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Dirty German: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" (Dirty Everyday Slang) Bilingual Edition

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Daniel Chaffey holds an MA degree in German Studies. He also taught and studied in Germany as a Fulbright Teaching Associate and bartender. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dirty Everyday Slang
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Bilingual edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569756732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756737
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am German, (and moreover 40+). As we Germans take everything very serious, here is my philological review of this important book:

Being a German (did I mention that already?) I can recommend this book without concerns to Germans to learn "Dirty (American at least) English" - seriously !
The other way round it is more tricky. You will learn much about German language without doubt, but many of the used phrases are not 100% correct or not really common or are out of a certain joke and what is meant, could be understood only, if the person knows that joke or you tell him/here the joke before..

Some examples:

"Schnitzelkind" cannot be commonly understood, you need to know the mentioned joke/explanation before.

Of course many words and phrases fit well, and are commonly known, for example "Grufti", "dicke Freunde", "quatschen", "Das ist g#il."

"K#ckvogel" can be good understood as an insult but is not a common word, it's more a word creation.

"Eiweisstorsten" for a man having muscles, is difficult to understand and not at all a common word.

"Tussistempel" for a common tattoo which girls are used to have at the back at a certain place, is a wrong word nearly nobody would understand- "#rschgeweih" is the correct one for that.

"Hol mir mal ne Flasche Bier" is not a question, but an order.

"srz" as a German phrase used in a chat as a replacement for the English "sry" (sorry), was new to me. It may be a good joke in the hacker community knowing details about German keyboards, but it is surely not commonly understood. I laughed after understanding it (after 12 minutes and 8 s or so), but others may not get it at all... ;-)

And so on...
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I have lived in Germany for 10 years and speak German fluently. This book is full of obsolete terms and badly translated expressions. Profanity and slang are very culturally specific and difficult to translate in any language. English profanity is centered around feces, procreation, and genitalia whereas German is less so. The authors seem to be unfamiliar with German idioms and are trying to make a quick buck translating English street talk literally. My German friends had not heard many of these expressions before. This book might be fine as a joke gift, but don't use
it to try and fit in or sound hip in Germany. I would like to have had a German urban dictionary that catalogs and defines current slang.

Ey Alder, isch habe schon 10 Jahre Deutschland auf den Buckel, boh glaubst Du! Diese Buch ist voll krass der Brueller und als ich in Berlin damit die Ischen klar machen wollte, war isch der Burner des Abends. Willste gangstamaessig cool rueberkommen in Germany, dann hol Dir den Schinken.
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This book is fine if you buy it as a joke, but otherwise useless. A German friend read through it and spent half of the time laughing hysterically at absurd phrases that no one would ever use, and the rest of the time *actually* cursing at the book in German because it contained so much utter nonsense. Anyone asserting that this book will help you sound like a real German is mistaken. If you can tell the difference between the few phrases that a German might actually use and the many that are complete horse***, then you don't need this book anyway. If you can't tell the difference, then reading it will do you more harm than good.
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I am an American expat living in Germany for the past 15 years. For the past 10 years, I have been married to a German woman with a rather sharp tongue. Personally, I speak German at an intermediate level. I found this book terrifically useful, accurate, and at times HILARIOUSLY FUNNY. I was happy to see that the American author does not make fun OF the Germans, rather he has fun WITH the Germans, their way of life, and the colloquial language that is spoken. His descriptions of phrases and situations are written in a vein of usually admiration, stark humor, and simply "this is just the way it is". I also liked the frequent comparisons of German phrases and ways of describing things vs. what we use in American english--this was tremendously helpful. There are many words and phrases that I have heard over the years from my sharp-tongued wife, German friends, and neighbors that finally now make more sense!

I strongly recommend this book for Americans that have already been, or are now being, exposed to the everyday world of German society.
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I regret that I did not realize more fully what the title "Dirty German" indicated. The better term, in my opinion, for much of this content is "filthy." For me, it is not worth contending with the frequent vulgarity to learn about what one might say or hear in what we used to call "polite company."
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First off, let me say this book is very dirty in language...Something I don't recommend to minors, unless you are the type to allow them to learn such words and teach them to use them in the right situation.

It covers basic informal and colloquial speech and progresses into dirty language such as "fighting words" (words that are prelude to fisticuffs), sexual terms (such as body parts, acts and paraphernalia) and even just plain insults for the sake of mean.

If you make a close-enough friend in Germany, be prepared to understand the double-entendre-loaded slang that comes with such closeness.

I recommend this to any linguist with a penchant for vulgarity and those who want to be aware when visiting Germany.

Besides, my uncle, who learns German, could do with a refresher course since the Berlin Wall fell.
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