Sonderling Sunday – Das Buch der Tausend Tage

It’s time for Sonderling Sunday! That time of the week when I play with language by looking at the German translation of children’s books, sort of a Very Silly Phrasebook for Travelers.

This week, I’ll be going back to one of my favorite young adult novels, Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale, known as Das Buch der Tausend Tage in German.

It’s actually been three years since we did a Sonderling Sunday in this book! (This is far, far, too long — more than a thousand days!) We’re “Later” on Day 223, which is page 72 in the English edition, Seite 82 auf Deutsch.

The first sentence of this section is a good place to start.

“There’s a howling outside.”
= Draußen ist großer Radau.
(“Outside is large racket.”)

I like this one:
“curled up” = zusammengerollt

For once it’s shorter in German:
“the lulling song for comfort”
= das einlullende Trostlied

“poppy” = Mohn

“song of healing” = Heilgesang

She’s got picturesque sentences:
“Why does that sound dance like fingernails down my back?”
= Warum tanzt dieser Lärm wie Fingernägel über meinen Rücken?

“howl back” = zurückzuheulen

“they’ve gone quiet” = sind sie mucksmäuschenstill

“It sounds like nightmares.”
= Es klingt wie ein Albtraum.

“hissing” = faucht

“growling and snapping at me” = das knurrend nach mir schnappte

“its mouth was smeared with blood” = mit blutverschmiertem Maul

“blood hungry for battle” = um die Blutrünstigkeit für die Schlacht

“scoot away” = zurückweichen

“crouched, preparing to pounce”
= sich duckte und zum Angriff überging

“my sleek gray cat” = mein schlanker grauer Kater

“No sound from the guards.”
= Kein Geräusch von den Wachen.

“a little hiccup sound in his throat”
= leise Schluckaufgeräusche in der Kehle

“favorite bits” [to eat]
= Leckerbissen

“It’s clumpy and tastes sour”
= Er klumpt und schmeckt sauer

“And worse news” = Und noch eine schlechte Neuigkeit

“scratching and yipping and rustling”
= scharren und piepsen und rascheln

“not fit for gentry”
= für eine Adlige nicht schicklich

I’ll finish with the last sentence of Day 245:
“Rats squeal and skitter around her, and I hear her lips smack, smack, smack.”
= Die Ratten jagen quiekend um sie herum und ich höre ihre Lippen schmatzen, schmatzen, schmatzen.

Und noch eine schlechte Neuigkeit: That’s all for tonight!

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  1. […] Last time we looked at this book, we left off at the start of Day 268. The first sentence of that day is one I’d really like to know how to say in German: […]

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