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:
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.
Fill in each blank with either man, husband, woman, wife, 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 ________.
man, husband/partner (spouse would fit, but it doesn’t sound natural)
3 – I’d like you to meet my _______, Emily.
wife/partner (spouse would fit, but it doesn’t sound natural)
4 – The company has invited all of the employees and their _________ to the Christmas party.
Partners is better than spouses in this case because perhaps not everyone is married.
5 – The three ______ at the table grabbed their purses and left without paying the bill.
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