Another 'German speakers' thread

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    How 'bout I just make one thread and update that same thread everytime I have a question?

    I've run into a few occasoins today in which I can't find a translation on any of the sites I use or my dictionary for a certain word, or I can't find one that makes sense in the context of the sentence.

    Here's one I just ran into: zusammen

    Translators say "together," but the context of it is that it's in the greeting of a letter (ok, a post on a forum). "Hallo zusammen"

    Is it just "Hello everyone?"

    I've been trying to read German forums and news sites in order to practice and gain a better understanding of the language. If you have any suggestions I'm open. :p
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    'sowas.' I can't find a translation for that word, either.
     
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    Slaphead TPF Noob!

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    Exactly.

    Neither can I, but I understand as "Like this/that", "Something like this/that". I think it's a contraction of "so etwas" but we'll have to wait for LaFoto to clear this one up.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Danke!
     
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    Dmitri No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Your best bet is to stop thinking word for word and start thinking in ideas.
     
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    ich heisse Beth
     
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    I agree; "sowas"/"so was" is only used in informal contexts, though.
     
  8. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    I came across it twice yesterday, and one of those times was in my German textbook, in a reading.
     
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    I happen to be in the library at the moment, and I've just quickly looked it up in a few dictionaries - I tried to, at least: the only one I could find "so was" in was the Duden, 24th Ed., which indeed denotes it as a colloquial form of "so etwas" ("ugs. für so etwas"). According to the books I've consulted, "sowas" doesn't even exist as a proper expression, which I think is somewhat surprising, as it's really used widely in everyday speech.
     
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    Thank you!
     

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