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A better translation than "uneducated" is "ignorant." It does not refer to academic standing per se, although it could refer to things that most people learn in school. It is the quality of "not knowing what most other people know." This could refer to bad speech or grammar, and also to bad manners, which most people would avoid.


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So when Germans use ungebildet, what do they actually mean? It depends on the context but in most cases illiterate is a better translation for ungebildet. It is contemptuous and goes in the direction of calling someone being rude and being not cultivated. The latter implies some lack of education. Does it refer to someone’s social abilities or is it ...


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As a native German speaker: The formal definition of "ungebildet" means "uneducated" or "without training". Depending on context it can also have the negative connotation of "lower class" or "someone without manners". The origin is most likely from about 100 years ago. At this time education was not compulsory (at least not in the amount today). Rich ...


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"Ungebildet" means "uneducated", but is not restricted to formal education (indeed, "gebildet" can even be used in opposition to formal education, if you think that formal education goes wrong). When referring to formal education, you'd often say "ausgebildet" instead. The term "gebildet" refers to everything you learned during your life, starting with what ...


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Reminds me of the Chinese phrase which literally means "not taught(by parents)". It's remarked whenever something thoughtless or barbaric is done. Small details like leaving your bed in a mess or letting the tap run while brushing your teeth. Or letting the slippers drag while walking. Or heating anything and everything in the microwave. It means uneducated,...


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Literally, ungebildet means uneducated. However it carries a negative connotation that's similar to that of the English commoner. It is sometimes used like uneducated, but usually one avoids it by using different words like höheres/tieferes Bildungsniveau, which also isn't perfectly neutral, but still better than ungebildet. The negative connotation is ...


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Ungebildet does not mean the same as uneducated. In german, the terms has a (slight) negative connotation. It means that the person has a below-then-average general knowledge. It can also refer to manners. If you have bad manners, sometimes the word ungebildet is used to describe that ("Was für ein ungebildeter Pöbel!"). For example, if you fail to hold ...


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A person is being described as ungebildet, when they have lower than average classical or general education. The Term "meme" describes bits of knowledge that are being bassed on from generation to generation, and that are considered as being generally known and generally understood. So you might picture somebody who is "ungebildet" as someone who knows ...


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Literally you are right, "ungebildet" just means a person who did not receive any or only very few education (natural education like from indigenous tribes are generally not considered as education in this context). An example for the literal interpretation could be, sorry if anyone feels offended by this, an Person from a very poor African country where ...



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