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das hoert sich ja verdammt gut an mit dem Picknick

English translation: "...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..."

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04:00 Sep 30, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
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German term or phrase: das hoert sich ja verdammt gut an mit dem Picknick
an email from my friend in response to my informing him that we're obligated to attend a company picnic during his next visit to the U.S.
Marcy
English translation:"...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..."
Explanation:
Tom's answer is fine but the use of the word "idea" makes it sound as though there is some sort of problem that will be solved by going to (or having) the picnic.

If this is not the case, the translation could be shorter:

"...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..." My choice would be "like fun".

Use of the English word "damned", which is the right translation for "verdammt", sounds overdone and unnecessarily strong but then so does "verdammt".

- HTH - Dan
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Dan McCrosky
Local time: 10:11
Grading comment
Thanks, Dan. Your expanation was very helpful. It was the "verdammt" that threw me off in the first place. I, too, thought it was pretty strong for this situation, but thought maybe I was missing something in the translation.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na"...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..."Dan McCrosky
naa picknick sounds greatbuckel
nathat picnic sounds like a damn good idea
Tom Funke


  

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8 mins
that picnic sounds like a damn good idea


Explanation:
other ways to say it, perhaps more common,would be _that (a) picnic sounds like a great/terrific/super idea_; that's a great idea about that picnic etc.

HTH Tom


    Source: Lots of American picnics, including company picnics.
    :)
Tom Funke
Local time: 04:11
Native speaker of: English

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1 hr
a picknick sounds great


Explanation:
just a hunch

buckel
Local time: 10:11
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1 hr
"...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..."


Explanation:
Tom's answer is fine but the use of the word "idea" makes it sound as though there is some sort of problem that will be solved by going to (or having) the picnic.

If this is not the case, the translation could be shorter:

"...the picnic sounds great/wonderful/super/terrific/fine/like fun..." My choice would be "like fun".

Use of the English word "damned", which is the right translation for "verdammt", sounds overdone and unnecessarily strong but then so does "verdammt".

- HTH - Dan


Dan McCrosky
Local time: 10:11
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks, Dan. Your expanation was very helpful. It was the "verdammt" that threw me off in the first place. I, too, thought it was pretty strong for this situation, but thought maybe I was missing something in the translation.
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