Ever wanted to say “I am bored” in German and ended up saying Ich bin langweilig (I am boring) by accident? This post will help you express yourself clearly without ending up telling people you’re boring!
In English it’s pretty easy if we want to express ourselves, we just say “I am …” for everything, however in German there are different ways of expressing yourself:
Ich bin I am
Mir ist (short version from Es ist mir) It is …… to me
Here are examples of when to say Ich bin:
Ich bin müde I am tired
Ich bin grantig I am grumpy
Ich bin glücklich I am happy
Ich bin traurig I am sad
Ich bin böse I am angry
And some examples of when to say Mir ist:
Mir ist langweilig I am bored (Literal translation: It is boring to me)
Mir ist heiss I am hot (Literal translation: It is hot to me)
Mir ist kalt I am cold (Literal translation: It is cold to me)
You could say that Ich bin is used to express which stimmung (mood) you are in, and Mir ist is used to express how you are physically feeling.
Here are some meanings if you use Mir ist and Ich bin the wrong way round:
Ich bin heiss I am hot – however this doesn’t mean the temperature, instead you are saying you are attractive.
Ich bin langweilig I am boring
Ich bin kalt I am cold (emotionally)
There is also another word for when you are thirsty, hungry etc and that is Ich habe. Let’s see some examples:
Ich habe durst I have thirst
Ich habe hunger I have hunger
Ich habe schmerz I have pain
Ich habe Ruckenschmerz I have back pain
Ich habe Kopfschmerz/weh I have a headache
Ich habe Bauchweh I have a tummyache
And the last words to help you is saying „I feel“ – Ich fühle mich:
Ich fühle mich Krank I feel ill
Ich fühle mich einsam I feel lonely
Ich fühle mich wohl I feel comfortable
Ich fühle mich toll I feel great
When I was a child I often got confused between English and German, and one time I said in English “By the way, I’m boring!” but really I just wanted to point out to my family that I was bored (they still laugh at me for this)! Hopefully you can use these examples to help express yourself exactly the way you want. If you know any more examples then feel free to leave a comment below!