Das ist mir egal?
How does "Das ist mir egal" mean "I do not care?" Could you give me the meanings of "egal" besides identical and no matter. :)
I think German has borrowed the word "egal" from French "égal". "Egal" is related to the English word "equal" (=the same), so the sentence literally means "This is (all) the same to me", i.e. "I do not care/mind".
Generally, "egal" is only used in the sense of "I don't care". In sentences like "All men are equal", you wouldn't use "egal" in German but a different word: "Alle Menschen sind gleich".
@Katherle: The first part of your answer is correct, ie. "das ist mir egal" is "that is all the same to me"; but the word "egal" is also used in another context as in the sentence "das ist egal" with the (neutral) meaning "it makes no difference" as for example in a sentence like "Soll ich um 3 oder um 4 kommen?/Should I come at three or at four o´clock? possible answer "das ist egal, die Party geht den ganzen Nachmittag"/"That makes no difference=you can come at any time you like, we will party all afternoon..." Noch viel Spaß!