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12:31 May 12, 2000
English to German translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: mental furniture
mental furniture is to be understood as the knowledge you require over the years. Some of it gets thrown out in the course of time. The flexibility of "mental furniture" is important for the translation.
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sandrapontow
German translation:geistiges Mobiliar
Explanation:
According to your explanation "mental furniture" is clearly a metaphoric expression, comparing the acquisition of knowledge with the acquisition of furniture during our lifetime: we keep the good and valuable and throw out the bad, broken or only temporarily needed. The German term "geistiges Mobiliar" conveys the same meaning.
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Veronika Koeper-Saul
Local time: 00:08
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Thank you everybody for your suggestions. My sleepless nights are history for now...
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Summary of answers provided
na"vertrautes Bündel von Auffassungen und Einstelllungen"Dan McCrosky
nageistiges Mobiliar
Veronika Koeper-Saul
nageistiges RüstzeugWilhelm Pfiffer
namentales MobiliarUlrike Lieder
namentale Ausstattung/AusrüstungxxxKristina M
namentales MobiliarUlrike Lieder


  

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7 mins
mentales Mobiliar


Explanation:
Not knowing more of your context, I think a literal translation might work. I like mentales Mobiliar for the alliteration... mentale Bagage also comes to mind, but I wouldn't use it because it has a slightly derogatory connotation, at least to my mental furniture. Hope this helps a bit!

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 16:08
Native speaker of: German
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21 mins
mentale Ausstattung/Ausrüstung


Explanation:
Just a couple of additional ideas.

Kristina


xxxKristina M
Local time: 19:08
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22 mins
mentales Mobiliar


Explanation:
Not knowing more of your context, I think a literal translation might work. I like mentales Mobiliar for the alliteration... mentale Bagage also comes to mind, but I wouldn't use it because it has a slightly derogatory connotation, at least to my mental furniture. Hope this helps a bit!

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 16:08
Native speaker of: German
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1 hr
geistiges Rüstzeug


Explanation:
sounds a bit antique but transmits the message quite clear.

Wilhelm Pfiffer
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3 hrs
"vertrautes Bündel von Auffassungen und Einstelllungen"


Explanation:
This is a quotation so we should not use it without permission and credit. Besides that, I am sure it is much too long for your translation but it sounds so good that I wanted to pass it on. - http://www.uni-siegen.de/~ifan/ungewu/heft7/korenke7.htm




    Reference: http://www.uni-siegen.de/~ifan/ungewu/heft7/korenke7.htm
Dan McCrosky
Local time: 01:08
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 390
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1 day 12 hrs
geistiges Mobiliar


Explanation:
According to your explanation "mental furniture" is clearly a metaphoric expression, comparing the acquisition of knowledge with the acquisition of furniture during our lifetime: we keep the good and valuable and throw out the bad, broken or only temporarily needed. The German term "geistiges Mobiliar" conveys the same meaning.

Veronika Koeper-Saul
Local time: 00:08
PRO pts in pair: 36
Grading comment
Thank you everybody for your suggestions. My sleepless nights are history for now...
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