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Die guten Rechner

English translation: "Those Good with Sums"

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12:24 Aug 20, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
German term or phrase: Die guten Rechner
The above is the title of a children's story about Arab farmers. It's a "once upon a time" story or like a parable from the Bible, or maybe Aesop's fables. The best I can come up with is "The Farmers who were good at Math." But that sure doesn't capture the old timish flavor of the story. I also considered "The Good Calculators." Even worse. Any ideas?
Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 01:09
English translation:"Those Good with Sums"
Explanation:
Title: "Those Good with Sums"

http://www.moveoangelus.com/issue1/poetry/exile.htm

"As he runs for the door of the schoolhouse, someone calls him "dirty Hun," pebbles sting his back. Inside, he sits small at his desk, dreams of having wings. He is good with sums, writes an elegant hand for one so young. His teacher calls him `little man´."

http://www.eaf.asn.au/otis/jjtht.html

"A lean, sardonic man, eyeing narrowly the world. A silken tassle twirls atop his fez, which sits upon a head that's very good with sums and sauces, although his heart is numb, like his boss's; he knows no more mercy than a mantis."

http://169.207.3.68/~rlevine/Jobs1840.txt

Blacksmith $1.15 Roxbury Experience required
Store Clerk $1.25 West End "Read and write, good with sums"
Clockmaker $1.25 Downtown Experience required

- HTH - Dan
Selected response from:

Dan McCrosky
Local time: 08:09
Grading comment
It was a close tie with "good with numbers," but I finally decided on "good with sums" because it came closest to the spirit of the original. Thank you Dan and Tom and everyone.
Kim Martin Metzger, Guadalajara
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na"Those Good with Sums"Dan McCrosky
naThe peasants/farmers who were good with numbersAnya Malhotra
naDie guten MathematikerManfred Mondt
nathose/ the ones / the peasants who were good with numbers
Tom Funke
nasee belowRolf Bueskens
naThe peasants/farmers who were masters of calculation/arithmeticRandi Stenstrop
naMath Whiz KidsUlrike Lieder
naGood at ArithmeticJeanne Haunschild


  

Answers


43 mins
Good at Arithmetic


Explanation:
I know the noun Rechner goes missing with this title, but maybe the story itself provides the meaning. Titles are often not understood till the story is read.

Jeanne Haunschild
Germany
Local time: 08:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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1 hr
The peasants/farmers who were masters of calculation/arithmetic


Explanation:
Not that I think this is a stroke of genius - but perhaps it can help you a little.

Good luck!

Randi Stenstrop
Local time: 08:09
Native speaker of: Native in DanishDanish
PRO pts in pair: 265
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1 hr
Math Whiz Kids


Explanation:
This is a rather common colloquial expression in US English (used a lot in education - do a search on it...) and may not be stylistically appropriate for your purposes. But I thought I'd offer it as another option. Kids would definitely connect to it.

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 23:09
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
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2 hrs
see below


Explanation:
For old-time flavour, perhaps:
Wizards with the Abacus, or
Wizards in Abacusland

Rolf Bueskens
Local time: 17:09
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 544
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2 hrs
those/ the ones / the peasants who were good with numbers


Explanation:
This is a relative ageless, common phrase to express simple (or not so simple) mathematical skills.

Tom Funke
Local time: 02:09
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 2419
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11 hrs
"Those Good with Sums"


Explanation:
Title: "Those Good with Sums"

http://www.moveoangelus.com/issue1/poetry/exile.htm

"As he runs for the door of the schoolhouse, someone calls him "dirty Hun," pebbles sting his back. Inside, he sits small at his desk, dreams of having wings. He is good with sums, writes an elegant hand for one so young. His teacher calls him `little man´."

http://www.eaf.asn.au/otis/jjtht.html

"A lean, sardonic man, eyeing narrowly the world. A silken tassle twirls atop his fez, which sits upon a head that's very good with sums and sauces, although his heart is numb, like his boss's; he knows no more mercy than a mantis."

http://169.207.3.68/~rlevine/Jobs1840.txt

Blacksmith $1.15 Roxbury Experience required
Store Clerk $1.25 West End "Read and write, good with sums"
Clockmaker $1.25 Downtown Experience required

- HTH - Dan


Dan McCrosky
Local time: 08:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1541
Grading comment
It was a close tie with "good with numbers," but I finally decided on "good with sums" because it came closest to the spirit of the original. Thank you Dan and Tom and everyone.
Kim Martin Metzger, Guadalajara
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15 hrs
The peasants/farmers who were good with numbers


Explanation:
FWIW I like Tom's suggestion best. It fits in best with the type of story you've mentioned.

Anya Malhotra
Local time: 11:39
PRO pts in pair: 48
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16 hrs
Die guten Mathematiker


Explanation:
Wie wäre es damit?

Manfred Mondt
United States
Local time: 02:09
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 252
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