3 More Words Germans Think Are English

I’ve already spoken about six English words that have made their way into the German language, but take on a completely different meaning.

Today I’d like to look at three more: messie, showmaster and city.

A desk or a room might be ‘messy’. Yes, even a person might be ‘messy’. But someone who can’t help but collect things is a ‘hoarder‘—perhaps even a ‘compulsive hoarder‘.

Germans call the famous Dutch entertainer Rudi Carrell a ‘Showmaster’. In English that would be a ‘presenter‘ or a ‘TV host‘.

A German ‘Talkmaster’ is a ‘talk show host’ and a German ‘Quizmaster’ is the ‘host of a quiz show’.

I’ve often heard people say they’re going into the ‘City’, meaning they’re going into the central district. In English we have towns (like Heinsberg, Gummersbach, Goslar) and cities (like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg), and town and city ‘centres‘.

Yes, we native speakers of English who have been living in Germany for a long time will probably understand you (we might even be making the same mistakes!). But other native speakers might be confused.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like…

How You Wake Up Each Day

How You Wake Up Each Day

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in...

Telling the Time

Telling the Time

If I organised a meeting with you, I'd say something like, "Let's meet at 3pm" or "Let's meet at 3 o'clock". I would...

Become an Inspiration

Become an Inspiration

"Let your life mean something. Become an inspiration to others so that they may try to do more and to become more than...