The other day, we did this in our B1 German evening course and laughed a lot : )

It’s not always peace, joy and happiness. Yes, of course it’s nice when everything always runs smoothly, the weather is nice, the food tastes good, the company is nice. All this contributes to well-being and relaxation, it makes everyday life easier, it lifts the spirits. But life doesn’t always work like that. That would be totally boring. There’s the work that doesn’t want to get done, colleagues who constantly want something from you, there’s the little sister or brother who won’t leave you alone, the neighbor who complains at every little peep. The dishwasher needs to be emptied, but you’d rather sit lazily in front of the TV, the bathroom needs to be cleaned before the evening with friends can begin, mom says “Do this”, dad says “But first you have to…”. Oh, it was so much fun to practice how to react annoyed in German in our German course : )) In every language, emotions have different intonation, different stresses. So you often think that Chinese are scolding each other, although the conversation is actually neutral. Only, our EARS hear it differently, because we are used to it differently on the basis of our own language.

Geht’s noch?!

The expression “Geht’s noch?!” means something like “Are you crazy? How can you think such a thing! How can you want something like that from me?!” The emphasis here is on the “Geht’s” The voice is a little deeper and you feel a pressure in your throat. With “noch” the voice goes steeply upward to mark the question. This is how this expression gets its intensity. If you put the emphasis differently, this reproach no longer works. Try it out: Geht’s (voice lower, pressure in the throat) noch (voice steeply upward)?

Na, was wohl??

A: And, what did you say to your neighbor when he complained again? B: Na, was wohl?? That he shouldn’t react like that. That next time he should call the police and tell them that we’re too loud. He’s at the door at the slightest peep. Na, was wohl?? means something like “It’s logical, what I told him. There is nothing else, that I could have said”. I am not annoyed here because of A, but because of my neighbor. A: What are you doing? B: Na, was wohl?? My homework. Here is “Na, was wohl?? in response to A’s question. I think that A should know what I am doing and find the question superfluous. “Was” here, is replaceable by all other question words: A: Why don’t you go on vacation? B: Na, warum wohl?? Because of Corona. A: And, how is the weather in Scotland? B: Na, wie wohl?? Windy. The emphasis is on the question word “what, how, why, etc”.

Ich bin sowas wie von angefressen!

In the photo you can see a leaf that has been partially eaten (angefressen) by a caterpillar. So it’s no longer complete and doesn’t look as beautiful. When you say about yourself or another person Ich bin echt angefressen!” you say that you were annoyed about something. “My boss told me yesterday that I should work overtime starting next week because my colleague is spontaneously going on vacation for one week. Ich war echt so angefressen.The emphasis is on the prefix “an”.

 Ich krieg’ gleich ‘nen Föhn!

“Gooood, why doesn’t this sh*** program work??? Can you explain to me why I can’t click on it? Grrrr, ich krieg’ gleich ‘nen Föhn!! = I’ts driving me crazy!

Even though the photo shows the “Föhn” (hairdryer) as a device, the “Föhn” in this expression is probably not the device, but “dry wind” that blows in the valleys and mountains at changing temperatures. A “Föhn” (the device) also makes dry wind, hence the association. The emphasis is on “Föhn.”

Jemandem auf die Pelle gehen

Our neighbor is really crazy. We sit in the garden and talk, the children are playing and are a bit louder, just like children are. And EVERY TIME he comes and threatens us that he will call the police if we keep beeing so noisy.  JEDEN zweiten Tag haben wir den Typen auf der Pelle. The emphasis here is on “every other day.” If there is no temporal indication, the emphasis is on “Pelle”.

Just try it: Be really annoyed, in German.

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