Learning from other people’s mistakes — Spass is German for funny

Last week I wrote about the German “S-word“. I’ve received some feedback about this, which is great. One thing I want to really make clear is that swearing is not deemed as proper in many situations – easy way of making sure you don’t offend someone is to ask yourself, “Would I say shit or f*#k here in an English context?” If the answer is “no” then don’t do it in German. That said, knowing swear words and phrases is important in any language, because you are sure to encounter them in everyday life.

We’ve all heard the saying “There’s a lot you can learn from your mistakes.” There is a great deal of truth in that. One of the many great things about German is that there are a lot of things you can learn from the English mistakes German speakers make. When you here: “We see us tomorrow.” you know that too see someone in German is reflexive and “Make my homeworks” tells us that in German they machen their homework and not tun it as well as they have more homework than English speakers, which is why they have a plural form of it.

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