https://www.duolingo.com/eleonoraonline

"Ja, danke, Mann."

January 8, 2013

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/eleonoraonline

Can this one be interpreted in the same way as it is in English, "Yeah thanks man"? Basically can "Mann" be used for "dude", "mate", "buddy" etc as well as to mean plain old "the man"?

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Yes, it can. But this - you may have guessed - is very colloquial.

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/eleonoraonline

Thanks! Yes it's the colloquial meaning that I wanted to check! (Sometimes Duolingo seems to throw together words a bit for the sake of a sentence, at least at this basic level when I know only a few words).

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dincxjo

I have heard of the word 'alter' being used for 'dude'. Can anybody confirm if this is true?

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Yes, but it's very slangy. If you want to sound like a 13 year old street kid – possibly with immigration background, 'Hey Alter, was geht?' is your choice.

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dincxjo

Haha! I'll just stick with "Hallo, wie geht es Ihnen heute?' then :P

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Yep ;-)

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aaronsnoswell

I was going to ask the exact same thing!

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Aredic

Me as a german native speaker, I never used "Ja, danke, Mann" only "Ja, bitte" as accepting an offer or "Danke, Mann" for thanking, but you can also use "Danke".

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dexez

Why isn't "Yes, thank, man" correct? The verb is in the first person, so it should work. So why the 's'?

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stoopher

An English speaker would say "yes thanks", not "yes thank".

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/m.p.j.labranche

Thanks is a (plural) noun in this form - not a verb.

April 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dexez

ok, now I see

April 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/m.p.j.labranche

This reminds me of a common mistake my Polish students make. They always say 'Thanks God' instead of 'Thank God,' which is what native English speakers say. We are essentially saying something like:

A I found my wallet. B (You should) Thank God.

April 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stoopher

I don't think it is. "danke" is short for "ich danke dir/euch/Ihnen" ("I thank you"). So a literal translation of "danke" would be the first person singular form of the verb, i.e. "thank" in English, as dexez said. But a literal translation, as is often the case, doesn't make sense. So we replace it with something an English speaker would actually say, like "thanks" (or "thank you").

April 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stoopher

I realized after posting my previous comment that m.p.j.labranche was talking about the English form being a noun. So I think we are agreeing!

April 24, 2013
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