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User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 520 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

We are trying to figure out what Vegates means. It is spellled how it sounds spelling may be wrong.

My father is from Vienna and says is all the time but wont tell us. Perhaps its a bad word?? Or he like to play games with us.


thanks
B727
Glenn

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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

I might be a bit off or simply confused but I believe it roughly means

"How are you" or "good day"

IHAP



Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

He is saying "Wie geht's?" which translates to "how goes it?" Nothing bad about it, it's a standard greeting in German. Folks will also add "Guten Tag" or "Guten Abend" or "Guten Morgen" to the phrase as well. There are regional variations on the spelling and punctuation, but the above is the "standard" German, which is the common dialect that is taught internationally.

[Edited 2009-03-08 16:29:33]

User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 520 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

Thanks for the info.


B727
Glenn


User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

To add to is little lesson, they often add "dir" (pronounced as deer) or "ihnen" (pronounced ee-nen) to the end to provide more clarity.

dir = informal
ihnen = formal

to respond, simply say:

"Es geht mir gut, danke." / (pronounced: s gate meer goot don kah)

Literally translated it means, "It goes me well, thank you."


User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

I am shocked that I pulled that out of the memory banks.That was from my 6th grade German class and that was in spring 1975. I would have trouble remembering what i had for lunch 2 days ago but for some reason a 34 year old German lesson stuck with me..

Oh well

IHAP



Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3396 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

In the German museum of contemplorate history in Bonn (Haus der Geschichte) you can actually buy replicas of guides for US soldiers occupying Germany in 1945. "Do not Fraternize"  Wink

In this guide there is a hilarious pronounciation guide for common phrases.

Each much-tuh ayn-uh frah-guh stell-uhn


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3322 times:



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
In the German museum of contemplorate history in Bonn (Haus der Geschichte) you can actually buy replicas of guides for US soldiers occupying Germany in 1945. "Do not Fraternize"  

In this guide there is a hilarious pronounciation guide for common phrases.

Each much-tuh ayn-uh frah-guh stell-uhn

Gotta check that out, HdG is only a few minutes from here. Big grin


User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3318 times:



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
TheSonntag

Somewhere there's a picture of JFK's notes for his Berlin speech, pronouncing "Ich bin ein Berliner" as "ish been ein Bearleener"  Smile.



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3760 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3267 times:



Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 4):
don kah

How come Americans always seem to pronounce "Danke" this way? To me, it seems phonetically spelling it out as "Dahn-keh" or "Dann-keh" would be alot more correct. Of course, if "Don-kah" is some other form of German, one with which I was never made familiar, disregard the above...

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 4):
"Es geht mir gut, danke."

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In reality, the answer simply is "....gut, danke"; as the question will not be "Wie geht es Ihnen" or "Wie gehts Dir" but simply "Wie gehts ? ". In Switzerland the question will be "We gahts ? " or "We haemmers ?" and the answer "Guet, danke".

[Edited 2009-03-09 13:21:13]

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