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"I am sad."

Translation:Ich bin traurig.

September 15, 2017



Sorry to hear that Dou:(


how is traurig pronounced? as a native english speaker, i cant quite make it sound the way the audio makes it sound


Something like trow-rikh' . Note that in all words that end with -ig the "kh" sound is mild.


I was corrected with this: "Ich bin betrübt". Surely it should be "ich bin traurig"?


Betrübt is also right but not as common or easy as traurig


Does anyone know of any cognates of traurig in English? I'm having trouble remembering this one.


I don't know of any direct cognates. If you want, you could try one of two mnemonics that almost make sense to me.

  1. "Going down" is similar to "feeling sad." So if we make a connection with "trowel" (a garden tool for digging down), or "trawl" (fishing with a deep net), we can kind of connect the sounds "trow" ("trau") with downness or sadness.
  2. "Thinking" is similar to "sadness." It seems true in my learning about languages that in general, humans have associated excessive thought with sadness. The english word "trow" means "to think," so if we can connect "too much thinking" with sadness, then "trow" to "trau" shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

Like I said, I don't think there is a fantastic one-to-one cognate to use, but these mnemonics might help.

Also, keep in mind that the german suffix "ig" is roughly like the english suffix "ly". That's not directly helpful here, but as you learn more words, you'll get to see how a root word or idea can be used as an adverb/adjective like word by just appending "ig."

Hopefully something here is useful to you, good luck!


What about schade???


Both Rs should be pronounced


Im also sad, duo..


That's only because you choose to be sad.


Ia the first r silent ?


Why not "Mir ist traurig"? One can say "Mir ist kalt" so why not an emotion?


Mir is in dative case. The literal translation would be "Me is sad", which makes no sense even if rearranged like "It is feeling sad to me" because the emotion describes your feelings an not that of another object. On the other hand, you can say "It feels cold to me" because you are decribing another object and not a person.

Was that comprehensible? That was a little hard to explain :-)


What's the difference between 'traurig' and 'betrübt'?

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