Ways To Say “I Don’t Mind” In German Posted by Constanze on Apr 28, 2021 in Language
Guten Tag! Whilst it’s fairly easy to express yourself with yes and no in German, do you know how to say “I don’t mind”? How do you respond if someone presents a couple of options to you, and you don’t mind either way which one is chosen? Alternatively, how do you let someone know – perhaps in a more heated conversation – that you really don’t care about what they’re saying? Today we’re going to look at different ways of saying “I don’t mind” or “I don’t care” in German. This post focuses on neutral/polite phrases, whilst a follow-up post will focus on more heated or unusual expressions!
Ways to say “I don’t mind” or “I don’t care” in German – neutral phrases
Note that all of these phrases could still come across as rude if your tone of voice is so. By calling these ‘neutral’ phrases I simply mean the words in the phrases themselves aren’t offensive – there’s no swearing, for example.
Das ist mir egal – I don’t mind either way
This is probably the most common way of saying “I don’t mind” in German. If you memorise just one of these phrases today, make it this one! It’s very straight-forward and can be used in any situation.
Egal – Either way/doesn’t matter
Alternatively, the phrase ‘Das ist mir egal’ sometimes gets shortened to just ‘Egal’. This is a very laid back, chilled out way of expressing you don’t mind, but it’s still polite.
Meinetwegen – I don’t mind
Meinetwegen is one of those curious German words that has a few different meanings, depending on the context it’s used in, but it is a way of saying “I don’t mind”. You might simply reply “Meinetwegen” to mean “OK, sure”. Another way of using it is to say something like, “Mach dir meinetwegen keine Sorgen” – “Don’t worry about me”, when you want to make it clear that you’re not fussed either way about the outcome of something. Note that – as with all of these phrases and words – meinetwegen can also sound blunt/rude, depending on your tone of voice!
Das kümmert mich nicht – I don’t care about that/that doesn’t concern me
This is a phrase that translates more to “I don’t care” than “I don’t mind”. You might use it to express that something is none of your business, or doesn’t bother/worry you. The verb kümmern means ‘to concern yourself with’ or ‘to take care of’.
Das macht mir nichts aus – That makes no difference to me/that’s fine by me
This phrase can be used to express that something is fine, good to go ahead, etc., such as:
Ich muss mein Auto für eine halbe Stunde hier lassen. Geht das?
Ja, das macht mir nichts aus.
I need to leave my car here for half an hour. Is that OK?
Yeah, that’s fine by me.
Das ist mir gleichgültig – It’s all the same to me/I don’t care
Gleichgültig translates to ‘indifferent’, so saying ‘Das ist mir gleichgültig’ means you have no real attachment to any of the options that’ve been presented to you.
Look out for next week’s blog post, which will focus on the more heated or unusual ways of saying “I don’t care” and “I don’t mind”!
Bis dann (until then)!
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