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Ich bin ein Berliner

English translation: I am a jelly donut

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21:35 Aug 17, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Ich bin ein Berliner
Political speech
Paul March
English translation:I am a jelly donut
Explanation:
See comment of mtrent1 in question "Ich bin Berliner".

This is a commonly cited example of a mistranslation because he wanted to say that he is a citizen of Berlin.

Nevertheless it is not a good example because the meaning is evident if you hear the sentence (it is uncommon to be a donut) and in addition almost no German would notice the error.

Therefore don't believe that Kennedy made a fool of himself just because he used the "ein".
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Andy Lemminger
Canada
Local time: 01:56
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4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +2I am a jelly donut
Andy Lemminger
naI am a Berlin citizen (native), live here, feel as one of them
IngePreiss
naI am a Berlinermtrent1


  

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15 mins
I am a Berliner


Explanation:
This is the famous line from Kennedys'speech at the Berlin Wall in 1962. He actually made a mistake and should have said, "Ich bin Berliner" and dropped the article. Article words are not used in the same way in German as in English

mtrent1
PRO pts in pair: 34

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  IngePreiss: sorry, think it was not a mistake adding "ein", in doing so you emphasize the fact that you are one of them
3 mins
  -> Thank you for the correction, this I did not know

agree  Mats Wiman: It was not a mistake. JFK changed it himself to "Ich bin ein Berliner"
25 mins
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16 mins
I am a Berlin citizen (native), live here, feel as one of them


Explanation:
however if you are referring to speech John F. Kennedy's speech when he visited Berlin in 1963 it denotes his
solidarity with the people of Berlin, his feelings for them with regard to the Berlin Wall.

Inge



IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 09:56
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 47
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +2
I am a jelly donut


Explanation:
See comment of mtrent1 in question "Ich bin Berliner".

This is a commonly cited example of a mistranslation because he wanted to say that he is a citizen of Berlin.

Nevertheless it is not a good example because the meaning is evident if you hear the sentence (it is uncommon to be a donut) and in addition almost no German would notice the error.

Therefore don't believe that Kennedy made a fool of himself just because he used the "ein".


    own experience, native German
Andy Lemminger
Canada
Local time: 01:56
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 1127

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Uschi (Ursula) Walke: how many more jelly donuts can you take?
5 hrs

agree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: I bin ein Braunschweiger..with a failing liverer
2 days 2 hrs
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