Hi! It’s Laura from MosaLingua. Today I’m going to talk about 15 German slang words.
German Slang Words To Sound Like A Native (Video)
Wie geht’s dir + Wie geht es ihnen + Alles fit + Alles klar
Of course, you probably already know some, like “Wie geht’s dir?” or “Wie geht es Ihnen?” which you say when you meet someone. If you say “Alles fit?” or “Alles klar?” instead, you’ll sound more casual…
Hast du bock auf kino
Want to meet up with a German friend? Ask them: “Hast du Bock auf Kino?” Which means: “Are you up for a movie?” “Bock” is actually the word for “buck.” Kind of creative, isn’t it?
Ja ich möchte ins kino gehen + Ja, (ich) bin dabei
And then they might answer: “Ja, ich möchte ins Kino gehen!” or even more casually: “Ja, (ich) bin dabei!”
Zocken + Kicken
We don’t use long, annoying expressions to talk about certain fun activities. “Zocken” means to play video games. And “kicken”? That one means soccer, of course! Soccer is most Germans’ favorite sport.
Gut + Eins A + Fett + Abgefahren
The World Cup finals game was so “gut.” Using slang, you’d say: “Das WM-Finale war ‘Eins A,’ ‘fett,'” or even ‘abgefahren.'”
Total Daneben + Mega Nervig
Some people, on the other hand, might think soccer is “total daneben” or “mega nervig.” These would be people who aren’t big fans, or who think soccer is boring.
Das geht Ihnen auf den Zeiger + Auf den Zeiger gehen
There’s a problem – it’s European Cup or World Cup time. Soccer is everywhere. These people might say: “Das geht Ihnen auf den Zeiger.” What does it mean? “Zeiger” actually refers to the hands of a clock: there is a big one and a little one. “Auf den Zeiger gehen” means that something is so irritating that you want it to stop as soon as possible.
Bleib mal locker + Komm mal klar
Your friend might respond by saying: “Bleib mal locker!” or “Komm mal klar!”
They don’t see what your problem is, and might even say: “Entspann dich!” – relax! But regardless of whether you are a soccer fan or not, these German slang expressions will make you sound like a native speaker.
Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof
Last but not least, I wanted to share one of my favorite German slang expressions: “Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof!” Can you guess what it means? “Ponyhof” is a place where ponies live, a farm or ranch where you could probably imagine them frolicking, happy and carefree. What it really means: “Life is not always easy.” But thanks to MosaLingua, yours can be a little easier and more fun, at least when it comes to learning languages!
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