I was doing the reading part of a B2 sample test and I stumbled across this sentence:

Museen gelten nach wie vor und trotz aller gegenteiligen Bemühungen gerade unter Jugendlichen als verstaubt und uncool.

What strikes me is that this sentence has three consecutive prepositions, making a translation really hard to perform for me. Here is my translation:

Despite contrary efforts, Museums are regarded as old-fashioned and uncool among young people.

Nach wie vor doesn't make any sense to me.

2 Answers 2


Nach wie vor is a fixed expression. Its meaning is simply: still.
Common synonyms are immer noch and weiterhin.

See Duden, Wiktionary.

Translation are provided by any bilingual dictionary, e.g. dict.cc or Pons.

You can grasp its meaning this way:
Nach refers to a time after something. Vor refers to a time before something. Wie is used for comparison. Nach wie vor means literally afterwards like before.


That's probably the most accurate one:

In spite of all contrary efforts museums are still considered as outdated and uncool, especially among young people.

trotz: in spite of
nach wie vor: still
gerade: especially
aller: of all

  • I think the passage refers to a change from the past.
    – Ornello
    Jan 23, 2015 at 16:08

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