was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "what little Jack doesn't learn, old Jack will learn nevermore".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [vas ˈhɛnsçən nɪçt lɛʁnt lɛʁnt hans ˈnɪmɐˌmeːɐ̯]
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Proverb[edit]

was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr

  1. you can't teach an old dog new tricks

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