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Old 04-24-2019, 10:48 PM   #1
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Wink Hilarious German-English translation problem

A friend put me onto this 'lost in German to English translation' sentiment set which had me rolling on the floor laughing. Can you imagine sending a card with one of these sentiments on it?

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Mind you “sponge over it” might be a useful one for us crafters!

Some of those are not just language problems, they’re cultural too. For example, where a Brit might say “cross your fingers for me” meaning something like “wish me luck” the equivalent German expression involves pressing thumbs I suspect “now we have the salad” is something to do with coming to the end of something (most continentals eat salad separately after eating the main course of a meal). Fun to guess what might be going in with some of those!
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Oh my, that is hilarious!And we all thought Google translate could make some real gems I've saved the image, and am going to share it on FB- I have some German friends, and German speaking ones who will no doubt get a chuckle at that. We really need a laughing button on here.
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Thanks for that! ROFL
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Hahaha those are priceless! We must have some euphemisms that make others scratch their heads (like scratch their heads... ) but those are seriously the best! Thanks for sharing
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Ha ha.. these are a hoot! (I wonder how that would translate??)
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Hahaha those are priceless! We must have some euphemisms that make others scratch their heads (like scratch their heads... ) but those are seriously the best! Thanks for sharing
True story....at husband's work someone in the group says "what am I chopped liver?" and another co-worker, from India, asks "what is with chopped liver?"
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Oh my gosh I SO very much needed a good laugh - THANK YOU for posting this! I speak several languages, and a few from home/growing up so, YES those literal translations can be too funny and JUST like those. I still at times try to find an English equivalent to certain phrases that my mother or other relatives would say and even being American born and raised I find it can take me a few to translate them well enough so I don't end up saying something like above!!

A) If that set wasn't from Alixpress...I would probably order it just for kicks, because these would be too funny for my friends and family to get on a card!

My mother came from Sweden about 6 years before I was born (in early 1950), and she was known to try to translate something or try to use an American expression however often forget a few English words so she'd do her best w/a direct translation of what she knew in Swedish (or THOUGHT the English word WAS). WOW did that get some big laughs (not in her presence) and YES they did sound like some of those above. Ironically it took me years to realize that expressions that I grew up hearing in English actually were NOT expressions used in ANY English speaking country, and I finally understood why I had been getting some 'looks' whenever I used them, LOL!

Again - thank you for the MUCH needed laugh!!
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I've been told 'I press you the thumbs' is the equivalent of 'keeping my fingers crossed for you'. I'm just really hoping one of my German speaking friends gets back to me with a translation for 'Heaven *** & Thread, because I am totally intrigued!
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Lydia did a very recent blog post featuring these type of stamps from a stamp company in Germany:

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Ordering this set is an absolute requirement for my mental health... with the help of an on-line translator. (Just type “German to English” in a new window at the top and one pops up.) Off to the bank to wire the funds.

It would be wonderful to get a list of what each sentiment means.
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My hubby (Mr Noofy) us from down east. His favourite saying is 'Stay where you are ..and I'll come where you're to!!' It took me a while to figure out just what he was talking about. LOL
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My hubby (Mr Noofy) us from down east. His favourite saying is 'Stay where you are ..and I'll come where you're to!!' It took me a while to figure out just what he was talking about. LOL

lol! Dumb question: where is down east? (I 💜 linguistic differences.)
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Ordering this set is an absolute requirement for my mental health... with the help of an on-line translator. (Just type “German to English” in a new window at the top and one pops up.) Off to the bank to wire the funds.

It would be wonderful to get a list of what each sentiment means.

Yikes. Wiring the $$ would add a $50 fee from our bank, which they tried to wave but couldn’t since wire transfers aren’t controlled by branches. Plus the German bank would charge an unknown amount for accepting the wire. That’s in addition to the roughly $36 (U.S.) for the stamp set and shipping. So I emailed the shop owner to ask if I could send a check or if there was some other way.

Maybe there’s an app...

ETA: Yup, apps to wire $$. I used XOOM, a Paypal service. Fee was $4.99. (Some other services are cheaper.) No problems other than checking correct info was copied/pasted for the seller’s bank, her address, etc. Just translated on line and searched for a couple of German abbreviations.

Best Ways to Send Money Internationally - NerdWallet

Husband: Since the phrases don’t make sense in the U.S., how will you use them?
Me: I don’t know?

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So I'm sort of intrigued (and amused greatly) by linguistic everything, so I did research on a few of these:

Hold your ears stiff: Basically, "Hang in there", "keep your chin up", etc
Pressing Thumbs is the equivalent of keeping your fingers crossed
Heaven, *** and Thread: Roughly similar to OMG
Now butter by the fishes: Either a request for honesty - "Now be honest, did you do it or not?" or rolling up one's sleeves - "Give it a little more effort, and we'll win the match!"
You lucky mushroom you: In Germany, an amenita mushroom (red cap with white spots) is considered good luck and often used to decorate Christmas trees. This phrase is roughly the equivalent of "You lucky duck!"
I get foxdevilswild: "Foxdevilswild" basically means "crazy", so this is like "I'm going crazy"

If I was intrigued enough to continue this project, I'm sure I could figure them all out eventually, but I'm off to do other things now. I'm satisfied enough to know that there are actual idioms behind the silliness here.
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Sue, I’d been searching too. I love when the backgrounds can be found, but have only found a few.

“Out the Mouse” It’s finished, it’s done. Like a bunch of these sayings, it’s on everything from bibs to T-shirts to duffle bags.

“Very big cinema” That’s really really impressive.

“Life is no sugarlicking.” Life isn’t always easy.

“Don’t go me on the ghost.” Don’t get on my nerves.

“Sponge over it” Use it to say: Don’t worry about that. Background: Since you can use a sponge to wipe over something that has spilled on a counter top, this expression implies how easy it is to clean something up and to move on. 25 German idioms to make you sound like a native speaker

“Now butter for the fish.” Meaning: Get to the point! Not only is this a useful phrase to ask someone to pass the butter, it’s also your key to interrupting a tedious rant. Simply utter this phrase, and your conversation partner will get the message that they need to get straight to the point. We Germans need our facts, so serve them quickly, please!
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Also like Sue found, Now be honest / Get to work / Give extra effort. Background: This idiom originally comes from northern Germany and appears to have kept a local grammatical form. Since butter is added to the fish just before the start of the meal, the person who gives butter ‘at’ the fish, can start with the meal. Figuratively this means that can get to the point

Given what we all do, I am so sad they didn’t include this one:
“We sit beautifully in the ink!” Use it to say: We are in a bad situation. Background: This expression appears to be quite old as a 1520 text from Geiler von Kaisersberg writes “Du bist voller Sünd,… du steckst mitten in der Tincten” which literally means, ‘you are full of sin…you are in the middle of tinctures.’
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A few more:

Do you have a bird: Are you crazy?
You walk me full on the cookie: You're getting on my nerves
I fall from all clouds: I wasn't expecting this
Now we have the salad: Well here we have what we deserve
I see black for you: I don't see any good news coming your way
Nothing for ungood: No hard feelings
What for a juice shop: What a dump (pigsty/mess)
That's the jumping point: That's the starting point
Don't bring me on the palm: Don't get me started
Out the mouse: That's the reality/It's over and done
Enjoy life in full trains: Enjoy life to the fullest

Okay, I'm done again for now. Gotta check out some other threads and see who today's Featured Stamper is. This is a fun exercise, though!
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I've removed the photo and here's a link to the legitimate stamp set that was stolen and copied on the counterfeiting marketplace. http://www.danipeuss.de/index.php?pa...art&Itemid=640

We do not support the theft of intellectual property of the lifeblood of our industry - independent stamp companies.
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I bought this stamp last month as soon as I saw it! ROFL and I can't wait to use it in my mixed media.
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I've removed the photo and here's a link to the legitimate stamp set that was stolen and copied on the counterfeiting marketplace. http://www.danipeuss.de/index.php?pa...art&Itemid=640

We do not support the theft of intellectual property of the lifeblood of our industry - independent stamp companies.

Guessing the photo is needed to understand this thread at all. Was it a link to the copied product or something? Or was it just a picture of a stamp that had been copied? Just curious is all...
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I had no idea it was anything but just a terrible mistake!! I do wholly and fully support independent stamp companies, incl Viva Las Vegas and Flonz, of which I own many, as well as major stamp producers, and do not support theft of intellectual property or copyrighted images.
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And the original set is hilarious. I just blogged it last week.

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Nowwwwww I see. I thought something completely different! I thought a knock off stamp had mistranslated another stamp. You know, as an error when they were trying to copy the stamp~ Anyone watch Big Bang Theory? "Why do you have a tattoo of the word "soup" on your left buttock?" that kind of thing. Now I see the set, thanks for linking to the blog post!!
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Nowwwwww I see. I thought something completely different! I thought a knock off stamp had mistranslated another stamp. You know, as an error when they were trying to copy the stamp~ Anyone watch Big Bang Theory? "Why do you have a tattoo of the word "soup" on your left buttock?" that kind of thing. Now I see the set, thanks for linking to the blog post!!


YES! And I had never heard of "Denglisch" until this set came out - and I find it hilarious as everyone around here speaks Spanglish, so the concept is totally known to me. But these are hysterical. I love the sugarlicking one.
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"Denglisch" - German speakers among you might enjoy this comedy song from the German group "Die Wise Guys" (and non German speakers will get the general idea)

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Well, I normally don't boast like this BUT, I have been known to speak 80's German. 99 Luftballons, anyone? That's right, Der Kommissar's in town! ...Drah meee da doom oh-uh-uh, zsa zsa, der kommissar ge doombo uh-uh. That's how that song goes, right?? JAH-JAH-JAH-JAH! I can practically hear my friends and I absolutely murdering that song! Thankfully no one who actually spoke German was around to hear because lord knows what we were supposed to be singing!!
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I've been told 'I press you the thumbs' is the equivalent of 'keeping my fingers crossed for you'. I'm just really hoping one of my German speaking friends gets back to me with a translation for 'Heaven *** & Thread, because I am totally intrigued!
It's what you say to express anger. I'm sure there's an English equivalent, but I can't think of it off the top of my head.
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They ripped that set off already? Geez. They should do their own funny translations.

I want this set too. I wonder if we can get Topflight to bring them in?
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They ripped that set off already? Geez. They should do their own funny translations.

I want this set too. I wonder if we can get Topflight to bring them in?

That would be cool
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First of all, I can REALLY laugh at these because I'm German and I can "see" where some of them come from. Also, keep in mind that expressions like "he kicked the bucket" actually do come from somewhere. In the 'olden days, men who were hanged were stood up on a bucket and then the bucket was kicked out from under them. Thus - dead. My mother's favorite phrase was "Sag nicht hup, bis du uber dem Graben bist." Literally it means don't say "hup" until you are over the grave. What it MEANS is, don't count your chickens before they are hatched. LOL
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You walk me full on the cookie. - this is a saying that basically means You (make - mache) me full by giving me too many cookies. I don't know where they got the "walk" from. Mache is make / not walk.
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I can't find where/how to change the translation on the site OP suggested.
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If you mean seeing the stamps - which are in English - then just tap on the little thumbnail of the set. Or here’s a link:
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But maybe you mean something else?

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Old 08-19-2019, 07:00 AM   #36
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Thank you. You got just what I meant. I didn't click on the stamps sets, as I assumed they were in German. Duh!
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Old 12-24-2019, 02:00 PM   #37
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I just got this set for Christmas from my German crafty pal - my mind is doing overtime with ideas on how to use it

I still need to find translations for a few of these, that'll be a post Christmas dinner project
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