English translation: drink coffee cold and never look old
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German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / Saying
German term or phrase:Kalter Kaffee macht schön
So I don't need a translation of this saying, "cold coffee makes you beautiful," and I don't need an equivalent (e.g. "when life gives you lemons...").
The saying occurs in a bit of dialog in a book, and for various key plot points the translation pretty much needs to include the images of (a) coffee that has gone cold and (b) drinking such coffee makes you beautiful. I'd give more context, but I don't think it would help much.
I can always go with "cold coffee makes you beautiful," but I was hoping that perhaps someone knows of a similar coffee-related expression unknown to me--or has a poet's talent for inventing something that sounds like it *could* be a saying in English (one cheesier idea I had was "drinking coffee cold keeps beauty’s wane on hold"). Thanks in advance for any creative brainstorming you have time for.
I don't think the passage in which it appears is particularly helpful for context; I *do* need a faithful but artful rendering because the cold coffee and beauty things are both literal plot points in the chapter.
Yeah, that connotation is there, too, a bit. True. At my local Starbucks there's "iced coffee"; I think most people here still would understand "cold coffee" as coffee that's sat out too long. But it's a good point you raise!
I think that will be difficult; "kalter Kaffee" seems to be an untranslatable concept (it means "Quatsch", something without value; to which you might respond "rubbish" in BE. In my experience, cold coffee has only positive connotations in US culture
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drink coffee cold (and) never look old
Explanation: Just an idea.
Bernhard Sulzer United States Local time: 20:40 Works in field Native speaker of: German PRO pts in category: 36
Thanks for everyone's creativity on this little problem--I appreciated all the suggestions enormously.