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How to translate this sentence

I'm having trouble with translating this sentence - would anyone be able to help?

An seinem buch traut sich hier auch keiner ran

Thanks!

October 27, 2017

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/guabanacoa

My attempt (on the basis of https://www.dict.cc/?s=herantrauen; I'm not a native speaker of German):

Nobody here has the confidence to read (?) his book.

But herautrauen takes the accusative, so the German sentence should be "An sein Buch traut sich hier auch keiner ran."

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThorusCrusius

That's what it says. And you're right about "sein".

Herantrauen an ein Buch can mean to read it, or to analyse it. It depends on the context.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stoopher

What does the word "auch" add to the sentence, if anything?

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThorusCrusius

"Auch" is unfortunately a too often used and unfortunately overrated word. In the sense of the Article which az_p has posted, it can be understood as "... yet another book ..." aka, People don't want to deal with the book B, and they 'also' don't want to deal with the book presented in the article.

So, auch can mean: also/too, additional, yet another.

But, to be honest, due to its inflationary use, this word can often be negleted when trying to understand the message of a complicated sentence.

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
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    Man, why is it always people reading articles about Nazi history who end up asking these things! There's a lot more to German than WWII history!

    (I'm supposing this is the source of the query, since it's a well-known source with a recently-published article that contains that quote, with the title of the book substituted out by the OP.)

    Grammatically, this is a situation where a simple dictionary may not suffice: The verb works in combination with a preposition: sich {akk} an etw. {akk} rantrauen

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThorusCrusius

    If reading about the Nazis will make ppl more social sensible and results in getting rid of those many (thoughtless) insulting comments around the world when they hear the German language or meet a German, it's fine. (Hope dies last, as we say in German.)

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Windrammer

    Agreed. A lot of what people know of the Nazis is very much affected by allied war propaganda.

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThorusCrusius

    But you're right: Germany is more than 12 years.

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedAngel666

    Hi,

    'rantrauen' or 'herantrauen' can be translated with 'daring' like Hannibal already said. I would like to like to add that in my opinion the grammar is not really correct.

    An sein Buch traut sich hier auch keiner ran.

    To continue 'An seinem Buch..' I would say 'An seinem Buch zu arbeiten traut sich hier auch keiner.'

    best regards Angel

    October 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MennaElAns2

    it could be translated dare it does go both ways

    October 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HerbTheHorse
    February 19, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HerbTheHorse

    my grandma says it means to dare she is a native speaker of german

    February 19, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MennaElAns2

    no one had the confidence to read his book keiner ran means no one answered traut comes from the word selbst vertrauen which means self confidence

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

    not exactly. "Sich trauen" means daring to do something. "niemand traut sich an etwas ran" is simply "nobody dares to pick up the task"

    October 27, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AalabhyaMalik14

    Nobody dares to work on his book here either?? did this help

    October 28, 2017
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