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"Next Tuesday"

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We had a diary fail this week when talking to a German speaker in English....we said on Wednesday, "Could you please meet us next Friday?" which to English speakers clearly means in nine days time, but obviously not to German speakers

How would German speakers say what we meant? "Friday next week" or similar?
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

am Freitag der nächsten Woche
am Freitag nächster Woche
nächste Woche am Freitag
am Freitag nächste Woche
am übernächsten Freitag.

One sometimes hears übernächste Woche too, but I consider it false. It might be just me.
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

Nächste Woche Freitag - next week Friday
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am Freitag der nächsten Woche
am Freitag nächste Woche.
Thanks....I guessed that but wanted to check that was how people say it in everyday conversation

So "naechste Freitag" is always the next one coming, right?
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

This is a classic and in my experience you can never be clear enough. I usually put the date in brackets after the day to avoid missunderstandings as much as possible.
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This is a classic and in my experience you can never be clear enough. I usually put the date in brackets after the day to avoid missunderstandings as much as possible.
This is a classic, and not just for German-speakers. It also constantly throws off my French-speaking colleagues.

Of course, they're absolutely right. The Friday in two days *is* the next Friday, logically. It's only us English-speakers who've managed to get it all twisted around.

While the French can deal with something twisted around (there are plenty of examples in their language), I guess it must drive the logical German-speakers around the bend.
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

Naechster Freitag is not very commonly used. If you want to say Friday this week youd say "am Freitag".

For Friday the week after I would say "Freitag in einer Woche".

And when speaking with people with different language background, regardless of language, I always try to be ueber-specific.



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Thanks....I guessed that but wanted to check that was how people say it in everyday conversation

So "naechste Freitag" is always the next one coming, right?
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Must have been discussed before, but our search function doesn't like searching for "next"

We had a diary fail this week when talking to a German speaker in English....we said on Wednesday, "Could you please meet us next Friday?" which to English speakers clearly means in nine days time, but obviously not to German speakers

How would German speakers say what we meant? "Friday next week" or similar?
I guess it I'd a good way to teach them English!
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Nächste Woche Freitag - next week Friday
Don't write that. Spoken colloquial language only. Even in Switzerland.


nah means close
nächster means closest an nothing else.

I do hear younger generation say it like in English, but it's not correct (yet?)

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It also constantly throws off my French-speaking colleagues.
In French, be specific:
next coming friday = vendredi prochain, ce vendredi.
next week friday = vendredi en huit.

we even have the expression vendredi en quinze.

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Re: "Next Tuesday"

I am a German native speaker, and there is confusion about this among German speakers, as well, because it seems to be used differently in different regions, and because people who work with English speakers adapt and use it like the English speakers do. Same is true for time like the Swiss "5 ab 10", which no high German speaker understands.

I have had so many issues with this, I stopped using it and use the exact date or, if I do not have a calendar with me, I clarify and say which week I mean very explicitly. But I would never ever use "nächsten Freitag". Too much risk.

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Re: "Next Tuesday"

I have also found it simpler to use the date with the day of the week, i.e. "am Freitag erste Februar"
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One sometimes hears übernächste Woche too, but I consider it false. It might be just me.
You're right, as that would mean in 2 weeks.
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

I always use "this Friday" for the next Friday coming. "Next Friday" would be the next following Friday after "this (closest) Friday".

Dates are easier, just stick to that.
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Dates are easier, just stick to that.
This is not the question!! I really like you and respect your knowledge, but there are totally unambiguous ways of saying it correctly in German, there is no reason not to use them and avoid the problematic am nächsten Freitag.

am kommenden Freitag vs. am Freitag nächster Woche.

There is no way to understand that wrong. Alternatives in Tilia's and my own messages above.
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

Taking Faltrad's German and (re)translating it back to English also works well. English speakers (such as me!) are capable of confusing themselves by saying things such as "next Friday" especially if it's currently the weekend.

So "this coming Friday" and "Friday next week" help, except people will then argue, especially if it's Sunday, when "next week" starts.
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This is not the question!!
So?

There seems to be less ambiguity in French when we use it, but not sure why. Maybe coz I am used to specifying it, right after "vendr prochain".
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

The confusion stems from the usage of "this week" and "next week."

"This week" refers to the week that is currently taking place, so usage of "this Friday" refers to the Friday of the current week, or the upcoming Friday.

"Next week" refers to the upcoming week that has not yet begun. Thus "next Friday" means the Friday of the upcoming week, not the upcoming Friday.

Speaking of the upcoming Friday on a Saturday or Sunday, when the week has not finished, provides even more confusion. The element of disagreement on whether the new week ("this week") begins on Sunday or Monday throws another possible problem into the mix.

Pay close attention and verify dates, unless one is looking to ditch a commitment with a possible way to save face.

Edit -- Adrian types faster than I do and is clearly more succinct!
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Must have been discussed before, but our search function doesn't like searching for "next"

We had a diary fail this week when talking to a German speaker in English....we said on Wednesday, "Could you please meet us next Friday?" which to English speakers clearly means in nine days time, but obviously not to German speakers

How would German speakers say what we meant? "Friday next week" or similar?
This confusion isn't only a "foreign language" one, but one that differs between English- speaking people as well. Got into trouble with my Nana once when she said she wanted me to take her to the airport "next" Wednesday, and what she actually meant was "this" Wednesday. I use this example because we were both speaking English.

So, I tend to clarify these days, "not THIS coming (insert day here), but NEXT".

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Taking Faltrad's German and (re)translating it back to English also works well. English speakers (such as me!) are capable of confusing themselves by saying things such as "next Friday" especially if it's currently the weekend.

So "this coming Friday" and "Friday next week" help, except people will then argue, especially if it's Sunday, when "next week" starts.
I think most English-speakers would start their week on a Monday.

This problem is more of an issue for the British than for other English-speakers. For some reason, I didn't have problems with upcoming days until I moved to the UK, and I'm fairly sure it's not a problem for Americans, either.

As others have said, I would say "this Friday" for the upcoming Friday and "next Friday" for the one two Fridays hence. The first one is clear; the second one would be if everybody conformed and used the first ... Of course, more problems arise if today is Friday and you're talking about the Friday one week from now.

The next battle is to get everyone to use the sensible and useful word "fortnight" ...
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Re: "Next Tuesday"

And just to make it even more confusing, I've been known to say "see you next Tuesday" when I never want to see the person again.
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