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Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein

English translation: God knows I do not want to be an angel.

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16:09 Jun 26, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein
It was used as a quote.
Jennifer Timm
English translation:God knows I do not want to be an angel.
Explanation:
This reminds me of Rammstein - does this happen to be from their song Engel? ;)
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Tadej Gregorcic
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Summary of answers provided
naGod knows, I'm not claiming to be an angel
Muhammad Riedinger
naHeaven knows I don't want to be an angel
Caro Maucher
na. . . I don't intend to be an angel.Mary Wilburn
naGod knows I do not want to be an angel.Tadej Gregorcic
na"Heaven knows I'm no angel."
Tom Funke
naSee belowWilliam Scheckel


  

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5 mins
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Explanation:
Lord knows I don't want to be an angel. Hope this helps you. - Will

William Scheckel
Local time: 22:13
PRO pts in pair: 139
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57 mins
"Heaven knows I'm no angel."


Explanation:
Another common phrase, which sidesteps any suggestion of being even a little bit wicked: "Heaven knows I'm not perfect." If you feel uncomfortable with omitting the "wollen" concept: "Heaven knows I've never tried to be an angel."--->>Lord knows<< could somewhat selectively replace >>Heaven knows<<depending on the speaker (religious orientation [e.g. fundamentalist Christian], dialect [Southern US etc], historical period etc.)

Tom Funke
Local time: 16:13
Native speaker of: English
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8 hrs
God knows I do not want to be an angel.


Explanation:
This reminds me of Rammstein - does this happen to be from their song Engel? ;)

Tadej Gregorcic
Native speaker of: Native in SlovenianSlovenian
PRO pts in pair: 12
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9 hrs
. . . I don't intend to be an angel.


Explanation:
"Wollen" is especially difficult to construe, absent a context. "Intend" is a possibility.

Mary Wilburn
United States
Local time: 16:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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9 hrs
God knows, I'm not claiming to be an angel


Explanation:
...may be another, perhaps intended meaning. The context is important to determine which meaning shade was intended.
Good Luck
Muhammad Haroon Riedinger

Muhammad Riedinger
Pakistan
Local time: 02:13
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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11 hrs
Heaven knows I don't want to be an angel


Explanation:
It is indeed a line from a song by Rammstein called "Engel". For the complete lyrics, see http://valerie.inf.elte.hu/~acsg/music/engel.html. Cheerio, Caro

Caro Maucher
Germany
Local time: 22:13
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 111
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