Q:i have a german oral test coming up on monday, and i was wondering if you had any nonspecific filler phrases to make me sound more natural? for example things like well, yes/of course etc (the only german words of this kind of sense i know are naja and nanu, and nanu doesnt work for it) i hope you understand what im trying to say? like conversation fillers?
- naja = well
- ja, ja (affirmative, example: Ja, ja, ich habe davon gehört. ~ Yeah, I heard about that.)
- … weißt du? / … wissen Sie? = … you know?
- Keine Ahnung … = No idea …
- Ich weiß nicht … = I don’t know …
- ach so = I see
- ach (Ach, ich weiß nicht. ~ Ugh, I don’t know.)
- Ach wirklich? = Oh really?
Those are just a few. But I already posted more here.
And hen there are also tag questions.
Q:Would you use the expression "jdn. Abklatschen" to say "give somebody a high five"?
Yes. But it’s often used if you use both hands… and Idk, when I hear it I rather imagine people passing each other while giving each other a high five. Like:
I think “einschlagen” is the better word for this:
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Q:Please excuse my silly question, but in German class today, we learned about Sankt Nikolausa and about Krampas. I was wondering; why does Sankt Nikolaus have the Krampas following him? They're quite scary, for such a nice concept.
Oh… Krampus isn’t that common in Germany. I talked about it a while ago: http://germannn.tumblr.com/tagged/krampus/chrono
Originally, Krampus (just like Knecht Ruprecht - he’s the Nikolaus companion in the biggest part of Germany) punished or scared “naughty” children. He was supposed to be daunting and to keep kids from misbehaving. (Both Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht were basically some sort of bogeyman.) The tradition goes back centuries, I should probably add that.
I guess the point is that traditionally Nikolaus day wasn’t supposed to be “a nice concept” like it is today. And in case you’re wondering why we still didn’t get rid of Nikolaus’ companions: It’s a tradition most kids grow up with and enjoy. Little kids might still be scared, but the rest (unlike children in the 17th century) are probably mainly fascinated. Just like kids are fascinated by all the “creatures” during Halloween. :)
Q:Hi! So, I had a few questions about newspapers in Germany, because that's something that seems to vary a lot depending on the country. What are the most important ones? And are they mostly neutral and factual, or do they have very defined political positions? Also, do people have subscriptions, get them delivered? Do they even read newspapers that much, or do people prefer online news, TV, nothing at all? Sorry sorry, there are just so many questions to ask! Anyway, thanks!
Newspapers are never completely neutral. That’s something impossible to achieve for any newspaper anywhere - even though they try to appear neutral of course. :)
Here is a list of the biggest daily newspapers in Germany and some data:
According to Wikipedia, these are the political positions:
FAZ > conservative-liberal
Die Welt > conservative
SZ > left-liberal
taz > left-alternative
Side note: I translated the political terms literally, but it’s possible that they aren’t used like that in English and can mean something different. In the forum of an online dictionary, there was for example a discussion about “linksliberal” (literally: left-liberal) suggesting that Americans would imagine a far more extreme political position behind it (x).
I found more information about the political positions of the other newspapers listed above, but in most cases there weren’t any sources mentioned. That’s why I prefer not to categorize them here.
The biggest weekly nespaper is Die Zeit.
The readership of online newspapers is growing immensely. I found some sites stating that the majority of those readers only reads free articles, though.
Some facts according to the BDZV (Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers) for 2013:
- Printed nespapers are read by 71% of the German citizens (older than 14) on the day of publication.
- Seven million users visit the website of a regional online newspaper at least once per month.
- Two of three Germans (older than 14) read printed daily newspapers regularly.
More info (in German): HERE.
And yes, you can subscribe to German newspapers (both print and online) and many people do so. But I assume the numbers are dropping.
Here is an interesting “prediction” trying to answer when newspapers in their current form will become insignificant: Click. As you can see, Germany is doing pretty well compared to many other countries.
However, in general, I think most people are more likely to watch TV news because it’s less time consuming.
Hurricane Xaver hits northern Germany
UPDATE: Hurricane Xaver hit northern German late Thursday morning and its strength surpassed expectations. Water levels are expected to rise far high than initially thought, putting cities like Hamburg in danger of flooding.
Please stay safe you guys <33