https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Wie sagt man "he's phony"?

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Hallo Leute!

Wie sagt man "he's (a) phony" auf Deutsch?

As in his personality...he tries too hard, acts like a rapper because he thinks it's cool but he really listens to Kenny G....etc.

"Er ist nicht echt"? Does that convey the right meaning?

Vielen Dank!

Vor 3 Jahren

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https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee
Gluehbirneee
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"Er ist nicht echt" sounds more like you'd want to tell a child that santa clause doesn't exist (can't think of a better example right now, sorry)

I would rather say Er ist ein "Möchtegern-Rapper" (took your example, implies that he/she would like to be a rapper that he/she isn't but tries to act like one).

Instead of Rapper you can put any noun you like.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
christian
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"Möchtegern-Rapper" sounds good. You could also say "Er ist ein Poser". That's a bit slangy, but it goes with the hip hop theme.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Thanks. This was for my Uni class, so I decided against Poser (which took me a while to even think of in English). I ended up using both Angeber and Möchtegernbiker. I was describing Nic in the German version of Extr@ (which we've been watching in class and as homework).

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
christian
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Classic Nic :)

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Siebenundzwanzig

:o I WANT TO GO TO YOUR CLASS. :D Extr@ was a lotta fun for me to watch. (I still sometimse watch it for practice and funsies) Yeah, I'd agree that Nic is a wannabe biker. Haha Nic makes me laff.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
Hohenems
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Danke! Möchte-gern-xxxx seems to be close to what I'm looking for.

Since originally posting, I came up with:
Er ist ein großer Angeber.

I might go with yours though.

Thanks!

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Gluehbirneee
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Angeber works too; it's a bit like someone not always saying but somehow showing other people: "Oh look how good I am, I'm better than all of you, I'm so much cooler and I'm the best." and things like this

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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A show off?

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Karen80203

I would say "Er ist ein Heuchler" Gruss

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Xanatrix

The anglicism "fake" is becoming popular in colloquial language.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Danke! :-)

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/TheSmaxx
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I think the suggested "Möchtegern..." is the best solution for this, considering it's essentially a direct translation of "wannabe". You'd typically combine it with whatever that person would like to be: Möchtegernschauspieler, Möchtegernmillionär, Möchtegernvater, Möchtegernsieger,...

Based on the actual use, you could also use other words:

"That doctor is a phony!" - "Dieser Arzt ist ein Schwindler/Scharlatan/Betrüger." "That bank note is a phony!" - "Dieser Geldschein ist eine Blüte."

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Juelke
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See www.dict.cc Phony = Schwindler, Betrüger, Angeber, Hochstapler, Scharlatan, usw. Die jeweils beste Übersetzung ergibt sich aus dem Kontext.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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"He tries too hard, acts like a rapper because he thinks it's cool but he really listens to Kenny G...."

There is nothing wrong with that.

Vor 3 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevlogeos
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"er ist nicht echt"... Ja, ich denke das ist die General Idee, haha - Nevlogeos :)

Vor 3 Jahren
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