How to speak English while speaking in German
Welcome to ‘The Ultimate Denglish Guide’. The how-to-guide on using English words when speaking German, when speaking Denglisch, Denglish or Germish. The guide is 6 parts long in which I will show you how the Germans use English words and corporate them into German. We will also talk about whether that’s a good thing or not.
We will practise to make English words German ourselves, talk about the pitfalls of Denglish and clarify the pronunciation of English words corporated into the German language. Let’s go.
Why do Germans do Germans use Denglish?
Yes, Germans do it all the time, myself included. We use English words when speaking in German. Here is why:
- Germans love making up new words. It’s like a sport. We just repurpose words by joining them together in one new (mostly never ending) word.
- Germans love sounding sophisticated. Since Germans love being or at least sounding educated, speaking Denglish adds a dash of sophistication to the speech as the speaker must be familiar with a foreign language.
- Germans love being precise. Germans love making up new words, because it enables them to describe even an entire situation in just one word. It’s all about expressing yourself as precisely as possible. And I guess there won’t be a more precise word than the actual word, the English word. For example the German word der Computer. Since at least the first mass computers and personal computers have emerged out of the English speaking world, Germans just call it ‘der Computer’ too. Or ‘google for the cheapest flights to the Canaries.
Is it important for language learners?
Since Denglish and Denglisch words are part of the German language, as a German learner you should at least be aware of the fact it exists. You should have heard of it, maybe even know how it all works and when it works (and when it doesn’t). Learn to play with German as the Germans do.
The Ultimate Denglish Guide
How to speak English while speaking German
Part 1: What is Denglisch and what do I need it for?
Part 2: How to make English nouns German (der Computer, der Screen)
Part 3: How to make English verbs German (auf Facebook getaggt)
Part 4: The English apostrophe in German (Katrin’s Katze)
Part 5: Is Denglisch ever appropriate?
All right. Don’t waste any more time and go find out about Denglish and Denglisch.