for men and women, and means the person someone’s married to.

The word “partner” is a term that can be used for men and women, and means the person someone is in a serious relationship with (they can be married or not married).

Now let's test your knowledge with some exercises.

Beginner Exercise:

Fill in each blank with either man, husband, womanwife, or spouse, or the plural form of each.

1 – Have you met my _______ yet? She is in the other room.

2 – Do you see that _____ in the corner. He’s my ________.

3 – I’d like you to meet my _______, Emily.

4 – The company has invited all of the employees and their _________ to the Christmas party.

5 – The three ______ at the table grabbed their purses and left without paying the bill.

Advanced Exercise:

Answer the following questions. Write your answers in the comments below to get personalized feedback. Try to use the words partner, spouse, man, woman, husband, and wife when possible.

1 – Are you married or in a serious relationship? If so, how did you meet your partner?

2 – Are you friends with more women or men?

3 – Do you get along with the spouses of your friends?

If you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comments below (auf Englisch oder auf Deutsch).

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2 thoughts on “Man, Husband, Woman, Wife – English Lesson for Germans

  1. Michael Reiher says:

    Yes we got married 28 years ago. I met my wife on a carnival-disco-party. We there partners for a few years before we got married.
    I’m friends with some other men and women. I get along with the spouses and partners of my friends. Actually are the partners even also my friends. But my wife has a little problem with the husband of one of my friends.
    I look forward to tomorrow!
    Michael

    1. Well done!
      A couple of things…
      – AT a party
      – word order – Actually the partners are even… (In English, it always goes Subject – Verb – Object unless it’s a question).

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