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4 Reasons Why German Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need German slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning German slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak German? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning German or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout German Culture

If you turn on any popular German TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning German slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, German culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate German slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning German slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual German people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from German TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right German slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At GermanPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the German slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

German slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At GermanPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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German Slang Part I

For German learners: You need to know that, unfortunately, the real world looks a bit different from what you learnt, more confusing and less structured with the use of slang. Here we will tell you why you must study slang, and you will learn 5 of the most used German slangs in everyday life and how to use them properly!

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Slang is an aspect of language that isn’t usually taught in the classroom but is an important part of becoming proficient in any language. A person learning German might attend daily classes. They might study the grammar and the formalities and might even produce complex and coherent sentences. But, take this student out of the classroom and away from the textbooks, and they will encounter a world of language that breaks the rules they learned.

Although studying proper German rules is important, slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re speaking. In drama and music, conversations and advertising, language becomes less formal and goes less and less “by the rules”. Real-life German is so different from the textbooks.

Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

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It’s time to cover common German slang expressions that are used every day in Germany!

1. In den sauren Apfel beißen müssen - have to bite the bullet

The phrase In den sauren Apfel beißen müssen literally means “to have to bite into the sour apple.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “have to bite the bullet.” You can use this expression when you have to get through difficult times or if you have to force yourself to get out of your comfort zone. This expression is used often by everyone.

Ich möchte nicht, aber ich muss jetzt in den sauren Apfel beißen und Hausaufgaben machen.
I don’t want to, but I need to bite the bullet and do homework.

2. Alte Liebe rostet nicht - An old flame never dies.

The slang expression Alte Liebe rostet nicht means “old flame never dies.” You can use this expression when you think you are still in love with your ex. This expression is used often by everyone.

Ich bin mit meinem Ex-Freund wieder zusammen. Alte Liebe rostet eben nicht.
I am with my ex-boyfriend again. Old love just never dies.

3. Mit Haut und Haaren - To be involved 100%

The expression Mit Haut und Haaren literally means “with skin and hair.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “to be involved 100%.” You can use this expression when you want to express that you are giving all your efforts to something. This expression is used often by everyone.

Ich bin mit Haut und Haaren dabei.
I’m 100% involved.

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4. Auf die Pelle rücken - to crowd someone

The phrase Auf die Pelle rücken literally means “to move to one’s skin.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “to crowd someone.” You can use this expression when you think someone is getting too close to you physically or when someone is getting on your nerves. This expression is used often by everyone.

Du rückst mir zu sehr auf die Pelle.
You’re too close to me.

5. Durch die Lappen gehen - to let slip through fingers

The phrase Durch die Lappen gehen means “to slip through his fingers.” You can use this expression when something gets lost. This expression is used often by everyone.

Das ist mir wohl durch die Lappen gegangen.
That actually slipped through my fingers.

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    -beängstigend (adj)
    scary

    -Infektion die fem (n)
    infection

    -Schädel der masc (n)
    skull

    Grab das neut (n)
    grave

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    What’s your favorite zombie movie?

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    -Apokalypse die fem (n)
    apocalypse

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    rise from the grave

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    Zombies! Run!

    -Wenn es einen Zombie-Angriff geben würde, wohin würdest du fliehen?
    If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

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    supernatural

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    walking dead

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    goose bumps

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    imagination

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    -Frischwasser das neut (n)
    fresh water

    -Leiche die fem (n)
    corpse

    -schauerlich (adj)
    gruesome

    -verstecken (v)
    hide

    Friedhof der masc (n)
    graveyard

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  • Mein Name ist Anna.
    My name is Anna.

  • Ich komme aus Deutschland.
    I’m from Germany.

  • Ich lebe in Berlin.
    I live in Berlin.

  • Ich lerne seit einem Jahr Deutsch.
    I’ve been learning German for a year.

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    I’m learning German at GermanPod101.com.

  • Hallo, es ist schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
    Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

  • Ich bin 27 Jahre alt.
    I’m 27 years old.

  • Ich bin Lehrer.
    I’m a teacher.

  • Eines meiner Hobbys ist Lesen.
    One of my hobbies is reading.

  • Ich höre gerne Musik.
    I enjoy listening to music.

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    How to be a Good Lover in Germany

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    - Ich liebe dich.
    I love you.

    - Du bedeutest mir sehr viel.
    You mean so much to me.

    - Möchtest du mein Valentin sein?
    Will you be my Valentine?

    - Sie sind so schön.
    You’re so beautiful.

    - Du bist mehr als nur ein Freund für mich.
    I think of you as more than a friend.

    - Hundert Herzen wären zu wenige, um all meine Liebe zu dir zu tragen.
    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    - Liebe ist nur Liebe. Es kann niemals erklärt werden.
    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    - Du bist so schön.
    You’re so handsome.

    - Ich bin in dich verknallt.
    I’ve got a crush on you.

    - Du machst mich zu einem besseren Menschen.
    You make me want to be a better man.

    - Lasse deine Handlungen in der Liebe geschehen.
    Let all that you do be done in love.

    - Du bist mein Sonnenschein, meine Liebe.
    You are my sunshine, my love.

    - Worte können meine Liebe zu dir nicht beschreiben.
    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    - Wir waren füreinander bestimmt.
    We were meant to be together.

    - Solltest du - während du diese Zeilen liest - über jemanden nachdenken, bist du auf jeden Fall verliebt.
    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

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