german-vocabulary

"I like you" & "I love you" German Vocabulary list
  • Ich liebe dich. – I love you (for your boyfriend/girlfriend)
  • Ich hab dich lieb. – I love you (for your family & friends)
  • Ich mag dich. – I like you
  • Du bist mir wichtig. – You’re important to me
  • Ich bin in dich verliebt. – I’m in love with you
  • Du gefällst mir. – I like you
  • Liebst du mich? – Do you love me?
  • Magst du mich? – Do you like me?
  • Du bist süss. – You’re sweet/cute.
  • verliebt - in love
  • niedlich - cute
  • hübsch - pretty/handsome
  • wichtig - important

  • mit jemandem ausgehen, jemanden daten - to date someone
  • jemandem ein Kompliment machen - to compliment sb.
  • jemanden mögen - to like sb.
  • jemanden lieben - to love sb.
  • die Beziehung - relationship
  • der Freund - boyfriend
  • die Freundin - girlfriend

So, apparently, they’re selling FT jewelry now (source: x) and the designs are inspired by Team Natsu.

Can we all just take a minute to appreciate the fact that Erza is the only one who inspired a ring? Could this be a sign that someone (*cough* a certain blue-haired fugitive *cough*) seriously needs to put a ring on it? Or maybe that the Japanese jewelry designers think so too? Just cough up those seventy bucks, Jellal - your woman is not a snob! She’ll say yes!

Oh, well…

Tschüss!

P.S.: Why does cool merchandise like this have a way of always coming out too late for me to get for my birthday?!

Practice Vocabulary and Feed the Hungry

freerice.com is a site where you play games, and for every right answer they donate grains of rice to feed the hungry. 

They have lots of different subjects, including languages. Here are the links:

German : http://freerice.com/#/german/14576

Spanish : http://freerice.com/#/spanish/16100

French: http://freerice.com/#/french/13824

Italian : http://freerice.com/#/italian/15338

Latin : http://freerice.com/#/latin/1876950 

And if you’d like to browse all the categories : http://freerice.com/category/

It’s a good game for beginners to practice their vocabulary, and you help somebody in need! It’s a win-win situation!

The 5000 most used German words and memrise, a website for remembering almost anything

I would like to write a little bit about a new website that has been brought to my attention in the past week or so. The website is called memrise (www.memrise.com) and the purpose is to help you learn, or remember anything. I have spent perhaps 10 hours on this website trying to improve my German vocabulary. It has many free courses (more being added all the time) on a variety of topics. Language is only one of many. I have also added a course that teaches and helps you to remember all of the capital cities in the world.

It works by teaching you only a few words at a time, so perhaps it will tell you that Paris is the capital of France, then it will tell you that Berlin is the capital of Germany and that Moscow is the capital of Russia. Then it will test you on them, at first letting you choose the correct answer from multiple choice but after more time getting you to write the answer from scratch. It builds and builds up over time adding more words and eventually moves words over to a long term memory place when they have presumably been correctly recalled enough times. From then on it gets you to recall them a bit less often at this point, perhaps because they consider it to be learnt so it is more a case of memory maintenance. They use the imagery of plants and growing, harvesting and watering plants to illustrate the memory process.

It may sound a little ridiculous. But it is actually very good. I have studied memory to some extent in my academic past as part of reading Psychology. It is clear that they have designed this system based on current understanding and research of how best to remember. They introduce only a few new items at a time, so not to overwhelm the average capacity of working memory (7 plus or minus 2 items) and they use a lot of repetition to solidify the memory. Another part I like is the ‘mems’. This is that they often write a passage (that the community can vote up or down) which best helps you remember the word. Association is a very powerful tool for remembering. I learnt the word “Albern” in German which means “silly”. For a mem someone had uploaded a photo of Damon Albarn from the band Blur with something ridiculous on his head and a silly expression, and they had written “Damon AlbErn, is very silly”. A strange method perhaps, but I still remember the word.

Some mem’s leave more to be desired than others . . but still seem to help . .

For me, the best thing that I have seen on this site is 5000 words of German. This comes from research that I believe was done in Leipzig University a few years ago. They analysed a lot of newspaper articles, books etc and generated a list of the 5000 most used German words. They are thought to cover 87% of spoken German. There are a lot more than 5000 words in any language but it makes sense to be intelligent with your learning and to focus on the most used words. <.p>

GERMAN SLANG WORDS

Alter/Alte: Dude

der Asi: anti-social person

der Bulle: cop

die Eier: balls

die Fete: party

das Flittchen: hussy

der Gummi: condom

der Klugscheisser: know-it-all

der (alte) Knacker: (old) geezer

die Möpse: boobs

der Ohrwurm: catchy tune

der Penner: bum

der Schwanz: penis

der Schwarm: crush

die Titten: tits

die Tussi: bimbo

die Zicke: bitch

der Zoff: trouble

 

auf etwas/jemanden abfahren: to be crazy about something/someone

abhängen: to relax, to hang out

jemanden abservieren: to dump somebody

anbaggern: to hit on somebody

jemanden anmachen: to hit on somebody

checken: to understand something

gaffen: to stare

knutschen: to snog

labern: to prattle

pennen: to sleep

etwas schnallen: to understand something

auf etwas/jemanden stehen: to fancy something/someone

jemanden verarschen: to take the piss out of somebody

jemanden verdreschen: to beat someone

verpissen: to bugger off

 

geil: cool

krass: crass

spitze: great

voll: very

 

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Haha, sure… if you need them. ;) I wouldn’t recommend using any of them though if you don’t want to get into trouble.

  • Idiot = idiot
  • Trottel = fool
  • Depp = fool
  • Lusche = wimp
  • Verpiss dich! = Piss off!
  • Mistkerl!/Scheißkerl! ~ Bugger! Scumbag! (only used for men)
  • Bastard! = Bastard!
  • Drecksack! = Scumbag! 
  • Drecksau! ~ Scumbag! (literally “Dirt sow/pig!”)
  • Du Schwein! ~ You swine! You pig!
  • Wichser! = Wanker! (“wichsen” means “to wank”/”to jerk off” OR to black shoes for example lol)
  • Arschloch! = Asshole!
  • Hurensohn! = Son of a bitch!
  • Schlampe! = Slut! Bitch!
  • Hure! = Whore!
  • Nutte! = Bitch! Slut!
  • Fotze! = Cunt!
  • Leck mich! ~ Bite me!
  • Leck mich am Arsch! ~ Kiss my ass!
  • Fick dich! = Fuck you!
  • Fick dich ins Knie! = literally “Fuck yourself into the knee!” lol 
  • Fick deine Mutter! = Fuck your mother!
  • Friss Scheiße! = Eat shit!
  • Geh sterben! ~ Go and die!
  • Fahr zur Hölle! = Go to hell!

Those are just a few very common ones because the list is endless. In German you can put so many random words together and it will work as an insult even if it isn’t a common one. I found a list here for example and I haven’t heard most of those words - people can get really creative when it comes to making up insults. :D

(*Rebloggable version for another anon. I deleted the old message.)

Series: Put it in the Lexicon

Today some vocabulary with nice explanations… just follow the link…

1. Ohrwurm (Ear worm)

2. Fernweh (Distance pain)

3. Kummerspeck (Grief bacon)

4. Innerer Schweinehund (Inner pig dog)

6. Torschlusspanik (Closing-gate panic)

7. Treppenwitz (Staircase joke)

8. Lebensmüde (Life tired)

9. Weltschmerz (World pain)

10. Weichei (Soft egg)

11. Backpfeifengesicht (Slap face)

12. Erklärungsnot (Explanation poverty)

13. Sitzfleisch (Sit or seat meat)

14. Purzelbaum (Tumble tree)

15. Dreikäsehoch (Three cheeses high)

16. Zungenbrecher (Tongue breaker)

17. Schattenparker (Shadow parker)

18. Kuddelmuddel (???)

GERMAN PARTY VOCABULARY LIST
  • die Party/das Fest: the party
  • der Club: the club
  • die Kneipe: the pub
  • die Bar: the bar
  • das Lokal: the pub
  • das Restaurant: the restaurant
  • das Kino: the cinema
  • die Karaokebar: the karaoke bar
  • der Weiberabend: girls night out
  • das Outfit: the outfit
  • die Klamotten: the clothes
  • das Kleid: the dress
  • der Drink: the drink
  • das Getränk: the beverage
  • der Alkohol: the alcohol
  • das Bier: the beer
  • der Wein: the wine
  • der Wodka: the vodka
  • der Rum: the rum
  • das Glas: the glass
  • die Zigarette: the cigarette
  • der Joint: the joint
  • die Drogen: the drugs
  • das Gras: the weed
  • das LSD: the acid
  • sich (auf)stylen: to style
  • sich hübsch machen: to get all dressed up
  • feiern: to party
  • tanzen: to dance
  • flirten: to flirt
  • trinken: to drink
  • rauchen: to smoke
  • kiffen: to blaze
  • sich besaufen: to get drunk
  • das Tanzbein schwingen: to take to the floor
  • um die Häuser ziehen: to do a pub tour
  • singen: to sing
  • besoffen: drunk
  • bekifft: stoned
  • alkoholfrei: alcohol-free
Favorite German Words

So since someone asked some time ago about my favorite German words, I gave it some thought and will be posting a few as they come to mind. As a German, I’m more inclined to think of favorite words in a foreign language. Anyway, here’s one I like. :) 

Der Geistesblitz - strike of genius. 

Geist meaning “mind/intellect”; Blitz being a lightning strike, as it occurs during thunderstorms, also a flash, as used in photography. Pulled together, they signify a promising idea that suddenly occurs to a person, illuminating their mind like a lightning strike or a flash, leading to a brilliant idea.

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What are YOUR favorite German words? Leave them here or in the inbox if you want.

Umgangssprache des Tages: sich aufbrezeln = sich schick machen - “Ich muss mich noch für die Party aufbrezeln.”
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Slang of the day: sich aufbrezeln = to dress up - “I need to dress up for the party tonight.”

“sich aufbrezeln” has nothing to do with the delicious “Brezel” to eat, but picturing yourself dressed up in pretzels is a good way to remember that word.