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
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
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...)
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.
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.
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.
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)