John F. Kennedy
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What does ich bin Berliner mean?
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What message was Kennedy trying to convey when he said ich bin ein berliner?
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What did the president Kennedy says in German when he was in Berlin?
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Ich bin Berliner?
The phrase Ich bin Berliner translates as I am a Berliner. N.b. it is not necessary in German to include the indefinite article (Ich bin ein Berliner) in such a sentence. It was famously made by JF Kennedy during his famous Berlin speech on June 26, 1963. The indefinite article is only required in sentences with non-human subjects. As a result of this "inadvertent" inclusion, Kennedy's famous claim is often affectionately translated by Germans as I am a jam doughnut (Berliner is a German word for jam doughnut)
Who said Ich bin ein Berliner?
President John F Kennedy said it in Berlin on June 26th, 1963. It means "I am a Berliner", which President Kennedy said in solidarity to the citizens of Berlin. ============================================================== This famous quote has since become a bit of an affectionate joke in Germany. Berliner is also what the Germans call a donut. So the sentence was immediately open to misinterpretation. This is further compounded by the inadvertent grammatical error in the sentence. In German, when referring to a person's nationality, home town, or profession it is grammatically incorrect to add the indefinte article (Ich bin Deutscher, Ich bin Fußballer, Ich bin Berliner). The indefinite article, is however required for non-human objects, therefore JFK's famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech is often deliberately, but affectionately mis-translated as I am a donut