by Berlino Schule*
German is not that easy as a language: you need a huge effort and many years to start speaking it fluently. One of the most difficult things is definitely its rich vocabulary. Nonetheless, there are so many little words – you should use in specific situations – that make you happy once you are finally able to use them.
Doch is a conjunction which has the same meaning as aber (that is but in English). As an emphatic article, doch often stresses a contrast or a certainty, as a single word it is the affirmative answer to a negative question (Didn’t you go to the cinema yesterday? … Doch!). But you should remind that even when you speak good German, you feel like answering ja instead of doch sometimes.
Genau is one of the first German words you learn at school, and it means exactly. German people always use it to show attention or to confirm what the interlocutor is saying.
Achso is used to show astonishment or surprise because something, you misunderstood before, is now clear to you. It is like ah, oh or I see. For exemple: Is it not Tim the colleague with whom you argued yesterday?! Achso!
Krass is an adjective used to take something to extremes in either a positive or a negative connotation. It is taking the place of cool and geil recently: a party at Berghain can be krass as well as a visit to a concentration camp! You won’t stop using it. Es war richtig krass!
Germans like planning: it is a matter-of-fact. However, they found a way to do things by chance (it is weird, I know!), and for this purpose they usually say spontan. So, it can happen that you will be invited for dinner by some German friends and they will tell you: We can decide “spontan” what to do after!
Life is too short to learn German, but it is not impossible. So why don’t you come over to our school, Berlino Schule, and take the first steps with us?
*Berlino Schule is a language school known for the quality his German language courses in Berlin. It provides intensive, evening and private courses as well as Skype classes! It is based in Gryphiusstrasse 23, Friedrichshain-Berlin. For more info send an email to: info@berlinoschule .
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