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"Der Heimwerker ist schlecht."

Translation:The handyman is bad.

February 27, 2013



How would you say "The handyman is sick?" Would you say, "Der Heimwerker ist krank?" I know "Mir ist schlecht" means "I am sick" so would there be a way to say that for sentence to say that the handyman is sick?


It would be "Dem Heimwerker ist schlecht.". A bit of this was explained in the Dative Pronouns section! You can check that out if yu wanna x)


Yes! Kind of like "Mir ist kalt" means "I feel cold", and "Ich bin kalt" means "I am a cold person". Feelings vs. desciptors.


In case he's caught a cold, you would say 'ist krank'. When speaking of feeling sick in the stomach, a slight nausea, it is: Dem Handwerker ist übel or ihm ist schlecht.


Perhaps "Dem Heimwerker ist schlecht"?


If the handyman is ill, he's the object of the sentence, so it would be "dem Heimwerker". The fact that it's "der" means he's the subject.


Actually this sentence gives the notion, that the handyman doesn't do a good job and not that his health is bad.


I thought that was clear. But asking "How would you say..." to me sounds like additional curiosity, not a request for alternative translations.


So, schlecht means bad and ill. So how do we know the difference?


It seems that when speaking of health it is usually in the dative (eg ihm ist schlecht) while being bad is nominative. Also I think context helps. You wouldn't say "I'm never calling that handyman again, he was so sick" - unless I guess he was coughing on you while fixing a leaky tap?


When they say the right translation for "Der Heimwerker ist schlecht" they also say "the handywoman is bad". However, in that case shouldn't it be: "die Heimwerker ist schlecht"? Or "Die Heimwererin ist schlecht"?


Thank you for bringing this up! I wrote, "the handyman" and got it wrong because it should be "the handywoman" even though it was masculine ("der Heimweker"). Can anyone explain?


what handyman mean?


"Handyman", He or she could be somebody that is skilled with Fixing Items where ever they go, good with their hands.


shouldn't "Handwerker" also be okay?


Handwerker would be a professional (i.e. plumber, electrician), whereas Heimwerker is a 'do it yourself' person (not necessarily formally trained in the field, such as a home owner making repairs but working outside their area of formal training).


Artisan would fit into that? It didn't accept it.


Well, handymen and artisan are two very different things, although I can see where you would get them mixed up. A handyman usually works with repairs: a broken pipe, tiling a new roof, a broken dishwasher, a broken dryer, putting in tile in the bathroom, etc. Artisanry isn't practical repairs, it's an actual art. Artisans sculpt pottery, paint, craft decorate steel, blow glass into beautiful bowls and pots. They both work with their hands, but one is more practical and one is more artistic.


Oh, ok. Makes perfect sense.



Is the handyman bad, or is he sick/ill?


Handy man is Bad, this isn't a direct translation but its referring to him being Useless, not good at his Job.


I thought so. ☺ Danke


I'm not sure but it really means that the handyman is bad.

Can someone confirm if "the handyman is sick/ill" / "the handyman is feeling bad" = "Es geht dem Heimwerker schlecht?"


I put the handyman is poor but it told me that was wrong: surely poor work is bad, so both are valid?


Agreed. I think poor is as good a translation as bad, if not better. And DL hints it!


Is there any particular reason why repairman isn't accepted as a correct answer?


I couldn't find this word in either my German-English Dictionary nor in my notes for Dative Pronouns. I tried "homeworker" and lost a heart.


Does "schlecht" always imply "incompetent", or would it also include "morally bad"? ("He steals and kicks puppies.")


Etymology for Heimwerker

From Heim + Werker.



"The handyman is not good" was not accepted


I just don't get why this website uses really weird words


Duolingo should accept 'handyperson' - maybe not commonly used, but works as a nongendered alternative to 'handyman'.

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