Wie sagt man "he's phony"?
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?
"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.
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).
: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.
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.
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
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."
"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.