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Das nimmt einen auch ziemlich mit.

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by peterf, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. peterf Senior Member

    Chicago
    Chinese
    Trying hard but fail to figure out the meaning of the following phrase:

    "Das nimmt einen auch ziemlich mit."

    In the dictionary,it translates something like:

    " It hits one very hard" or " It makes one sad"

    What make whom sad?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    The original text from Der Spiegel:

    "Es gab auch Situationen, in denen wir Abstand nehmen mussten. Die Jüngsten waren knapp 12, die Ältesten 21. Zu Beginn waren wir fast jeden Tag mit ihnen unterwegs, haben sie ständig fotografiert, sind mit ihnen ausgegangen, haben uns ihre teils sehr schwierigen Probleme mit sich selbst oder der Familie angehört. Das nimmt einen auch ziemlich mit."
     
  2. Perseas Senior Member

    Athen
    Griechisch
    My opinion:
    The photographers found themselves in the difficult position to hear the serious problems Emos and their families faced. That made them sad.
     
  3. Demiurg

    Demiurg Senior Member

    Germany
    German
    I think "sad" is too strong, here it's meant more neutral:
    It affects you emotionally.
    It's demanding/exhausting.
     
  4. Mighis

    Mighis Senior Member

    Temsaman
    Berber
    Ein Rückschlag?
     
  5. Hamlet2508 Senior Member

    English
    I would say it's more like

    This got to us.
    This wore us down.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  6. peterf Senior Member

    Chicago
    Chinese
    Thanks for all kind answers. So, "Das" stands for all activities in the preceding phrase ,right?
     
  7. Hutschi

    Hutschi Senior Member

    Dresden, Universum
    German, Germany
    Yes, it does.
     
  8. peterf Senior Member

    Chicago
    Chinese
    Thanks so much.
     

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