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BlueLucario
06-12-2008, 09:16 PM
Can anyone translate these phrases? Translation sites don't work well.

Phrases:

What was that?
Is that blood?
Stop Shooting
Idiot!
There's something up there!
Intruder!
Are you crazy?
Up there!

Thanks for your time!

wordmonkey
06-12-2008, 09:51 PM
I make no guarantees.


What was that?
Was war das?

Is that blood?
Ist dieses Blut?

Stop Shooting
Stoppen Sie schießen (ish)

Idiot!
Dummkopf! or Trottel!

There's something up there!
Etwas ist oben dort!

Intruder!
Eindringling!

Are you crazy?
Sind Sie geisteskrank?

Up there!
Herauf dort!

ColoradoGuy
06-12-2008, 09:57 PM
Ask Aruna. Sie spricht fliessend Deutsch.

auntybug
06-12-2008, 09:57 PM
I used the language translator on my mac at work...the monkey was "spot on" :D

Dawnstorm
06-12-2008, 10:11 PM
Hi,

Native speaker, here. (Austria)

Wordmonkey was quite good


What was that?

Was war das?


Is that blood?

Ist das Blut?


Stop Shooting

Hör auf zu schießen! Hör mit dem Schießen auf! (The first is more formal.)

If the people aren't intimate: [Hör] = [Hören Sie]


Idiot!

Depends on context. Wordmonkey's are possible. So is, ta dah, "Idiot!"


There's something up there!

Dort oben ist was! Da ist was, dort oben! (The first one's more common, but the second is the equivalent to the "there is" structure.)


Intruder!

Eindringling!


Are you crazy?

Bist du verrückt? Sind sie verrückt? ("bist du" for people you are intimate with; "sind sie" for all others.) "geisteskrank" sounds polite.


Up there!

Dort oben!

BlueLucario
06-13-2008, 12:38 AM
Pwnage! Thnks guys. Do you guys know how to type those weird characters down?

wordmonkey
06-13-2008, 12:45 AM
Mac has something called KeyCaps, that will let you see all the various additional accents and characters available in any given font.

However, on a PC, I have no idea. What you might wanna try is copying and pasting the above into your word-processing software and see if it retains the characters. If not, try changing the font (still wanna keep it in a standard MSS font though) and try again.

Not all fonts have all the potential characters available within them.

Puma
06-13-2008, 03:24 AM
In word the marks are made using the alt key and a numeric entry

alt 132 ä
alt 137 ë
alt 148 ö
alt 129 ü
alt 142 Ä
alt 153 Ö
alt 154 Ü
alt 225 ß

(I keep a crib sheet handy). The alt and numbers also make symbols for other languages - ç (alt 135) but I don't know what they all are. (And you can see I don't have the umlaut capital E on my crib sheet). Hope that helps. Puma

PS: Some of the symbols are also available in Wing Dings font - you just have to figure out what standard letter to write down to get the equivalent wing ding.

misslissy
06-13-2008, 04:21 AM
The alts never work for me, though what usually works if you're working with Word is to insert a symbol, usually they're listed there. Just another way, if that helps.

Rabe
06-13-2008, 06:40 AM
Pwnage! Thnks guys. Do you guys know how to type those weird characters down?

If you're using Windows XP go:

Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Character Map

Should give you a list (along with the 'alt codes') for each character in any of the fonts you have on your computer.

I believe it's just listed in Accessories on Windows 98 (been a while since I"ve used 98 so...can't help you there)

And no clue where to find it in Vista. If you need to, just do a file search for 'character map'. That should bring it up.

Then make up a 'cheat sheet' like the other person suggested.

rabe...

Puma
06-13-2008, 02:01 PM
Hi Rabe - I didn't remember those were in system tools - thanks for the memory jog.

misslissy - you're right - symbol is what I meant instead of wing dings. Puma

dpaterso
06-13-2008, 02:20 PM
Can anyone translate these phrases? Translation sites don't work well.
babelfish.altavista.com gave me these English-to-German translations:

Was war das?
Ist dieses Blut?
Stoppen Sie zu schießen
Idiot!
Es gibt etwas oben dort!
Eindringling!
Sind Sie verrückt?
Herauf dort!

...which are identical or pretty close to suggestions above.

-Derek

JimmyB27
06-13-2008, 06:52 PM
The alts never work for me, though what usually works if you're working with Word is to insert a symbol, usually they're listed there. Just another way, if that helps.
You have to use the num pad, with num lock turned on. Maybe that's why?

Sargentodiaz
06-13-2008, 07:23 PM
Dawnstorm - where in Austria?
Spent three years in Wien - wrote Waltzing in the Shadows about it. Check out Beta Readers thread.

Sargentodiaz
06-13-2008, 07:27 PM
Pwnage! Thnks guys. Do you guys know how to type those weird characters down?
In MS Word you have an Insert function at the top. You select the font and it will show you a huge selection of specialized letters.
I write the word with the umlauts on Wordpad, then copy and transfer it to MS Word so it shows as a complete word.

tallus83
06-13-2008, 09:43 PM
Wouldn't Stop Shooting also be Nicht Schiessen?

batgirl
06-13-2008, 10:00 PM
Pwnage! Thnks guys. Do you guys know how to type those weird characters down?
If you don't want to bother with the umlaut, just add the letter 'e' after the dotted letter. That's what we did back in the days of typewriters.
-Barbara

Eiko
06-14-2008, 08:09 AM
If you don't want to bother with the umlaut, just add the letter 'e' after the dotted letter. That's what we did back in the days of typewriters.
-Barbara

Yes, that's possible - but not in stories. That really looks awkward for a native german reader.

Eiko

misslissy
06-14-2008, 06:03 PM
You have to use the num pad, with num lock turned on. Maybe that's why?

That's probably why. I always tried to use the numbers at the top. Doesn't matter now cause my laptop doesn't have a num pad and inserting them is just how I got used to it.

Menyanthana
06-15-2008, 04:55 PM
Dort oben ist was! Da ist was, dort oben! (The first one's more common, but the second is the equivalent to the "there is" structure.)



I would rather say "Da oben ist was". Don't know which one is more correct, but "dort" sounds funny to me...somehow too formal.

Dawnstorm
06-15-2008, 11:28 PM
Dawnstorm - where in Austria?
Spent three years in Wien - wrote Waltzing in the Shadows about it. Check out Beta Readers thread.

Hi,

Didn't see this until now. I don't often go to the research forum; actually I spotted this thread on the forum mainpage, or I wouldn't have come here at all.

I'm from a town called "Vöcklabruck", halfway between Salzburg and Linz, about 3 1/2 hours' train journey from Vienna, in the vicinity of a couple of lakes.


Wouldn't Stop Shooting also be Nicht Schiessen?

"Nicht Schiessen!" is "Don't shoot!" (literally "Not shoot!") primarily, but you're right, native speakers would probably use that over what I've suggested above. (They might also just say "Stop!" (means the same as it would in Enlgish) or "Nicht!" (Not!) and gesture towards the gun.)

German's not designed for urgency, with all its functional morphemes. ("schiess"+"en")

Good catch. :)


I would rather say "Da oben ist was". Don't know which one is more correct, but "dort" sounds funny to me...somehow too formal.

Your right. "Da oben" is more natural. (I'm too formal in real life as well. :o)

(If I said that in my dialect, it would sound a lot like "doo-art ohm is wars!" ;) )

Sargentodiaz
01-27-2009, 10:46 PM
Someone asked a similar question on another forum so I just found this again. Know where it's at.

Bist du verrückt? (I never heard that - more than five thousand times during my three years in Wien!

semilargeintestine
01-27-2009, 11:20 PM
...nur an den Dienstagen.

BarbaraKE
01-27-2009, 11:42 PM
Check out this thread - it explains how to get many of the odd keyboard characters

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128045

Deb Kinnard
01-28-2009, 02:44 AM
I use the number pad characters a lot for Spanish diacriticals, but on my PC they won't work unless I do ALT + 0141 or whatever. If the German special characters don't work for you the first time, add a zero in front of whatever number combination you want.

HTH