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wohnen und leben

what is the difference between wohnen and leben?

July 24, 2012



Their is a famous advertising slogan almost every German knows: IKEA- Wohnst du noch oder lebst du schon? bel99 has given an good example for it


Think of it as the difference between "to live" and "to stay at". The second is considered incorrect English by purists, in terms of where one lives, but it fills a gap in the language that German corrects by having 2 separate verbs.

Leben - I live in the moment

Wohnen - I live in the red house


I suppose wohnen means more to dwell like living at a house, where Leben means more to exist or have life.

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