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Hi everybody! Anja here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common German questions.
The question for this lesson is: What is Denglisch?
Denglisch, also called Anglizismen, are nouns that are derived from Deutsch “German” and Englisch “English.” These are nouns that look and sound like English words but aren’t used in the same context. Some examples are-- Handy, Public Viewing, Mobbing, Showmaster.
Let’s go over them so you can learn how to use these Denglisch words correctly.
Handy does not mean something that’s “useful.” Actually, it’s a common word that was used for older phones without a screen. Nowadays, mobile phones are called Smartphone or Iphone.
Places where soccer games are screened publicly are called Public Viewing. This is when soccer fans go to a designated place to watch the game together. However, many English speakers confuse this with when you view your loved ones for the last time after they’ve already passed away.
If someone is being bullied at work, it’s called Mobbing. This is not a large “mob” of people in a crowded area. It’s often used to describe the difficult state of work life in Germany and is used when other coworkers are teasing or making fun of you.
Showmaster, rather than the host of a show, is actually the person who moderates a show; the person who makes sure everything is running smoothly.
These are just a few Denglisch words. Be sure to check out GermanPod101.com for more practice!
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Tschüss, bis zum nächsten Mal! “Bye, see you next time!”