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"Ich habe Durst."

Translation:I am thirsty.

January 1, 2013

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

People have a hard time accepting that when exceeding a certain scale of statement, information/expression/connotation will ALWAYS be lost in translation. No two languages are equivalent in amount of words, structure of sentence, synonyms..... There is no ''default'' mode of linguistic communication or syntax. This results in, for the most part, the non-existence of a true direct translation of statements.

At a certain point (say in a novel or news article) the term ''translation'' becomes erroneous and interpretation must take its place

I believe the linguistic variety that humans have achieved should be admired and embraced rather than contested for reasons of ''lacking direct translation''.

August 29, 2013

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

i thought habe is have?

September 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chocolatey55

In other languages such as Spanish, you -have- hunger and you -have- thirst. But in English it we say it as 'I am hungry', not 'I have hunger.'

May 19, 2014

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

Translation should be 'I have thirst'

January 1, 2013

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

The literal translation is "I have thirst", but in english we express the same phrase as "I am thirsty".

January 2, 2013
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