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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Some of the Most Common Slang Expressions in Germany
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome to GermanPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Jennifer: And I'm Jennifer!
Eric: This is Must-Know German Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 1. In this lesson you'll learn some of the most common slang expressions in Germany.
Eric: You will often hear these expressions during regular conversations as part of the interactions of daily life.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Jennifer: Nur Bahnhof verstehen.
Jennifer: Blau machen
Jennifer: Schwein haben.
Jennifer: Pi mal Daumen.
Eric: Jennifer, what's our first expression?
Jennifer: Nur Bahnhof verstehen.
Eric: Literally meaning "to just understand train stations." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "not to understand anything."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Nur Bahnhof verstehen. [NORMAL] Nur Bahnhof verstehen.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Nur Bahnhof verstehen.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when something is over your head and you don't get it.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Das ist ja kompliziert. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof. [SLOW] Das ist ja kompliziert. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof.
Eric: "That is complicated. I don't get it."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Das ist ja kompliziert. Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof.
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jennifer: Blau machen
Eric: Literally meaning "to make it blue." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to skip classes or work."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Blau machen [NORMAL] Blau machen
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Blau machen
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you take a day off instead of going to work or school.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Gesunde Mitarbeiter machen gern mal blau. [SLOW] Gesunde Mitarbeiter machen gern mal blau.
Eric: "Healthy employees like to skip work from time to time."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Gesunde Mitarbeiter machen gern mal blau.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jennifer: Schwein haben.
Eric: This literally means "have pig." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to be lucky."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Schwein haben. [NORMAL] Schwein haben.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Schwein haben.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when someone gets lucky in a situation which could have ended badly.
Eric : Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Beinahe wäre ich hingefallen, nochmal Schwein gehabt. [SLOW] Beinahe wäre ich hingefallen, nochmal Schwein gehabt.
Eric: "I almost fell down, but I was lucky."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Beinahe wäre ich hingefallen, nochmal Schwein gehabt.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jennifer: Pi mal Daumen.
Eric: Literally meaning "pi times thumb." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "approximately."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Pi mal Daumen. [NORMAL] Pi mal Daumen.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Pi mal Daumen.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you want to estimate an amount. Let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Das macht dann Pi mal Daumen 150 Euro. [SLOW] Das macht dann Pi mal Daumen 150 Euro.
Eric: "It will be approximately 150 Euros."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Das macht dann Pi mal Daumen 150 Euro.
QUIZ
Eric: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I’ll describe four situations, and you choose the right expression to use. Are you ready?
Eric: Instead of going to work, you want to take a holiday. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Blau machen
Eric: "to skip classes or work"
Eric: You heard something but didn’t understand anything. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Nur Bahnhof verstehen.
Eric: "not to understand anything"
Eric: You want to give an approximate number, in a casual situation. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Pi mal Daumen.
Eric: "approximately"
Eric: You think something bad could have happened but then things went well. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Schwein haben.
Eric: "to be lucky"

Outro

Eric: There you have it; you have mastered four German Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at GermanPod101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Jennifer: Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schön for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Levente

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robert groulx
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thanks or the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is : Nur Bahnhof verstehen.


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Hi Mervin,


Thanks for the feedback. Glad you liked it.

Keep going!😉


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

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Mervin Mathew
Monday at 10:50 PM
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Excellent audio