b727
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Need Help With German Language

Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:09 pm

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.


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RE: Need Help With German Language

Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:23 pm

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

"How are you" or "good day"

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RE: Need Help With German Language

Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:28 pm

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.

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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:59 am

Thanks for the info.


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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:08 am

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."
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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:29 am

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

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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:54 pm

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.

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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:36 pm



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
 
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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:56 pm



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.
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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:05 pm



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...

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RE: Need Help With German Language

Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:20 pm

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".

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