Sometimes certain German words have many meanings in English depending on the context in which you use them. For example, the German word man.
The German pronoun “man” is used a lot in German. It is one of the false friends because it doesn’t mean ‘man’ (which is ‘der Mann’ in German). Instead it means ‘one’ as in ‘one is not amused’. That sort of ‘one’ isn’t used much in English, but if ‘man’ is common in German, how do you use it? (By the way, man is not written with a capital letter, unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence.)
Here are 5 (+1) different ways to translate ‘man’:
One more: man in strange uses
man = just (colloquial in the North of Germany, should really be ‘nur. mal’)
Some German feminists don’t like the use of man, because they think it does mean a male person. So they also use the word ‘frau’, again not written with a capital letter to represent a pronoun, but a feminine one.
So, there you have it, one German word and 5 (+1) possible English translations! Who says, German is always difficult?
Bye for now, man sieht sich ☺
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