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How would you translate the expression "mind you" in German, a phrase introducing something that should be taken into consideration. For example: "He's very well dressed, but mind you, he's got plenty of money to buy clothes".

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Leo translates it as "wohlgemerkt (too lazy for a propper answer ;-)) –  Joachim Sauer May 21 '12 at 8:01
    
here is Pons' translation: de.pons.eu/dict/search/results/… that was REALLY hard to find,mind you –  Emanuel May 21 '12 at 12:53
    
In contrary to Emanuel ;p It was very easy to find, this comment took more time: dict.cc –  Em1 May 21 '12 at 13:31
    
First page, first and forth results on Google are very interesting and good and correct. –  Em1 May 21 '12 at 13:38
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In this example I would probably just use "allerdings", or say ".., aber er hat ja auch genug Geld..."

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Too bad I can't give this more than +1 ... Excellent translation! –  Mac May 21 '12 at 9:16
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A somewhat literal but not too uncommon German expression would be "bedenke", the imperative of "bedenken":

Er ist gut angezogen, aber bedenke, er verfügt auch über genügend Geld, sich Kleidung zu kaufen.

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Hmm, not sure about this one: seems to me, the imperative of "bedenken" is rather stilted in most contexts. A more common construction would be "..., man muss/sollte aber bedenken, dass er auch über genügend Geld verfügt, sich Kleidung zu kaufen." It still sounds rather official to me, as opposed to the casual feel of "mind you". –  Mac May 21 '12 at 9:21
    
The "casual" solution in German would be to just leave the intermission out of the sentence altogether: "Er ist gut angezogen, aber er hat auch genügend Geld, sich Kleidung zu kaufen". –  Joachim Sauer May 21 '12 at 11:04
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"He's very well dressed, but mind you, he's got plenty of money to buy clothes".

'wobei' ist, zumindest in mündlicher Rede, recht üblich:

Er ist sehr gut gekleidet, wobei er es sich auch leicht leisten kann.

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The term I would use is "Gib Acht," or pay attention. That is a fairly literal translation of "mind you."

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Sorry, but I don't agree. "Mind you" as an idiomatic phrase in English has very little to do with "pay attention", has it? You'd be right, when it's a construction like, "Mind you don't step into that" - but that's a different construction with an elided "that", I think. –  Mac May 21 '12 at 14:40
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The intent of a more literal translation like "bedenke" (du sollst denken) would be like raising your hand to point something out.

Therefore, the following translations should fit:

  • ...bedenke, er hat viel Geld um Kleidung zu kaufen.
  • ...da er ja viel Geld hat um Kleidung zu kaufen.
  • ...freilich hat er viel Geld um Kleidung zu kaufen.
  • ...zugegeben, er hat viel Geld um Kleidung zu kaufen.
  • ...wohlgemerkt, er hat viel Geld um Kleidung zu kaufen.
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