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What They Didn't Teach You in German Class

Slang Phrases for the Cafe, Club, Bar, Bedroom, Ball Game and More

Drinking a Hefeweizen at a Biergarten...
Dancing at Berlin’s hottest club...
Cheering for the local soccer team at the Stadion...


Drop the textbook formality and chat with the locals in Germany’s everyday language.

• What’s up? Wie geht’s?
• He/She is a real hottie. Er/Sie ist eine ganz heiße Nummer.
• What’s on tap? Was gibt’s vom Fass?
• I ordered the Currywurst. Ich bin den Currywurst.
• Do you wanna cuddle? Willst Du kuscheln?
• Gooooooal! Toooooor!

Daniel Chaffey is a writer, scholar, educator and eternal student of all things German. He has lived and worked in Germany for much of the last 12 years as a student, Fulbright Teaching Associate, translator and bartender, where he perfected his high German skills and learned to converse like a German sailor. He holds an MA in German Studies and a teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. He currently teaches German in Northern California where he continues to work on other projects, including a lexicon of soldier slang from the Second World War.