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Expressions And Fillers In The German Language

In my lessons, I recently came across some students who have problems with “ob, wie, da und wenn”. That inspired me to write a little article about it.

The German language has its own and many expressions and fillers. In German, words that are called particles or fillers are called “Wörter”. However, these words could get you really confused since each word is entirely different from the other. But the real tricky part here is that some of the Wörter could serve too many purposes in different ways and situations.

These words are: aber, auch, denn, doch, halt, mal, nur, schon and ja

Take, for example, the word “schon”. It could have a whole lot of different meanings at one point (depending on the use of the word in a sentence) and then it could mean nothing at all at other times. This is the reason why learning German has to be all about the basics and once you’ve already mastered them, you’re on your own. However, you choose to use the German language.

But for now, the German language could still be a huge maze for you. As an example of what we were discussing earlier, the German word “schon” could mean many things such as already, again, just, don’t worry or alright, ever, etc. There are cases when there’s no need to translate the word “schon” into English. This is true with other “Wörter” of the German language because there are cases when a German word just doesn’t need to be translated to English or it’s found that it is completely irrelevant to even include the word in the English translation.

There’s also the thing with the English-German dictionary about particles or fillers. Dictionaries just don’t have a way of translating these words because of their idiomatic appeal, but then again, if you know the German language very well, you’d know how to use these words in the correct timing.

Some German filler almost have the same equivalent with the English “you know” expression. So clueing you in further, these German “Wörter” can be said correctly at the right time. Try to master the functions of these fillers and you’ll sound like a natural German speaker in no time.

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