Advent Calendar 23 – The Chosen One

Written By: Emanuel Updated: December 23, 2023

 

“The Chosen One”

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Hello everyone,

welcome to the day number 23 of the Advent Calendar, and behind today’s door is the winner of the readers’ choice poll from a couple of days ago and that is… drumroll… another serving of

Hyper Turbo Colloquial Gems

And we’ll start right with the first one that actually looks quite familiar

etwas fühlen

fühlen is of course to feel and the colloquial use may well be modeled after the English colloquial use of to feel:

  • “I don’t want to study.”
    “I feel you, bro.”

Espcially younger Germans have started to say pretty much the same, but in German.

  • “Ich will nicht lernen.”
    “Ich fühl dich, bro.”
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

However, I keep hearing it more and more often in a slightly different phrasing, where people say that they “feel” something in the sense of they like it or approve it.

  • “Pizza und Bier zum Abendessen?”
    “Fühl ich!”
  • Pizza and beer for dinner?”
    “Sounds great.”
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

     

Not sure how “I feel it.” would sound in English here, but anyway, let’s do a couple more examples.

  • Rausgehen fühl ich bei dem Regen überhaupt nicht.
  • I don’t “like the idea” of going outside at all, in this weather.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

  •  “Ich wollte gerne noch über mein Gehalt reden.”
    “Oh, das fühl ich grad so gar nicht, sorry.”
  • “I also wanted to talk about my salary.”
    “Oh, I really don’t ‘feel’ it right now, sorry.”
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

Well, the second one is a not really something any manager would actually say. This use of fühlen is just too slangy and colloquial and it does sound fairly “young”. But if you can pull it of with some German friends at the right moment, they’ll be really surprised.

And while this one was one that’s kind of an import from English, the next one is 100% homemade.

bocken

If you’re now like “Wait, does that have something to do with der Bock?” then you’re right on the money :).
Der Bock is a male goat, but also REALLY common German colloquial alternative for Lust in the sense of “a desire or want to do something”.

  • Ich hab Bock, einen Film zu gucken.
  • I really feel like watching a movie.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

There’s also the phrase Bock machen, which is a colloquial option for Spaß machen and basically means that something is really enjoyable.

  • Dieses Spiel macht voll Bock.
  • This game is a lot of fun.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

And this idea has now been condensed into one single word – the verb bocken. And I feel like it’s on the rise :).

  • Bei diesem Regen joggen bockt gar nicht.
  • Going for a run in this rain sucks/ is no fun at all.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

  • Deutsch zu lernen bockt mega.
  • Learning German is REALLY fun.
  • Practice pronunciation – click once to start recording and again to stop

Actually, I think it pretty much always comes with either gar nicht or an intensifier like voll or mega. And I’m not sure in how far it’s actually used in the past tense, but in present tense, it’s gaining popularity at least in some regions of Germany.

It is HIGHLY colloquial but if you want to shock or impress your friends or the family of your German loved one at Christmas dinner, it’s a nice one to try out, even if just for shits and giggles.

Like last time, here’s a sentence for you to try in the comments.

Christmas in Germany is a lot of fun.

And that’s it for today.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve heard either one of these already and if you have any questions about them. Otherwise, have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for door number twenty four :)

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