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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Common Slang Expressions used by Young Adults
Eric: Hi everyone, and welcome back to GermanPod101.com. I'm Eric.
Jennifer: And I'm Jennifer!
Eric: This is Must-Know German Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 2. In this lesson you'll learn common slang expressions used by young adults. These expressions are commonly used by young people, but can also be used by more mature people.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Eric: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Jennifer: Einen Kater haben.
Jennifer: Auf Teufel komm raus.
Jennifer: Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte.
Jennifer: Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden.
Eric: Jennifer, what's our first expression?
Jennifer: Einen Kater haben.
Eric: Literally meaning "to have a cat." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to have a hangover."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Einen Kater haben. [NORMAL] Einen Kater haben.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Einen Kater haben.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you drank too much last night and want to say you have a hangover. The pronunciation of
Jennifer: “Kater"
Eric: is similar to the pronunciation of an ancient medical term "catarrh." This word referred to a diffuse disease associated with cough, rhinitis, malaise and headache. Let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich habe einen ganz schönen Kater. Gestern habe ich einfach zu viel Bier getrunken. [SLOW] Ich habe einen ganz schönen Kater. Gestern habe ich einfach zu viel Bier getrunken.
Eric: "I'm really hungover. I just drank too much beer last night."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Ich habe einen ganz schönen Kater. Gestern habe ich einfach zu viel Bier getrunken.
Eric: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jennifer: Auf Teufel komm raus.
Eric: Which literally means "on devil come out." As a slang expression, it means "by any means necessary."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Auf Teufel komm raus. [NORMAL] Auf Teufel komm raus.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Auf Teufel komm raus.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when any means possible should be taken to accomplish the goal. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Du musst nicht immer alles auf Teufel komm raus machen. [SLOW] Du musst nicht immer alles auf Teufel komm raus machen.
Eric: "You shouldn't always do everything by hook or by crook."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Du musst nicht immer alles auf Teufel komm raus machen.
Eric: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jennifer: Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte.
Eric: Literally meaning "this will not come into my bag." When it's used as a slang expression, it means "this is completely out of the question."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte. [NORMAL] Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when something is totally unacceptable. Jennifer, can we hear an example sentence?
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Die Preiserhöhung kommt mir einfach nicht in die Tüte. [SLOW] Die Preiserhöhung kommt mir einfach nicht in die Tüte.
Eric: "The price change is just totally unacceptable to me."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Die Preiserhöhung kommt mir einfach nicht in die Tüte.
Eric: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jennifer: Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden.
Eric: Which literally means "to be thrown into cold water." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to be thrown in at the deep end."
Jennifer: [SLOW] Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden. [NORMAL] Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden.
Eric: Listeners, please repeat.
Jennifer: Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Eric: Use this slang expression when you have to solve a problem without any proper explanation on how to solve it. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Bei meinem jetzigen Projekt wurde ich einfach ins kalte Wasser geworfen. [SLOW] Bei meinem jetzigen Projekt wurde ich einfach ins kalte Wasser geworfen.
Eric: "In my current project, I was just thrown into the deep end."
Jennifer: [NORMAL] Bei meinem jetzigen Projekt wurde ich einfach ins kalte Wasser geworfen.
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: You need to make something happen by any possible way. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Auf Teufel komm raus.
Eric: "by any means necessary"
Eric: You had a lot to drink yesterday and still have a hangover. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Einen Kater haben.
Eric: "to have a hangover"
Eric: You need to fix something all by yourself, but no one’s told you how. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Ins kalte Wasser geworfen werden.
Eric: "to be thrown in at the deep end"
Eric: You want to say something is not acceptable at all. Which slang do you use?
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jennifer: Das kommt mir nicht in die Tüte.
Eric: "this is completely out of the question"

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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