I plan to paint the walls

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by zarvox, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. zarvox Junior Member

    English - U.S.
    Ich plane, die Wände zu malen.

    I don't know whether to use planen or vorhaben, and I don't know whether to use malen/anmalen/bemalen/something else.
     
  2. perpend

    perpend Senior Member

    American English
    This is non-native, so wait for native speakers who will be along soon (due to the time difference).

    I would say: Ich habe vor, die Wände zu streichen.

    To my knowledge, "malen" is used more for painters in the art sense, if that makes sense. Anyway, again ... wait!
     
  3. Ralf Senior Member

    Dresden
    German
    That's quite correct.

    Colloquially, you will also hear: Ich habe vor, die Wände zu malern.

    Ralf
     
  4. zarvox Junior Member

    English - U.S.
    Thanks. What's the difference between planen and vorhaben?
     
  5. Frank78

    Frank78 Senior Member

    Saxony-Anhalt
    German
    "Planen" is used for bigger things where you actually need to think about what to do, what to buy, whom to hire, etc. For example if you redsign your whole house, break down walls and build new ones.

    "Vorhaben" just expresses your intention to do something
     

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