In my mother language, Hebrew, there is a greeting especially for cases when someone gets or buys something new: תתחדש (according to Google Translate: "Resumes" or "be renewed"). Is there something similar in German? If not, what will you say to someone who, for example, just got a haircut or bought a new car?

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    I think we need to know what "תתחדש" means.
    – Gigili
    May 1 '12 at 19:53
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    Google translate says תתחדש means "resume". If that is right, how to interpret it?
    – Em1
    May 1 '12 at 20:33
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    I would have translated it literally more like: "Wieder auf ein Neues" but this can not be used in the same context in German.
    – Takkat
    May 1 '12 at 20:36
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    If someone got a haircut, my usual response is "Do you need a good lawyer?", "Which profession has your hairdresser?" or "Don't worry, it will grow again..."
    – Landei
    May 2 '12 at 20:50
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    Alter Kack im neuen Frack. :) No pun intendet. May 3 '12 at 2:28

The usual case in German would be to just say something positive about the new acquaintance like e.g.

"Oh, schöne Frisur hast Du heute." - "Deine neue Frisur steht Dir ausgesprochen gut."
"Das ist aber ein schickes Auto!"

Or we put it in a question:

"Ist die Jacke neu?" - "Warst Du beim Friseur?"

There is not a common expression for this. But we do sometimes hear a proverb in that context:

"Alles neu macht der Mai!"

This is a quote from a traditional song by Adam v. Kamp (1818) but it is a bit outdated and not so widely used.


You probably recognize the new purchase/acquisition with a cheerful question like:

"Neues Auto?", "Neue Frisur?", "Neuer Laptop?", "Neue Frau?"

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    You should not use "Neue Frau", unless You know exactly that Your company can handle that remark ;)
    – Black
    May 13 '12 at 17:04
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    Would the question "neue Frau?" also be used upon seeing a man with a new haircut?
    – Carsten S
    Mar 16 '16 at 10:21

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