"Meine Finger habe ich behalten."

Translation:I kept my fingers.

April 12, 2013



an expression? or had s/he just shaken hands with a samurai?

April 12, 2013


I don't know of any expression like that. So yeah, samurai it is.

April 12, 2013


Beware of the fingertaker

August 17, 2013


Anyone seen a Korean film, 'The Good, The Bad and The Weird'? There's a guy in it known as the Finger Chopper.

November 14, 2015


Doesn't have to be a samurai. Can be simply a saw.

April 25, 2018

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Being picky here, but samurai can at worst utterly kill people. Yakuza can expect it from affiliated who failed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yubitsume

January 27, 2019


Haben sie nicht von die daumen schneider gehõrt?

April 4, 2019


There was a character in a book I read who lost the first joint on each finger on I believe his left hand because he was a smuggler. This is what I thought of, like someone talking to him saying "You may now be the Onion Knight, but at least I kept my fingers.

December 9, 2013


Ser Davos thought his punishment just, though. What kills me is that Stannis did that even though the Onion Knight's smuggling all those onions in saved the lives of everyone under siege, including Stannis! But that was to show us exactly how "just" Stannis is.

December 9, 2013


I know that, but that's what I thought of. Just a context thing

December 9, 2013


me too!

December 9, 2013


This got anything to do with the prior duolingo sentence, "Deine Finger sind im Essen"?

March 23, 2014


We could write a small horror novel with some of the sentences Duo gives us...

May 1, 2014


Hilarious! Have a Lingot!

May 1, 2014


Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all week :D

May 4, 2014


I'm looking forward to it!!

May 5, 2014


I have always been so proud of my German heritage but I have to honestly say that the DL sentences are so weird (the idioms for example) I'm beginning to wonder whether or not I should even mention that I'm of German descent lol!!

March 29, 2014


Don't worry--lots of weird sentences to be found in the other languages here, too.

August 6, 2018


Actual syntax question - I just assumed chainsaws - why are the fingers first? It really seems like it should be "Ich habe meine Finger behalten." I'm really struggling with word order generally. :(

October 13, 2013


In German, you can start a sentence with the subject or the object. Both "Meine Finger habe ich behalten" and "Ich habe meine Finger behalten" are correct. The only difference lies in emphasis - if you start the sentence with the object (meine Finger), you emphasize these words: I kept my FINGERS (but I lost a leg).

October 13, 2013


Me too... Word order throws me. But what I have seen more consistantly is, the subject is usually before the verb and the verb is mostly either second or at the end.

April 3, 2014


Finger or Fingers? How do I know?

March 11, 2014


The noun "Finger" is the same in the singular and the plural in German, but you can tell from the posessive determiner, i.e. the form of "my".

"Finger" is a masculine noun and the direct object (accusative case) in this sentence.

meinen Finger (my finger; masculine singular accusative)

meine Finger (my fingers; plural accusative)


March 11, 2014


Did they shake hands with Edward scissorhands and got lucky?

March 30, 2017


Is this supposed to refer to an injury? Then it should be "I was able to keep my fingers"

August 3, 2013


Unless they're in a jar or a bottle of alcohol...

August 12, 2013


You can say "I kept my fingers away from touching dirty money". I hope it makes sense in English.

June 19, 2013


Ja, but 'I kept my hands away from touching dirty money' is much more common.

July 22, 2013


Idiom of some sort, perhaps?

April 3, 2014


No, it's not an idiom. It just means what it says.

April 3, 2014


Sometimes duolingo goes crazy, right? Well, ok. I can go on :S

May 20, 2014


This is a daft sentence, unless it is idiomatic - in which case there should be some explanation.

August 12, 2014


What's wrong with 'retained' for 'kept'?

June 25, 2017


Schade, ich habe meine Finger im Ebay verkaufen.

November 15, 2017



June 26, 2018


FANTASTIC... but try this one. It's a nice little German language lesson and the consequences of thumb-sucking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0553T0PXMWk

May 7, 2014


gruseliger Satz, echt duolingo!

October 8, 2017


“To myself” on the end of this sentence would go a long way to ease the “Yikes!”factor.

December 3, 2017


How to say "fingers crossed"? This would have been so much more useful to learn...

April 7, 2018


Daumen drucken, meaning thumbs pressed, is the expression for that in German.

July 16, 2018


Interesting sentence to get on the day after the 4th of july in America.

July 6, 2018


There's an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Song of the South" (1950s), where Peter Lorre's character tries to cut off one of Stene McQueen's character's fingers. Very suspenseful.

September 7, 2018



September 7, 2018


That's nice: they really are handy sometimes...

September 9, 2018


Maybe this has to do (forgive my hazy memory of the anecdote) with the one war where the French archers had their fingers cut off when they were taken prisoner, and after the war ended, French people would do what we refer to as "flipping off" the Brits to show them that they still had their fingers, meaning they hadn't been taken prisoner and still had the fight in them (or something.)

September 20, 2018


Maybe this sentence doesn't translate well? Reminds me of reading subtitles of Japanese shows, and how the expression is lost when translated to English...

October 6, 2018


What does that mean? How can I keep my fingers???

December 29, 2018


I think it only really makes sense in a situation when you could potentially lose fingers. Perhaps after you've climbed Mount Everest: "I may have lost two of my toes to frostbite, but I kept my fingers".

December 30, 2018


The speaker should make clear whether she is saying 'mein' or 'meine'. It is the only way of knowing if she is referring to one or more fingers.

January 27, 2019

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Duo teaching us good sentences to kidnap people (in a few other exercises) and keeping fingers: now I am ready for the German branch of the yakuza!

January 27, 2019


"I have kept my fingers" is a little known saying in English, if it is known at all. Perhaps it means "I saved my bacon" or "I had a close shave". Saying that you had lost or kept your fingers would puzzle most people in the UK. Are there no native English speakers on the DL staff?

January 29, 2019


It's not a known saying in German either. The sentence is just creepy, that's it.

January 30, 2019


I thought she said "GEhalten" which makes about as much sense, "I held my fingers". I listened again and it really sounds like "GE-" not be-, esp. on the slow version

April 8, 2019


Hilarious read!
Could one give ones fingers away?

May 5, 2019



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