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"Never mind."

Translation:Es ist egal.

February 15, 2013



is this really an idiomatic equivalent? 'Es ist egal', for me, would be closer to 'it doesn't matter', and suggests a choice is being proposed - and therefore 'never mind' wouldn'y (scottish :) ) really make sense. The idiomatic 'middle-term' here being 'whatever', which according to my line of thinking would here have as its equivalent 'whichever', and not 'it doesn't matter' (not to be understood in the same way as, 'it doesn't matter - which one-.') I.e. One involves continued participation, albeit reluctant, in some discussion of choice, while the other signals the end of an exchange (by someone who's no longer interested in talking to you). (Apologies if all this seems unnecessarily long-winded.)


There're equivalent idioms in German which might suit the intention better. 'Vergiss es' (Forget about it) and 'Schon gut' (It's alright, sometimes leaning towards 'Let it be, it's alright, I'll do it myself'). 'Es ist egal' might be one of them, like Heck, I dropped your watch - Never mind, I wanted to buy a new one anyway. Here, 'Ist egal' or 'Nicht schlimm' seem appropriate to me.


I wrote "Das ist egal". It wasn't accepted. Should it be accepted?


It says that the correct translation is "Das m nichts". What??


Guessed, correctly, but without some literal logic to the word - choice, doubt I will remember!


"Es ist egal" means "it does not matter". "Never mind" does not mean the same thing as "it does not matter". When in Germany, I would have said (awkwardly with my foreign accent) "vergiss es; nicht wichtig" but I think Menschenkind's suggestions of either "vergiss es" or "schon gut" are very good. What I would like to know is, in German, is "never mind" truly an alternative meaning of "es ist egal", and how widespread is it? I lived in Berlin and Leipzig, and have spent a good amount of time in Western Germany, and "es ist egal" has always meant "it does not matter" whenever I've heard it.


Macht nichts oder Das macht nichts

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