Publish Date: September 15, 2017      Author: Tim Wenger

Tell someone you love them today, because life is short. But shout it at them in German, because life is also terrifying and confusing: "Ich liebe dich!"

Over the course of your life, you’ll likely encounter a few opinion-based statements that are passed off as fact in mainstream society. ‘The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock bands of all time,’ for instance, is a statement that is simply hard to argue even for those who aren’t fans of the band.

Another such statement is this: The German language is perfect for cursing. For many English speakers, regular German vocabulary almost sounds like cursing anyway. There’s just something about the German language – it has a bit of an aggressive tone to it even with a voice that is only raised slightly.

This article takes a look at basic German curse words and how they translate into English. Then, we’ll cover some handy language learning techniques to help you memorize the words and implement them the next time you need to scare the shit out of someone.

Here we go!

How to curse in German: The basics

Asshole – Arschloch

Shit – Scheisse

Fuck – ScheißeDamn – Verdammt

Hurensohn! – Son of a Bitch

Fick dich – Fuck you

Fotze – Cunt

Miststück – Bitch

Verpiss dich! – Piss off

Küss meinen Arsch – Kiss my ass

How to curse in German: Visual elements make a huge difference

A quick YouTube search for German curse words brings up a number of video results for both pronunciation and written forms of bad German words. It is important to remember that viewing and reviewing the words will make you more likely to remember them.

This video on how to curse in German breaks it down quite well:

How to curse in German: Use cue cards

Cue cards are a great technique to use for general language learning. Add swear words, and the process gets that much more enjoyable. Adding visual cues to the bad German words can help you learn them faster. Use white flash cards to memorize your vocabulary words.

Write the curse words on a cue card, with the English translation on the back side. This is a fun game to practice with friends. The cue cards also make a great and hilarious surprise to leave on a friend’s car dashboard or slip into their laptop when they aren’t looking.

How often do German speakers swear?

About the same amount as the average English speaker. German curse words are used to express frustration, cause offense when needed, and be edgy. Most who speak German won’t be shy about cursing right back at you – even if it’s in a friendly manner.

Putting It All Together

While studying German curse words, go over each term, repeating it out loud. If you don’t remember what the vocabulary means, look on the back of your cue card to see the English translation. Review the pronunciation by watching the YouTube video, clicking on the pronunciation in Google Translate or listening to online audio clips. After a few repetitions, while looking through the cards, you’ll remember the vocabulary through both the audio and visual associations. Continue repeating the vocabulary out loud until you memorize it.

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As we noted earlier repetition is key to success. Use your key cards, practice with a friend, or better yet – do some Skyping with a fluent German speaker. You two can swear at each other like one of you just punched the other’s son square in the face. Bet you never thought learning a new language could be so much fun!

The moral of the story is to just do it. Learn the words. Use the words. Then, expand your German vocabulary to cover basic daily interactions and conversations. Practice every day and we promise – you’ll see some fucking results.

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