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12:50 Jun 19, 2001
English to German translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: The Lady is a Tramp
Does anybody have or know of a good translation of Frank Sinatra's "The Lady is a Tramp"? Any suggestions for a good translation of "tramp" in this song?
donald
German translation:Tramp...
Explanation:
This is a hard one, but I would be tempted to leave it as close to the original as possible as the song is so well known: "Die Lady ist ein Tramp" would be absolutely comprehensible in German. I think "Dirne" might be somewhat too negative, as the song - as far as I can remember - is more about a free spirit than about a prostitute... I may be wrong but as far as I know there is no German version of the song, unlike so many other classics that were "adapted". Good luck!
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Ute Wietfeld
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:00
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Summary of answers provided
naDie Lady ist ein Tramp
DPS
naDie Dame ist ein wenig haltlos.Goetz Sachse
naVagabundinInes Carson
naTramp...
Ute Wietfeld
naDie Lady ist eine Dirne.Zbigniew Balawender


  

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10 mins
Die Lady ist eine Dirne.


Explanation:
or
"Die Dame ist eine Dirne"


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Zbigniew Balawender
Local time: 15:00
Native speaker of: Native in PolishPolish
PRO pts in pair: 8

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Dierk Seeburg: Dirne is too strong
45 mins
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27 mins
Tramp...


Explanation:
This is a hard one, but I would be tempted to leave it as close to the original as possible as the song is so well known: "Die Lady ist ein Tramp" would be absolutely comprehensible in German. I think "Dirne" might be somewhat too negative, as the song - as far as I can remember - is more about a free spirit than about a prostitute... I may be wrong but as far as I know there is no German version of the song, unlike so many other classics that were "adapted". Good luck!

Ute Wietfeld
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:00
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 129
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1 hr
Vagabundin


Explanation:
Die Dame ist eine Vagabundin

Ines Carson
Local time: 20:00
PRO pts in pair: 6

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Ulrike Lieder: Tramp in the context of this song describes the lady's morals, not her traveling habits
7 hrs
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2 hrs
Die Dame ist ein wenig haltlos.


Explanation:
Ich denke, mit einem Adjektiv ist man hier besser beraten.
Die Dame ist ein "Strolch" klingt doch komisch, oder?
Ein "wenig" haltlos, um es süffisant gegen die "Dame" abzusetzen, das ist ja auch im Original so.

Goetz Sachse
Local time: 21:00
PRO pts in pair: 29
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2 hrs
Die Lady ist ein Tramp


Explanation:
UWietfeld if quite right, "Dirne" is definitely not what is meant in the song. She is a "tramp" (there is a French version, "La Dame est une Clocharde"), but its hard to find a not-tto pjorative translation for "tramp" - thus: leave it (almost) as it is.
There is indeed no "official" German version of the song, but on a Sinatra fan website I found a German translation "Die Lady ist ein Tramp":
<http://www.sinatra-main-event.de/LadyIsATramp.txt>


DPS
Australia
Local time: 07:00
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 48

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Andrea Kopf
1 hr
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