I was listening to a podcast and the host said: "Wir haben so viele Themen auf dem Zettel"

I looked it up and note doesn't seem like a proper translation, can someone help me with the exact meaning of this?

  • This phrase is rather informal. I would not use it when talking to an "official" audience.
    – Paul Frost
    Apr 4, 2022 at 14:57

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A “Zettel” is a piece of paper. This usage is (probably) somewhat figuratively, they are just saying that they have a long list of topics.

Incidentally, Zettel is related to English schedule.

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    Correct, "etwas auf dem Zettel haben" means to have something on your (figurative) to-do list, agenda, run sheet etc. You can imagine having those written on an actual piece of paper. You can also use "ich habe es auf dem Zettel" similar to "I've got it on my list (of tasks), I'll take care of it". Apr 3, 2022 at 11:54

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