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German word "live" in Unit 11.2

Peter--252

Peter--252

“Ich fühle mich heute nicht so wohl und ihr werdet live dabei sein, wenn ich zu meinem Arzt gehe.”

I don't feel very well today and you will be there when I go to my doctor.”

I understand most of this sentence, but have searched for the meaning of the German word “live” (pronounced like English “life” by Matthias) in my dictionary and online, and haven't found anything.

Does it go with dabei so that the two word phrase “live dabei” means “there”?

Peter--252

Peter--252

Update: I found the word in a Collins dictionary, and it literally means “live” as in English!

Collins classes it as an adverb.

Not sure what it's doing in that sentence, though.

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Hallo Peter--252,

 

thank you for your question! 

The word “live” is a so called anglicism (an English word or phrase which is used in another language). You can think of it as something that is being broadcasted live on tv or radio. So what he means is that you (the listeners) will be there with him listening to the conversation when he goes to see the doctor, similar to a live radio interview.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Grüße,

Julia

Peter--252

Peter--252

Thanks Julia!

Fair enough I suppose, as we pinch lots of words from other languages, including German!

e.g. schadenfreude. And since I play chess I'm familiar with the terms zugzwang (movebound, or more verbosely as unfortunate compulsion to move); and zwischenzug (in-between move).

And yes, after your explanation I now see what it is doing there in that sentence.

Grüße,

Peter

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

That's interesting! I have heard “schadenfreude” in English before but hadn't come across the other two terms :) 

 

Viele Grüße,

Julia

Peter--252

Peter--252

Glad to be able to teach the tutor for a change!

Wikipedia has good explanations on those two terms if you're interested.

 

Viele Grüße,

 

Peter

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