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Does "Ich werde langweilig" mean the same as "Mir ist langweilig"?

Mir ist langweilig, wenn ich hier sitze und nichts mache.

Ich werde langweilig, wenn wir vom selben Grammatikproblem die ganze Zeit reden.

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Um... just a small question: have you even tried to translate these sentences back?? You ask the difference of become and be here... – Vogel612 Dec 28 '13 at 2:58
I wanted to know if they all mean the same translation ' i am getting bored' – DerPolyglott33 Dec 28 '13 at 3:01
Why not ask that instead? Actually now that I think about it, this is a common problem with your questions. You don't give us anything we can relate to, you just place two phrases, which are of differing "unequality", and don't tell us your thought process behind the problem.... – Vogel612 Dec 28 '13 at 3:05
Next time, i'll do it :) – DerPolyglott33 Dec 28 '13 at 3:22
@DerPolyglott33: the way this site works best is to take appropriate action whenever you are asked for improvements or clarification via comments. This should then be done by an edit to your question. Comments or a "promise to do it next time" will not make the present question better ;) – Takkat Dec 28 '13 at 9:18
up vote 12 down vote accepted


Mir ist langweilig

means "to me (it) is boring", or in idiomatic English "I am bored"

Ich werde langweilig/Ich bin langweilig

on the other hand means "I am becoming boring/I am boring"

As Hans pointed out, if you wanted to say "I am getting bored" it'd be

Mir wird langweilig.

I dunno if this is correct but I think

Mir ist langweilig, wenn ich hier sitze und nichts mache

would be better as

Es langweilt mich, hier zu sitzen und nichts zu machen.

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I like the active form of your last example better. But it may be a sentiment on my side, as the second form sounds like the speaker is about to do something about that boredom, while the passive form is just whining. Anyway, both are entirely valid and idiomatic german sentences. – Ingo Jan 12 '14 at 23:13

Du kannst nicht "Ich werde langweilig" sagen, aber Folgendes:

Mir wird langweilig

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Yes, we can say "Ich werde langweilig"... I just did just that. I turned 33. – Emanuel Dec 28 '13 at 20:26
but not in this context ! If you want to say that you get boring for others! – Hans Peter Dec 28 '13 at 22:43

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