“Nase voll” or “nina täis”

Monday, April 30, 2007 at 23:03 | Posted in languages | 6 Comments
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If you literally translate the German phrase “Nase voll” into Estonian, you get “nina täis”. However, that would not be a proper translation. Farlion had Nase voll of Germany the other day but I do not know if he had “nina täis”. Probably not.

Having one’s “nose full” in German would be like being fed up with something, in Farlion’s case Germany as a place to live in. Having one’s “nose full” in Estonian may be connected to being fed up with something but it mainly refers to being drunk.

I am so far neither fed up nor drunk. I am about to get my nose full, though. It is up to a possible reader to decide which way it is going to be.

Have a nice May Day, everybody!

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  1. It’s the only Germany we have!

  2. There is a third way to get the “Nase voll”. Ask the german soccer coach Christoph Daum, he knows what I mean. 😉

  3. @ Peter: One and only indeed. On the days of two German states one would learn two separate languages, the other spoken east of the iron curtain. A slogan like “Deutschland einig Vaterland” sounded like a joke in the other German language.

    @Farlion: Thanks but I think I’ll pass this one. Having my “nina täis” on the May Day morning is normal. Making it the other way, that of Christoph D, might cause me some symptoms of having “Nase voll”. 😛

  4. Please correct your grammar!!! The sentence is: Having once nose full….
    The correct word would be: Having one’s nose…

  5. Thanks for pointing out the print error, Laszlo. The error has been corrected..

  6. hi ich bin schröder!!!!!


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