https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

German swear words?

Are you interested in learning German swear words or would you rather not come across any explicit language?

I am building a free German learning website (www.lingojam.co) and we just launched a phrase pack containing German insults and cuss words that I would like to get your opinion on.

Is this useful or disgusting (Warning: Explicit language)? http://www.lingojam.co/1on1s/cursing-and-slang/basic-insults

February 5, 2015

41 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/pont

Entertaining, instructive, and the voice is hilarious! Even someone who never intends to swear might find it useful to know when they're being sworn at. The title "basic insults" gives me hope that we can look forward to "advanced insults" at some stage :-).

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

Haha, thanks. We are still trying to figure out whether people like or hate this stuff. If they hate it a lot they might need some swear words to express that :)

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

I think it's always good to have an idea that someone uses bad language. There is nothing worse than people saying something to you in a a foreign language and you can only smile because you have no idea that they are mocking you.

So yes, even if you don't actually plan to use them yourself, it's good to have a rough idea what some sentences mean.

For added fun, this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2a-pLUDekc

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

ich finde so etwas ganz furchbar!

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

Thanks, for your feedback. If most people do not like it we will not produce more "dirty language" lessons.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/thenoblesunfish

I think it's a fun thing, but not essential. As the duolingo guidelines say, perhaps its even more fun to learn these words "in the wild".

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erikablume

I'd agree, not really necessary, could be learned elsewhere, but useful. I find keeping up with slang foul language useful for understanding what is disgusting to a culture and what to say when being nice to someone bothersome does not get them to go away.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bibeaults

It is extremely useful in my opinion. My guess is this will have more practical use to me than about a third of the words in "Business 2".

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mechanigenic

I think it is a brilliant idea. No one can guarantee that we will always be in secure and welcoming environments while we are in a foreign country. In fact swearing may come in handy to scare off a punk in case we encounter one.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GregfromOZ

Sehr gut!

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

That is awesome. Have a few lingots.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/trycja_

First of all, you're doing an amazing job on the site! And, from my point of view, it's definitely useful. Even if you don't plan on using the words, being able to recognize them is always practical. Not to mention how easy it is to learn swear words in contrast to the rest of the language (or... is it just me...)

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LydiaIsoka

I needed this when I was living in Germany! When you have to adapt to a new culture there is a massive need to vent your frustrations (even if its only to yourself) and swearing often provides an excellent way to do this ;).

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

Thanks. I never looked at it that way :)

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/godonlyknows

I say go for it. I don't swear very often but I wouldn't want to stop other people from being able to and I'm sure if you ever speak to natives/watch a movie you'll learn some anyway.

I watched Top of the Lake in German a while ago and it surprised me how easily I picked up on the swearing. I now know far too many ways to insult someone or accuse them of murder in a foreign language.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

Hahaha :) Danke. Curious to hear more people on this one.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

Listen to German rap and read the translations. You'll pick up quite a bit.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

I think it's a great idea! Usually I only get those words from subtitles during movies (and I must say I usually make a point of jotting them down for possible future reference). With an adequate heads-up warning as you provide, people who don't like those words will be warned that they should look for new vocabulary elsewhere.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ewwang

wow! your site looks awesome!

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EavanM

It's useful for understanding films. I probably wouldn't personally sit down to a lesson on swears, but I do appreciate the ones I picked up from my environment. German is a super language for swearing in.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scottonevilleo

I don't like it, having lived in Turkey and Cuba and knowing some slang that some find funny and offends the hell out of other people isn't the way to make friends and enjoy speaking another language. Just my opinion..

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mechanigenic

Do you remember any Turkish swearing? :)

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scottonevilleo

I know some swearing from other friends learning it, but never use it and try to avoid it. I swear loads in English, but i am English and know the culture entirely.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EavanM

It is true that sometimes students fixate on offensive phrases, and they shouldn't. I've seen English-speaking adults become puerile when they discover "Doch!"

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/J-B-J-B

Essential listening. And fun. Like it or not, swearing seems to be a part of all(?) languages and cultures. Potentially rich, diverse and evolving - like the rest of the language. Why would I intentionally not learn part of a language and culture? And the warning is there for the censors. You ticked all the boxes SuperDH. (ps I loved pont's comment)

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/B3tt3r_than_u

new on this site, seems ok.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kieferg99

This is hilarious! Good job!

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Aristokrata

Ich finde das ziemlich lustig! Praktisch haha!

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

I'd say yes, as an opt-in. Don't make it necessary to advance on the tree, though.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/5betshove

Why is"Wer zuletzt lacht lacht am besten" in this list? it isn't really an insult

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

You are right. We were gradually taking out the really mean stuff to a point where not all phrases are insults anymore ;) The phrase could be used in a heated argument, though.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool

Haha, dass hier ist sehr witzig! Hat mich vieler SpaƟ gemacht. Bitte nehmen Sie ein Lingot.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bricejohnson2003

cool, I am favoring this.

February 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pobrecito13

I am taking a break from German at the moment, but I saved the page for later reference. I personally think it is important to learn swear words/slag. I had a class the other day, and this is a professional program, and one of the first things we did was make a list, as a class, on the blackboard of slang terms, under the proper medical terms for the male and female reproductive systems. There were quite a few I was not aware of, and some really funny ones, as well, but it is something necessary to know. Regional variations regarding swear words are also important, which probably isn't as dramatic in German as it is in Spanish, but some common words in one place can be highly offensive in another.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth528513

It seems like that should be a purchasable bonus skill here. Just so you know what they are saying, of course. ;-)

April 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaOsban

Honestly, my main reason for wanting to know German swearwords wouldn't be for any practical reason like knowing when I'm being sworn at, but so that when I mess up during my German lesson I can curse under my breath lol.

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/whukriede

No sorry, I am not interested. But nice that you asked.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ketutsf

I found the voice so grating that I had to leave the site.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Von99Luftballons

Translations to English would be helpful.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDH

There are translations - just hover over the text. You can select the translation language in the bottom left.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JacksonRus6

maybe but, there are littler children learning German and do you want to be the cause of a little 4 year old kid saying kuss meinein arsch to his/her parents?

March 20, 2017
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