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  5. "Meine Damen, hierher."

"Meine Damen, hierher."

Translation:My ladies, this way.

February 11, 2013



Tips fedora

June 9, 2014


ayy lmao

November 7, 2014


thank mr skeltal

July 22, 2015



July 15, 2015


Tips Lingot

January 19, 2015


Spitzen Hut

February 7, 2017


Du meinst "tippt die Fedora" ?

March 15, 2016


Top lel, a lingot to you, my good man.

August 11, 2014


Hear hear!

February 18, 2016



November 25, 2016


"Ladies, this way" sounds more natural to me than "My ladies..."

February 11, 2013


"Meine Damen,..." is rather formal, so perhaps 'My ladies' might indeed be preferable if you don't mind sounding a bit stilted.

February 11, 2013


I can't vouch for British or other varieties of English, but to me, "My ladies" sounds not only stilted, but a bit creepy. (If the speaker is a pimp, or maybe 80, then maybe?) If the speaker is, say, a hotel worker, they would say "Ladies this way," not "My ladies," because "My.." would be presumptuous. Note that the English equivalent of "Meine Damen und Herren..." is "Ladies and gentlemen." We never say "My ladies and gentleman."

February 11, 2013


OK. I'm not a native speaker of English, so I guess you're right ;-) What about 'my dear lady'? Isn't it used any more? (Admittedly, it might have a British Archduke vibe ;-) )

February 11, 2013


"My dear lady" or "My dear sir" sound very British, aristocratic old-fashioned. But, they also imply a certain level of familiarity (people who are on your same level of class/status, and you know fairly well.) Whereas "Meine Damen, hierher." sounds to me like something an employee would say to customers of some sort, not to friends (except ironically, as a sort of joke? I'm not a native German speaker, so I may be wrong!) So, "my dear lady" or "my ladies" sounds presumptuous, as if an employee is pretending to be a friend or "equal" of customers.

February 11, 2013


OK, got it. You're completely right about the usage of 'meine Damen'.

February 11, 2013


"My dear lady" is, I think, very rarely used these days. Even in a historical context, it can only be used in certain cases: the "dear" adds a strong emphasis, implying that you are saying something you feel very strongly, or expresing delight, offence, surprise, etc.; here's an example from Boswell's Life of Johnson:

Mrs. Thrale stood to her gun [i.e. argued for her opinion] with great courage, in defence of amorous ditties, which Johnson despised, till he at last silenced her by saying, 'My dear Lady, talk no more of this. Nonsense can be defended but by nonsense.'

May 6, 2014


You're totally correct. even a Brit would only use the possessive if the adressee was singular ("My Lord/Lady"), and even then only in addressing a senior judge or a member of the aristocracy.

Although, if you're addressing an audience which includes aristocrats, "My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen" is usual.

And yes, "my dear lady" is something i would expect to hear only from someone of a certain age and/or social status.

August 9, 2014


As a native English speaker I'd say that no matter how formal the occasion you just wouldn't use the 'my'. If you did, you'd risk sounding sarcastic rather than formal.

November 23, 2013


I agree! Something like "Right this way, ladies." might be a solid translation. "My ladies" is unnatural, and a bit creepy.

November 23, 2013


Either sarcastic or like a pompous prat.

February 17, 2014


And in American English, if the speaker is a male, the remark sounds sex in as much as women are not men's possession.

January 18, 2019



January 18, 2019


Ladies, this way is accepted now.

February 4, 2017


    "Meine Damen und Herren..." is a common announcement, for example on a train. "Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly be arriving at...". It's interpreted completely without the 'ownership' otherwise implied by meine, and so is not creepy at all in that context.

    December 2, 2015


    Very common in the Caribbean when English speaking island vendors are calling tourists to their shops.

    October 31, 2016


    'This way, my ladies' is much more natural in English than 'My ladies, this way'.

    March 7, 2017


    What does duolingo mean with ''this way''? I am not a native English speaker.

    March 3, 2016


    It's the sort of thing you might say when directing someone to their seat in a theatre or showing someone the way to their hotel room. You gesture to show them which way "this" is.

    February 9, 2017


      More fully, the sentence might be something like "Please follow me this way to the meeting room". When used in reality with body language and context, you could just say "this way" and the meaning would be clear.

      April 2, 2016


      It sounds like "hier,hier" :D

      May 15, 2016


      Real smooth

      September 2, 2016


      my head exploded reading this can someone explain hierher

      October 21, 2016

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      The answer it said was correct was "My Ladies, Here". What would that mean?

      May 15, 2018


      What about miladies?

      August 12, 2018


      Methinks thou art a Shakespearean thespian, olde friend! ;-)

      December 29, 2018
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