Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4769 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.
Ihadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4706 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..
Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
Aero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4602 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.
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...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
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".