milee13's picture

So I learned how to say homosexual in german, other than homosexueller. We're learning the words for weather and the only difference between muggy and a slang term for gay is this:ü
so muggy is schwül and gay is schwul. I thought it was funny but the rest of my classmates got all quiet when the Frau told us that....
I love learning languages...they're so amusing.


flashpoint's picture

I have such trouble distingui

I have such trouble distinguishing the u and ü sounds in German sometimes, so I tend to avoid using the word so I don't end up sounding like I'm saying something like "It's so gay outside." There's another word that means about the same and is less likely to get mixed up like that: feucht (humid).

Yeah, learning languages is fun - it's almost as much fun just to see how the people in the class act. :)

Paladin's picture

Yeah, and "geh" (pronunced "g

Yeah, and "geh" (pronunced "gay") is the imperative for the word go.

Geh gerardeaus und dann nimm die erste Strasse am Rechts vor dem Ampel. Da wohne ich in meinen enge Lederhosen. Du kannst mich überall ausser an meine Mund küssen.

Don't take it literally or personally, if you can figure out what I'm saying.

Actually, German's cool because of the ambiguity of the word Freund.


flashpoint's picture

Actually, Freund isn't necess

Actually, Freund isn't necessarily so ambiguous because it tends to be reserved for closer friends, unlike in English, where the word friend can be used with just about anyone you know - even someone you just met.

It does make me wonder if such ambiguity may result in a bit less monogamy prior to being engaged/married. Then again, the ambiguity might be nice because you wouldn't have to worry about when to start calling a person your boy/girlfriend.


Paladin's picture


To the best of my knowledge, you'd say "Ich gehe mit meinen Freunden in die Stadt" (I go to town with my friends), regardless of how close they are. But you might be right.

I think it's too bad that we don't have a word like Freund in English as a transition word.