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Scheisse! The Real German You Were Never Taught in School
Scheisse! The Real German You Were Never Taught in School
by Gertrude Besserwisser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.90
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zum Lesen mit'm Duden, June 24, 1999
This book provides some useful words and expressions that you certainly won't learn in American high schools or colleges. It is probably the best of its kind available for German (the Wicked series books are filled with ridiculous made-up sayings that no native speaker really uses). That said, it really doesn't compare with the Merde books in French, of which this is the German equivalent. For instance, the sentences given as examples are not witty and they are also loosely translated into English, which might give the right "feel" but is not the best for someone trying to learn the intricacies of their usage. Also, the German doesn't get as vulgar as the French (whether this is because the German language is more civilized or this book less complete I hesitate to answer). One understandable problem is that there are tons of different dialects and regional differences in German so that a general unified version of German slang is sure to lack some substance. Consider also the great wealth of Viennese slang (Wienerisch, eh kloar!) or the different Swiss expressions which are of necessity left out. Over all this is a pretty decent book for those who want to learn some "low German" or just try out some choice words on their German teacher!

Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught at School (Sexy Slang Series)
Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught at School (Sexy Slang Series)
by Geneviève
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.76
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tres utile!, April 23, 1999
This book is an excellent source of words and expressions, of varying degrees of vulgarity, that are used all the time by french speakers. I used it often during the first of my two years in France. Its real value is not for those in French 101 but for those who already speak decent french and want to learn the expressions used every day by the young and some of the french media (magazines, movies etc). Translated literally many of these words might seem offensive (e.g., connard, encule, putain), yet as the book points out, many times these are the phrases you hear the most in the metro or cafes of France. It is important to realize that even though these words do not carry the same force as their English translations, one must still pay attention to the social context in order to aviod disrespectful "faux pas"!

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