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03:57 Sep 6, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: What's up
What's up in the sky?

Summary of answers provided
na +1Was geht im Himmel vor?
Ursula Peter-Czichi
naWas ist los da oben?Uschi (Ursula) Walke
nawas ist Oben im Himmel?
Alexander Schleber
naWas ist los in den Wolken?Martina Ley



16 mins
Was ist los in den Wolken?

Was ist los im Himmel - klingt zu sehr nach "was macht der liebe Gott?"



Martina Ley
Local time: 18:50
Native speaker of: Native in CzechCzech
PRO pts in pair: 67
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17 mins
was ist Oben im Himmel?

Without more context it is difficult to say, but this would be my first guess. If tyhe sentence had been "Was ist das, da oben im Himmel" it would hav ebeen "What's that, up there in the sky".


Alexander Schleber
Local time: 18:50
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1429
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2 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Was geht im Himmel vor?

Was ist im Himmel los?

It all depends on the context.
(I like the philosophy behind: "Was ist oben im Himmel.", for a physicist, that would be defined by gravity.)

Ursula Peter-Czichi
United States
Local time: 12:50
PRO pts in pair: 78

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agree  zapfsully: i agree with you. all depends on the context!
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14 hrs
Was ist los da oben?

would apply if you are intrigued about the formation of clouds, a storm, or aeroplanes, balloons, stars, ..

Sky is one of the many words which become different in meaning if translated backwards and forwards without further context.

The German 'Himmel' translates back to sky or heaven.
Himmel we use in a natural context, as in: there is a blue or cloudy sky - otherwise it means heaven.

Confused? Well, so are we. Just give us a bit more context, next time.


Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 02:50
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 175
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