In this episode: In this write-up, we"ll learn the various ways to interpret "anyway" to German.

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trotzdem, jedendrops, wie dem auch sei, wie auch immer, naja, sowieso, eh,...


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Hello everyone,

and welconcerned our Word of the Day. And this time, it’s actually a pretty unique episode bereason rather of taking a Gerguy word and explaining it, we’ll take an English word and also look at just how to interpret it correctly. The reason I haven’t done this type of write-ups yet is that not all of you are aboriginal English speakers and I wanted to keep the focus on Gerguy and also usage English only as a means to an finish. But hey, it’s 2020 and I simply felt favor doing it. So, this particular day we’ll talk about the translation of:

anyway

And not only bereason it is a really prevalent and also valuable word, yet likewise bereason looking at this have the right to assist us understand the distinctions in between a bunch of Germale words learners are slightly perplexed around. So are you ready to jump in? Perfect.

Taken at confront value, anyway suggests something alengthy the lines of “no matter which way”. Something is the way it is, no matter the “way”. So there’s a core notion of “makes no difference”. That’s what unites all anymethods. But we have the right to also distinguish between three different use-types of anyway:

a “contradictory”-anywayan “aligned”-anywaya “conversational” anyway

Why are we making this distinction? Well, of course bereason Germale provides various translations for all three, and mixing them up would be… you guessed it… confutilizing. So, the first type, the one we called inconsistent, implies or expresses a problem or contradiction in between two points. Here’s an example:

“Hey guy, did you recognize that Maria will certainly be at the party.” “Ugh… I… I will go there anyway.”

The anymethod does 2 points below. First up, it signals that Maria’s being at the party has actually no impact on my decision to go tbelow. That’s pretty a lot in line with the core of anymethod we uncovered – Maria or no Maria, I will go. But in addition to that, the anyway in the example ALSO implies that the truth that Maria is tbelow would usually be a reason for me to not go. That’s what I intend by contrast or contradiction. Synonyms for this form of anyway are regardmuch less, nonetheless or despite that. Which is most likely the finest to save in mind, because it leads us best to the Gerguy translation for this contrast-anyway. Some of you might have a hunch already. I am talking of course about … trotzdem.

“Maria wird bei der Party sein.” “Ugh… ich… ich gehe trotzdem.”

Trotzdem is THE translation for anyway, whenever there’s a contradiction connected. Actually, let’s say it’s the only translation. Yes, theoretically tbelow are a couple of choices to be discovered in the dictionary. But they’re barely ever before offered in normal everyday conversation. Any they look choose letter garbage. I suppose, come on… nichtsdestotrotz. That looks prefer my cat walked across the key-board. So yeah, whenever you deserve to rearea anyway with despite that (WITHOUT changing the interpretation, of course) use trotzdem in the translation. Here’s a couple more examples.

“I hate your aunt and also she hates me.” “I know. Will you please please come through me anyway?“Ich hasse deine Tante, und sie hasst mich.” “Ich weiß. Kommst du bitte bitte trotzdem mit?”
I’m tired but I’m watching one more episode anyway.Ich bin müde, aber ich gucke trotzdem noch eine Folge.

Cool. Now let’s gain to the second usage of anyway, the one I called it “aligned”–anyway. On initially glance, it have the right to actually look extremely incredibly equivalent to the initially one. Let’s take the instance through Maria and the party again however modify it slightly.

“Hey man, carry out you recognize that Maria will be at the party?” “Oh really?! Well… I was gonna go tright here anyway.”

We haven’t really adjusted that a lot, however the totality idea of contradiction is gone currently. Instead, the instance sounds like the fact that Maria will be at the party might actually be a reason for me to go. But I don’t need this reason, bereason I am going even without her being tright here. I was gonna go anyway. Aacquire, her being tright here has no result on my decision, but this time my decision and her existence are “in alignment” not “in contradiction”, if that renders sense. I understand this one is much harder to master, so let’s look at an additional example, comparing the 2.

I have actually a cold. But I am working at the office anymethod.I have a cold. But I am functioning at residence anyway.

This time, the only difference in the examples is the location. But that alters the entire conmessage and thus also the “vibe” of the anyway. In the initially version, me being at work-related is plainly a contradiction to me having a cold, I mean… especially these days, via Corona The second instance on the various other hand also says that the reality that I have actually a cold is not a trouble, bereason I was gonna stay at residence also without it. I couldn’t think of a synonym for this aligned-anyway, yet a fairly good test is to include “so it’s a complement.” to the end.

I have actually a cold. But I am working at the office anymethod, so that’s a match.I have actually a cold. But I am functioning at home anymethod, so that’s a match/not a problem.

The initially sentence got pretty weird. I intend, just how is having actually a cold and also being at the office a complement. But the second one functions fine. And how do we actually translate this aligned-anyway? Tright here are actually several options below, but the 2 most prevalent and herbal ones are sowieso and eh. And yes, eh is a word! And a pretty widespread one, also. I’ll post a attach to my write-up about that listed below :). So right here are the translations for the 2 examples we had:

“Hey guy, carry out you know that Maria will certainly be at the party.” “Oh really?! Well, I was gonna go tright here anyway.”“Hey Mann, weisst du, dass Maria bei der Party sein wird?” “Oh echt?! Naja, ich wollte sowieso/eh hingehen.”
I have actually a cold. But I am working at house anymethod.Ich habe eine Erkältung. Aber ich arbeite eh/sowieso zuhause.

Cool. We’ll check out even more examples in the exercise of course yet prior to we acquire to that, we need to talk around the third type of anyway, the conversational-anymethod one. This one is actually pretty easy to spot. It is the one that we say before we say an actual sentence, to kind of switch topic or obtain back to it after a detour, or just relocate aside what has actually been shelp prior to.

“I met this girl at the bar and she looks precisely prefer Maria…” “Hey, Maria will be at the party by the way.” “Oh really? Well, that sucks. Anyway, so I met this girl and we began to talk and…”

I think this one is pretty clear, however how perform we analyze it to German? Well, tright here are several choices and it depends a little bit on context or “tone” which one to pick. Here they are, each through their closest equivalent in English

wie dem auch sei (“be that as it may” )(naja…) jedenfalls (“in any kind of case”… jedendrops is actually component of the sentence, doesn’t occupational as a standalone)aber ja (“yet yeah so”… works if you’re talking and you want to acquire earlier to the topic after a slight detour)

Now, I know many kind of of you are now favor “Please tell us precisely when to usage which via examples.” yet I’m not gonna do that and I urge you not to get hung up on these. Tright here are more choices, civilization likewise make all kinds of combos and also you just must develop sprachgefühl for that. But Germale doesn’t use this conversational-anyway as English anymethod, so often it’s ideal to simply leave it out. As far as the instance goes, number 2 or three feel prefer the a lot of organic fit to me.

Oh echt?! Das ist nicht cool. Naja... jedenfalls habe ich diese Frau getroffen….
Oh echt?! Das ist nicht cool. Aber ja… ich habe diese Frau getroffen….

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Oh and also let’s note that jedenfalls is actually a proper component of the sentence via the verb after it. You can’t usage jedenfalls as a standalone, favor you might the other. Cool. So those were the three forms or ways of utilizing anymeans and also how they each interpret to Gerguy. Here they are again:

contradictory-anyway test: can be reput through despite that translation: trotzdemaligned-anymeans test: you deserve to add “so it’s a match” and it kind of provides sense translation: eh, sowiesoconversational-anyway test: sits in front of a sentence, not really part of it translation: wie dem auch sei, jedendrops,

And currently all that’s left for us is a small practice. Typically, I’d encompass that right here, however I haven’t all set it yet, and because many of us need to stay put at home these days, I thought, I’ll simply offer you the article now, so you have actually somepoint to check out, and follow up via the quiz in a couple of days :). So remain tuned!

And that’s it for today! This was our look at exactly how to interpret anymeans. As constantly, if you have any type of questions or thoughts or if you have actually a specific use of anymethod that you’d like to have actually a translation for, just leave a comment and also we’ll clear things up together. Oh and likewise, what carry out you think of this kind of article? Should I carry out more “How to translate”? If yes, please let me understand which words you’d like me to talk around. I hope you liked it, and also I’ll view you in a few days with the quiz.