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I have difficulties to understand this phrase:

Ich messe meiner Zeit Wert zu

How would you translate it?

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In my opinion, it depends on the context the sentence is used/in what tone the sentence is uttered. Most likely, I would translate your sentence as follows:

  • I give/assign value to my time.

  • For me, time is money.

  • Time is precious.

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I'd translate
Ich messe meiner Zeit Wert zu
with
I consider my time valuable

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I wonder if this would be used as anything other than an icy putdown? A "polite" way of saying, "Buzz off and stop wasting my time." –  Eugene Seidel May 18 '13 at 20:55
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@EugeneSeidel, most likely. I could think about a terminally ill person saying the same, with a context of take advantage of the remaining time ... –  bummi May 18 '13 at 21:34
    
Do not forget that, despite the existence of the internet, there are still people today, for whom boredom is an issue. –  Wrzlprmft May 18 '13 at 22:31
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