"Ich brauche eine Steckdose."

Translation:I need a power outlet.

October 9, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoniH80

I think I heard that "Stecker" is commonly used? Is it region dependent?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

That's the other side.

"Steckdose" is the "female" part, the socket, with two holes in it (at least in Germany); "Stecker" is the "male" part, the plug, with two prongs sticking out of it.

The "Steckdose" is on the wall, the "Stecker" at the end of a cord that is connected to your electrical device. You plug the "Stecker" into the "Steckdose".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlueLant

Can we say power plug or just plug?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

That's the wrong part.

"plug" is the "male" connector (it has bits sticking out of it), and is usually connected to the electrical device by a cable.

"Steckdose" (socket, power point, power outlet, whatever you want to call it) is the "female" connector (it has holes in it that the sticky-out bits of a plug go into), and they're usually mounted on a wall - though you might have an extension cord with a socket at the end as well, or a power strip which has several sockets next to each other.

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