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Warum gehst du nicht ans Telefon

RexV

I just saw this sentence which means “Why are you not answering the phone”.
Is this a common way to write this?
Personally, I would write “Warum antwortest du nicht dein Telefon”.
 

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Hallo RexV,

In German, the natural phrasing for "to answer the phone" is ans Telefon gehen and not "dein Telefon antworten" - even though it sounds weird when you translate it back to English.

When learning a new language, it's important to remember that different languages have different natural phrases that don't translate straight across. You should be cautious of going with what you feel sounds the most natural when you're first starting out with a language, because the natural feeling probably isn't coming from the language you're learning - it's coming from the language that you already speak.

Don't be discouraged, though: with practice, you will eventually start to develop those native instincts in the language that you're learning! It may just take some time.

Tschüss!

Liss

RexV

Hi Lisa,

Thank you very much for your answer.

So to tell someone to answer your phone would be:

Sie müssen ans Telefon gehen (formal)
Du musstest ans Telefon gehen (informal)

Best,
Rex

RexV

Hi Lisa,

Any comments to my question ?

Wish you a nice weekend and thank you for the course update :-)

Best,
Rex

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Hallo Rex,

Sorry that it's taken me a bit to get back to you - I've been working through your questions from oldest to newest, and have only now gotten back up to this one!

Sie müssen ans Telefon gehen or Du musst ans Telefon gehen works just fine for "You have to answer the phone" (check out Lesson 6.9 for a refresher on the conjugation of müssen: https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/german/lessons/4722). 

Saying to someone "Answer your phone!" would be slightly different: either Geh ans Telefon! (informal) or Gehen Sie ans Telefon! (formal). (The imperative is covered briefly in Level 2, Lesson 9.9: https://members.rocketlanguages.com/members/german/lessons/1515.)

I hope that you are enjoying the new Level 1 lessons!

Tschüss,

Liss

RexV

Super! Thanks!

Yes, the new course rocks!

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Bitte! And that's great to hear! :) 

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