August 20th, 2009


tenses in english and deutsch

From another community:

then and especially now is the skirt... - damals und besonderes heute ist der Rock... (Not sure whether to use ist or war, because I'm talking about past and present tense at the same time)

A response:

If you want to be grammatically correct, you need both: Damals war und heute ist der Rock.

Now, I know you don't need both verbs in the English version. What's that called? Is there a rule regarding it?

How about in German?

Auf Wiedersehen- How Literal Is It?

I have a question about the colloquial meaning of a common German phrase: "Auf Wiedersehen". This, of course, means goodbye but literally is equivalent to "see you later". Its counterpart for talking on the phone is "Auf Wiederhören", "until I hear your voice again". What I am confused about is the level of literal meaning it has because Heidi Klum famously uses this to say goodbye in her show, Project Runway, but she only says it to people who have been voted out and who she will NOT see again.

So, my question is: does Auf Wiedersehen still retain the meaning of an expectation to see someone again? Or has it become a catch-all for goodbye? And, if so, has Auf Wiederhören lost its related meaning as well?

Any help would be appreciated.
MLP - pinkie chicken

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The alphabet in the scan in the following link is used to write the prayer "Hail Mary" in the Breton language. I've searched Omniglot, Ancient Scripts, and every database that I know of in order to find this alphabet, and to no avail. Any clue or help as to its name or origin or ANYTHING (besides the fact that it is used to write the Breton language) would be much appreciated.

The scan is here:

This is the text the Roman/Latin alphabet:

Notice that a lot of the letters look to be influenced by Greek, and that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the latin alphabet and this alphabet, except, for "ch." I've already tried e-mailing the guy that posted the scan, and the e-mail doesn't exist any more.

Any help is appreciated.