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“Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmer mehr.”

A famous German proverb that basically says what people don’t learn as kids, they won’t learn as adults and it’s basically about manners and good conduct.

The literal translation is roughly:

“What small Hans doesn’t learn, Hans won’t ever learn.”


-chen is a super common ending to make someone or something small and cute. And they’re always “das”.

“nimmer mehr” is outdated and only used in books and old sayings.