https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

"Was machst du für Sachen?"

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2/19/2013, 11:52:36 PM

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What does the "für Sachen" add to the sentence?

2/19/2013, 11:52:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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It's an idiom. Another translation would be "The things you do!"

2/20/2013, 12:23:35 AM

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Thank you. Another idiom for my list!

2/20/2013, 12:34:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/cestmoi13
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Honestly though, living here in Germany, I don't think I've ever heard an actual person say this.

5/4/2013, 3:29:11 PM

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I hear it all the time.

5/4/2013, 3:35:01 PM

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So do I. Frequency may depend on one's character, though ;-)

5/4/2013, 3:44:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/zvezdalion

It depends a lot who you talk to. I also live in Germany and at first used to spend a lot of time speaking to international German speaking people. Try to talk more to Germans, it will be hard at first to keep up with the conversation, but the language benefits are higher for you :)

5/20/2013, 7:23:32 AM

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Why not simply "Was machst du?"

5/11/2013, 12:59:52 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kosmozhuk

what is a possible context for this? does it imply a certain attitude or what?

6/3/2013, 1:56:11 PM

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Yes. It's commonly said when the listener is doing outrageous things.

6/6/2013, 6:03:45 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kosmozhuk

So it's something like "What the hell are you doing?", right?

6/6/2013, 11:26:18 AM

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It's more of a rhetorical question. A better translation might be “The things you do!”.

6/6/2013, 7:36:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/kosmozhuk

Ah, I see. Thank you.

6/7/2013, 11:53:27 AM
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