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    Question What's the meaning and german translation of....

    Good evening ,
    I'm trying to translate Queen's song "We are the champions" with my 11 years old kids, but some idioms are even for me to difficult to translate. I thing to know the meaning, but I'm not sure:
    "I've done my sentence
    but committed no crime
    and bad mistakes
    I've made a few
    I've had my share of sand
    kicked in my face
    but I've come through"

    Could someone explain this song to me , please?
    Thank you very much
    My regards from Berlin

    Mammalilli

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    Re: What's the meaning and german translation of....

    "I've done my sentence
    but committed no crime
    and bad mistakes
    I've made a few

    I've had my share of sand
    kicked in my face

    but I've come through

    Although I haven't done anything wrong, I've still had a tough time.
    Yes, I've made some mistakes along the way.
    People have sometimes been mean to me; I've been bullied.
    But I've survived.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the meaning and german translation of....

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've had my share of sand
    kicked in my face
    Is that a set phrase?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the meaning and german translation of....

    It is a cliche that the timid weakling gets sand kicked in his face by a bully while he is at the beach, thus humiliating him in front of the pretty girls.

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