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09:05 Aug 24, 2000
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: chalkboard
The teacher wrote on the chalkboard.

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naDer Lehrer schrieb mit der Kreide an die Tafel.Helga
na"Kreidetafel" might be necessary, see belowDan McCrosky
naWandtafelUlrike Lieder
naTafel / SchultafelEva Gerkrath



36 mins
Tafel / Schultafel

In your sentence just "Tafel" is sufficient. Eva

Eva Gerkrath
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Tafel would be prpobably sufficient; if you want to be more specific and convey the meaning of a school setting, definitely use Wandtafel. (Cf. Langenscheidt, Der Grosse Muret-Sanders).
I can't say that I've heard the expression Schultafel before.

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"Kreidetafel" might be necessary, see below

"Chalkboard" is a more modern word for "blackboard" for two reasons:

1. It takes into consideration the fact that most of them are no longer black but green.

2. It makes it clear that the Wandtafel is to be written on with chalk (Kreide). In other words, it is not a "whiteboard" to be written on with a "whiteboard marker".

Neither "chalkboard" nor "whiteboard" show up in most English <> German dictionaries, but they are both real English words (see NODE). If it is in any way important for your context to indicate that the board is really for use with chalk, you will have to use a German "non-word" like "Kreidetafel". If not, use "Tafel" or "Wandtafel" as suggested by the previous contributors.

- HTH - Dan

Dan McCrosky
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Der Lehrer schrieb mit der Kreide an die Tafel.

There is no such word as "Kreidetafel". so if you want to stress the point that chalk was involved you could use the above. What comes to most people's mind when they hear "Tafel" is a black or green blackboard, and not the white board. So just "Tafel" would be acceptable "Schultafel" brings to mind the little slate board we had in first grade to do our homework on - they were phased out and replaced by exercise books. Chalkboards in class rooms are still widely used in Australia, from where I am writing. Good luck!

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