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Wichtig ist, dass man etwas tun kann - und wir als Studenten haben das Handwerks

English translation: Important is...

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22:29 Aug 7, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Wichtig ist, dass man etwas tun kann - und wir als Studenten haben das Handwerks
a statement at a student convention
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English translation:Important is...
Explanation:
that one can do something - and we as students have got the tools
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IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 04:11
Grading comment
thank you! much appreciated
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
nainvolvement
Michaela Müller
naThe main thing is that you can do something - and we students have got the power and the skills ...
Michaela Müller
naThe important thing is
Mary Worby
naImportant is...
IngePreiss
na -1It is essential that something can be done - and we as students know the craftLiebgard Harkness


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14 mins
Important is...


Explanation:
that one can do something - and we as students have got the tools

IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 04:11
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 47
Grading comment
thank you! much appreciated
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58 mins peer agreement (net): -1
It is essential that something can be done - and we as students know the craft


Explanation:
Handwerk = craft
The students know the craft of doing something about ...

Liebgard Harkness
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Ulrike Lieder: Disagree with craft, looks to me like Handwerkszeug was cut off - and tools would certainly be more idiomatic here
10 hrs
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1 hr
The important thing is


Explanation:
that we can do something - and we students are in a position to do so / have the skills to do so.

It's a slightly odd construction, 'Handwerk', as mentioned above, normally means a profession or craft. Which is slightly difficult to fit into the rest of the sentence.

HTH anyway

Mary

Mary Worby
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:11
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2770
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6 hrs
The main thing is that you can do something - and we students have got the power and the skills ...


Explanation:
(...to change something)

I chose "the main thing" because this certainly was an emotional speech, and the speaker wanted to convince the (other?) students.
I say "you" because it is a more colloquial version for "one" (this is used when the speaker is included in the statement made), but maybe "we" (like in Mary's version) is even better,when the speaker wants to draw attention to the invovement of all of us.
I added the part "to change something", because it is expressing the intension of the speaker even stronger.

Hope this helps a little bit,

Michaela


Michaela Müller
Germany
Local time: 04:11
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 32
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6 hrs
involvement


Explanation:
sorry for the typo

Michaela Müller
Germany
Local time: 04:11
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 32
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