In German - difference between "kein" and "nicht"?
I can't figure out the difference.
If I want to say "I speak no English", I say "Ich spreche kein English". When I want to say "I'm not German", I say "Ich bin keine Deutsche". But, if I want to say "not very well", I say "nicht sehr gut".
I can't tell the difference between the last two phrases.
- SjpüpålLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
well, fyi "ich bin keine Deutsche" sounds a little funny, sounds kinda incomplete.
but, as just said, Kein is kinda like NO and Nicht is more not.
Ich kann kein deutsch i know NO german, not i know not german
gehts dir nicht gut? you not feeling well? wouldn't say, you no feeling well?
PM me if you need more help mate!Source(s): native german
- Vera GabrieleLv 71 decade ago
I speak no English... means you speak no English at all
Ich spreche kein Englisch.
If you are male, and you want to say that you aren't a German, then you need to say either.. Ich bin kein Deutscher or you can say.. ''Ich bin nicht Deutsch'' as a female you can say ''Ich bin ''keine Deutsche'' that is the female form if you have the 'E' at the end of kein
Ich trinke keinen Kaffee. = I don't drink coffee (meaning never)
Ich rauche nicht = I don't smoke (meaning never)
Ich bin kein Professor = I am not a Professor
Ich bin keine Krankenschwester = I am not a nurse and you say ''keine'' because ''Krankenschwester ''is female so therefore the ''e'' at the end..
Ich spreche Deutsch nicht sehr gut = I speak German not very well or you can say.. I only speak a little German ''Ich spreche nur ein wenig Deutsch''Source(s): Native speaker.
- Martin SLv 71 decade ago
"kein" refers to the noun - Ich spreche kein English, ich habe kein Auto, ich sehe keine Sterne - in English you would use "no" - I have no car. The more usual form in English - "I don't have a car" (ich habe nicht ein Auto) does not exist in German
"nicht" means not and refers to the verb or the adjective.
Ich bin keine Deutsche - is correct for a female
Ich bin kein Deutscher would be the correct form for a male person.Source(s): Austrian, native German speaker
- LeopardicLv 71 decade ago
Niklaus´ answer is correct
"ich bin keine Deutsche" is correct, too.Source(s): Native German
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- Niklaus PfirsigLv 61 decade ago
"Kein" translates roughly to "without" or "a lack of".
"Nicht" means "Not"