meaning of läuten

sfpugh

The following phrase appears in 23.1:
Ich habe da so etwas läuten gehört.
I've heard some rumors.

In this phrase  läuten appears to mean "rumours" but the Leo dictionary  give no hint of this meaning, we have
 läuten: to ring, chime, sound etc
or Das  Läuten: chimes, toll, ringing

Is this a colloquialism or something else

 

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi sfpugh,

Läuten is here a verb, because the first letter of a noun is always uppercase (das Läuten). We could translate it word-for-word as "I've heard some ringing/singing about it".

Hope this helps!

Lucia

sfpugh

Thanks for replying, I guessed it must be something like that, but wouldn't it be a good idea to add a literal translation in brackets in a situation like this?
 

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi sfpugh,

You're right, the literal translation can indeed be useful, so I added it in brackets. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Lucia

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