heißen

Meanings

1.
to be called
(common translation for "my name is" is "ich heiße")
2.
to mean
(In phrasings like "That means that..." or "What does that mean?")
3.
to call
(Archaic, NOT used anymore, except in the fixed phrase "willkommen heißen". The person and the name are both direct objects.)
4.
people say
("es heißt, ..." - fixed phrasing for rumors, or other things (check the comment for an example).)
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Pedram
Pedram
5 months ago

Hello Emanuel

Can you please help me with the following sentence. It’s from a book and I can understand what it means, but I’m not sure what “heißen” means. 

  • … die Dinge über die man nicht einmal nachdenken darf. Still, heißt es, wenn ein Kind fragt, das ist noch nichts für dich und es ist besser, du weiß nichts davon.

I have found similar phrases like “jetzt heißt es aufpassen”
Is it ok to say “Still, heißt es” or just “Still”. Is “heißt es” directed at readers or at Kind?

Thanks!

Pedram
Pedram
5 months ago
Reply to  Emanuel

Thank you Emanuel

The fact that you take so much time to answer our questions is admirable.

I really appreciate that.
Hut ab!



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