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Query about a phrase

Can someone please help me understand the term 'is gei'. A german friend of mine was a little irritated recently and said this. Ive tried searching, to no avail. Thanks in advance.

May 24, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuz408123

hi there!! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabineborn2

I am a German and I have never heard or read that before.where does your friend live? may be it is a dialect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuz408123

Thanks for the reply. I just know South Germany. Dont really know much about this friend to be honest, we just talk often on an online forum. Usually communicate with Google Translate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabineborn2

south germany explains it :-)I think it is a dialect. Even for a German from the north it is sometimes hard to understand what they are saying :-D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

So the "fishheads" don't have dialects? Amazing news ;-)

I guess it should be something along the lines of "is(t) geil" - "it's great", but in a somewhat sarcastic way. Did your friend say it or write it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabineborn2

Halloooo ;-) uns kann man aber immer verstehen. Ich habe eben tatsächlich einen Deutsch/Bayerisch Übersetzer gefunden hehe


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

nope plattdeutsch for example is not understandable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuz408123

Hello there! He wrote it. You are correct, it may have been sarcasm; there was a heated discussion on the forum. But not 'geil', just 'gei'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

must be bavarian. i am from southern germany (Baden-Württenberg) and i have never heard this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuz408123

Lol. Thanks so much for taking the time anyway. Take care :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabineborn2

you're welcome.

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