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Ami

Saw this word on a Jodel. I googled it and it said that it means American. Is this like a word Germans use to call Americans? Is it in any way impolite?

February 15, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MortiBiRD

No insult, but an informal word. Its neither negative nor positive.

Many names get abbreviated by using the "beginning" of the word and adding an i sound at the end. Thats what basically happend with the word Amerikaner/in.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Chrina4

it's a slightly degrading/mocking word for americans, but I think it can also be neutral. maybe like "gringo" in spanish.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Keith375356

This is my consistent with my experience. My wife and I were "greeted" by a handful of German locals upon coming out of a beer hall in Munich. They made the connection between us being Amis and how that reminded them of Ants (Ameisen). I don't think they meant disrespect, but only they know for sure.

February 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

It's not polite but it's also not an insult.

February 15, 2018
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