Customer Reviews: Dirty German: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!" (Dirty Everyday Slang)
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on August 29, 2011
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...

The author is far from native tongue (as my English here, srz for that).

At the best pages, there is even cultural critizism in place ("We have been having ##x for weeks now, don't you think we should use 'Du' ").

So, you learn much about German, but if you want to use one of the phrases, I recommend asking a native German speaker before. Or at least google the word.

But, maybe, if you want to get in contact with a German girl, it is more "charming" ('Ist der süüüß!') to talk slightly broken German ? Dunno. Then this book is perfect. But don't ask her, if her t#ts were a birthday present. That advice from my side... ;-)
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on June 8, 2010
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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on August 20, 2011
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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on August 15, 2016
To be fair, I was primed with a certain set of expectations for this book because I had ready Dirty Spanish, which is the flagship of the series. The main features that I felt were lacking were: more extensive coverage of sexual and sexually suggestive terminology (there is not much in here about how to flirt or how to behave in a club) and a section on texting lingo, which was one of my favorite parts of Dirty Spanish. That said, there are features of Dirty German that are more extensive and interesting than their counterparts in Dirty Spanish: e.g. coverage of social subgroups like the goths or nerds. -Ryan Mease
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on August 7, 2016
LIke the Japanese version, this starts out with some comments about culture, manners and courtesy. How to address someone you don't know what not to ask, etc... Then it gets to the 'dirty' words and after that covers various areas like sports, food, dating... So, if you want just the 'dirty' words go elswwhere. It really is worth the price.
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on May 12, 2016
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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on May 3, 2014
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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on January 31, 2013
This book gave my daughter some great helps with slang and
every day chatter with her German friends, but some of it
was not the language we would choose to speak even in
English, and definantly would not speak to another in
German. Enough said about that. She has enjoyed
entertaining her friends, they laugh at her midwestern
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on October 31, 2014
This book goes beyond the dirty words. The phrases used in casual conversation are very helpful to learn. The language learning tools out there focus mainly on the very basics of the language. You learn how to order a meal, say please and thank you, etc. But if you want to know how to talk in "real life", like to strangers on the train, or while having a glass of wine, this book is much more helpful than the formal training I have used!
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on June 11, 2015
This book is hilarious! My boyfriend has been trying to learn German for a few months, but none of his books or MP3s taught him "dirty" words in German! This book has a huge assortment of them - swear words, words with sexual connotations, and so on. It also provides examples of how to use the words in speech along with a pronunciation guide, which is very helpful as well.
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