Wishing someone "good luck" in German often goes one of two ways--either "Viel Glück!" or "Viel Erfolg!" Which one you use depends on what you want to say.
If you'd like to wish some one "good luck," then go with "Viel Glück!" It really is like wishing them luck--because you're unsure how the result may turn out.
However, just like in English, it's also possible to say, sarcastically, "Good luck with that!" Then you also use "Viel Glück!" and if you want to add extra emphasis to the fact tha…
Für Geld gibt es im Deutschen gaaanz viele Wörter. Wie viele kennen Sie schon?
There are sooo many words for "Geld" (Money) in German. How many do you know already?
Nehmen Sie sich eine Minute und schreiben Sie so viele Wörter für Geld, die Sie kennen. Mit diesen drei können Sie anfangen:
Geld, Cash, Kohle ...
Also, hier gibt's einige, sowie eine kurze Erklärung zu den jeweiligen Vokabeln.
Here are a few synonyms, as well as a short explanation to each of these vocabulary words.
"Viel" oder "Viele"? Gute Frage!
It depends on whether or not you're speaking about something that can be counted. For example:
viel Zeit - lots of time. Time in general cannot be counted. (You can count hours, but not time itself.)
viele Menschen - many people. People can be counted.
Erfolg (success) is another example of something that cannot be counted. Certain things, yes, like finishing a degree or obtaining your driver's license, can be counted, sure, however they are very specific e…
"Das mache ich gern."
"Ich gehe gern schwimmen."
"Das mache ich gerne."
"Ich gehe gerne schwimmen."
Was ist eigentlich der Unterschied?! Sagt man eigentlich "gern" oder "gerne"? Gute Frage!
Man kann entweder "gern" oder "gerne" sagen--es macht praktisch keinen Unterschied. Je nach dem, was Sie sagen wollen, können Sie frei wählen, ob Sie "gern" oder "gerne" sagen möchten.
You can use either "gern" or "gerne" in German, it doesn't really make a difference. Depending on the sente…
The difference between "zu Hause" vs. "nach Hause" easily trips up German learners, but it doesn't have to trip you up if you use the tips below.
1. "zu Hause" = (at) home
"zu" is usually used as a preposition, so it would stand by itself and you might think that "zu Hause" means "to home." This is an exception. When you say "zu Hause," you're really using it as one block of language.
Think of the sentence "Ich bin zu Hause" and picture it like two wooden blocks:
[Ich] [bin] [zu Hause…
5 Ways to Re-Use Your German & Learn More in the Process
There is one key ingredient to students who learn the most in their German lessons: they repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.
My first German teacher was (and surely still is) an excellent instructor. She told me if I wanted to learn a new word in German, I'd have to use it 28 times.
28 times!! That's a lot of repetition. (If that's an average, sometimes it goes faster--say 20 repetitions, and sometimes it takes longer, say 40 repet…
IKEA Germany advertises with a catchy slogan:
Wohnst du noch, oder lebst du schon?
Are you still living, or are you already living?
This works in German since wohnen ≠ leben. But the difference is significant. Here's how to tell the difference between wohnen and leben and which one to use when.
"wohnen" is used for short-term situations.
"Ich wohne bei meinen Eltern" ...because I'm at home for the summer.
"Ich wohne bei einer Freundin" ...because I'm waiting for m…
"Kennen" is not the same as "wissen" and it can be very confusing trying to tell the two apart.
Here you will learn what "kennen" means, what "wissen" means, and finally how to tell the difference.
There are example sentences, too, and I highly recommend you grab your German notebook and write them down so you can refer back to them later.
Ich kenne... is for things you can get to know. You might not have always known your German friend Marius, however you got to know him once, which …
"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.
This is perfect for difficult questions and for difficult answers.
When it's impossible to give a s…
The Weil sentence structure is a tough one for English speakers. We say "because I said so," but the Germans say "weil ich es gesagt habe," or (translated directly) "Because I so said!"
It's the exact opposite way in German. The verbs go all the way at the end.
Although Germans are, at least in the media, losing this construction faster than the ice caps are melting, there is one almost-guaranteed compliment you will receive when you can say this properly. A German will hear it and say to you,…