"My head is clear" in English refers to a calm mind which is free of clutter. Though usually, where I come from, we say "My mind is clear."
"My head is empty" in English is stating that you lack knowledge, are stupid, etc.
But the question then is how would you say "my head/mind is clear" in the positive sense? Mein Kopf ist klar?
And when/how would you use "leer" to mean "clear"?
I'd say "ich bin klar im Kopf" is most idiomatic, but "ich habe einen klaren Verstand", or "ich habe einen klaren Kopf" work, as well.
Thank you, could you also give me an example of "leer" used as "clear" in a sentence? :)
No, leer means empty. Sometimes things that are empty can also be clear, but in general:
- klar = clear
- leer = empty
It's like the two half brothers adding up to one whole brother. Duo has a fantastic sense of (self-deprecating) humor,
I think it has a negative meaning, too. Tried to Google it with the quotes; found a few examples: http://sprueche.woxikon.de/traurige-sprueche/sprueche-zur-beerdigung/2929 http://www.magistrix.de/texte/Gedichte/Diverse/Mein-Kopf-ist-leer.5700.html
I believe the latter is what it's saying, i.e. that it has a negative implication. Empty, not clear.
Almost certainly. However, imagine a man who writes a letter to be opened only after his death, knowing that his brain is going to be removed for scientific research: "If you are reading this, I am dead, and my head is empty."
Nope. Proto-germanic Kuppaz would seem to ne be the source. Though it may well be a cognate of the latin cuppa. Much like pisc-fish or pater-vater. Also many english words were deliberatly mutated to make them look like they were latin words by scholars who believed that latin was the perfect language, such as knecht-conect or kopp-cup.
Just so you know, it's ICH auch, but in this case you'd say MEINER auch as in "mine too". Also, it's verstehe not ferstehe. Hope this helps.
This sentence means "I am stupid" because " My head is empty" refers to being stupid.
Wow, I'm so glad Duo is teaching us how to say this. It could come in so very very handy.