Let’s look at phrases for expressing frustration and disbelief in German. Some of the expressions below are similar to English phrases, while others have a much harsher meaning than their literal translations. Take a look below, and also see our blog post on expressing enthusiasm in German.
Let’s look at some positive German adjectives that are used to express enthusiasm. It’s good to get comfortable using these adjectives. That way you know what to say when a friend tells you good news or when you want to compliment your co-worker’s efforts.
Do you have some time off for Christmas and New Year’s? Expand your German vocabulary with this list of German words for the holiday season! From die Adventszeit to das Weihnachtsessen, here are some words you should know:
Feeling at ease when talking on the phone is an important part of speaking German. Whether you are learning German for business purposes or with the goal of traveling to German-speaking countries, you may find it to be a necessary skill. Let’s look at a group of phrases that is used particularly for telephone conversation.
How many German idioms are you familiar with? German may have a reputation as a complex and serious language, but, in fact, there are many idioms and expressions that are quite humorous. Using idioms in your conversations will help you relate to people better, because they add an aspect of playfulness to your exchanges.
There are many different salutations and closings used when writing letters and emails in German. Which one you choose will depend on your relationship with the person you are writing to and whether they identify as male or female.
The appropriate salutations for German letters and emails:
Friends who write each other letters and emails may simply write Hallo Gitta,
Whoever says that German isn’t a fun language obviously needs to learn some German adjectives! They can be a mouthful, but there are some very expressive adjectives in the German language that are also very fun to use. And the good news is that German adjectives also moonlight as adverbs,
There are many words in German that are similar to English – and basic tech terminology is no exception. You may have already noticed that, in general, a lot of German tech terminology comes from English. For example, the word “Internet” remains unchanged in most languages, with the only variation being pronunciation.
For the curious and open-minded traveler, visiting European countries can come with all kinds of unique gastronomic experiences. Not knowing how to read a menu or order food can limit things substantially! Learning how to order food in German may lead you to regional dishes that you’ve never even heard of before.
A word’s etymology is its origin, and also how its usage has developed over time. Many German words are very similar to their English counterparts, but this isn’t something you can always rely on. However, even words that don’t look similar may be linked through their etymology. Therefore,