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Jein = ja + nein

ja nein jein

"Jein" is definitely one of the best words in the German language.

It's one word for both yes and no.

ja + nein = jein

Knowing the word "jein" in German opens up a whole new world for German learners and their eyes get really big and their ears perk the first time they hear the word.

"Jein" also has several uses; for starters, "jein" allows you to give two simultaneous answers to one question: ja und nein - yes and no.

This is perfect for difficult answers.

When it's impossible to give a simple answer to a question, "jein" signals that your response can't be summed up in one sentence and that your listener needs to pay attention to your entire response.

"Jein" is also a great response when you are still undecided yourself. "Jein," you want to move to a bigger apartment (ja, umziehen!), but your commute to work is so short now (nein, nicht umziehen!), however you need a bit more space (ja, umziehen!), but you don't know yet how much more space you want (nein, nicht umziehen!).

So when you have multiple answers to a question, remember you can rely on "jein" to signal a multi-layered response.

Viel Spaß damit!


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3 comments

Lahouel
 

Ich habe Linguistik gelernt, und das ist neu fûr mich, danke!

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Nicole Warner
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Bitte sehr! Das Wort jein finde ich einfach klasse.

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Taylor O'Brien
 

It's the perfect word!

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