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20:56 Oct 20, 2007
German to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Human Resources / interpersonal relationships
German term or phrase:fremdeln
I'm posting this question of behalf of a colleague.
>>I'm translating a magazine article, and the reporter lady likes to show off how many idioms and snazzy phrases she can use. The article is about the CEO of a German company who is from outside the company, but likes to keep to himself and not tell others what he's doing.
Here's one extract: "...stellen sich die Mitarbeiter selbst die Frage: Was weiß der eigentlich über uns? Es **fremdelt** zwischen dem Neuen und seiner Mannschaft."
"Fremdeln" is to be afraid of strangers, although I've never heard the word before. So what would you use for that phrase?