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Expressing your opinions in German Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Language

As soon as you are engaged in interpersonal communicative situation, e.g. in face-to-face situations or any form of written exchange, you will recognize that it is more or less necessary to define your position at some time. In other words, sooner or later your interlocutor would ask you about your opinion on a particular topic, for example, you should tell how the food tastes, whether you liked a movie, what you think of the government in your country, etc. In order to not remain speechless when it is your time to take the floor there are various expressions in German that might help you to master those communicative situations.





Mir geht es ähnlich. Meer geyt es ähn-liH. I feel similarly.
Ich habe keine Ahnung. iH hA-buh kay-nuh ah-noong. I have no idea.
Bestimmt! buh-shtimt Certainly!
Das ist mir egal. dAs ist meeR ey-gahl . That’s all the same to me.
Das macht nichts. dAs maHt niHts . It doesn’t matter.
Genau! guh-nou Exactly!
Ich weiβ nicht. iH vays niHt. I don’t know.
Natürlich! nah-tüR-liH Of course!
Offensichtlich! / Klar! / Einleuchtend! of-en-siHt-liH /klAR / ayn-loyH-tend Obviously!
ohne Zweifel / zweifellos / Du hast Recht / Sie haben Recht oh-nuh tsvay-fuhl / tsvay-fuhl-lohs /dew hAst ReHt / zee hah-buhn ReHt without a doubt / doubtless / You are right.
Selbstverständlich! selbst-feR-shtänt-liH Self-evident! (Of course!)
Das ist falsch. dAs ist fAlsh That is wrong.
Das ist viel besser. dAs ist feel be-suhR That’s much better.
Das ist völlig richtig. dAs ist fö-liH riH-giH That’s entirely right.
Das finde ich gut/schlecht. dAs fin-duh iH gewt/shleHt That’s good/bad.
Das ist eine gute/ schlechte Idee. dAs ist ay-nuh gew-tuh/shleH-tuh ee-dey That’s a good/bad idea.
Keine Ursache! kay-nuh ooR-zah-CHuh No need! (No problem!)


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About the Author: Sandra Rösner

Hello everybody! I studied English and American Studies, Communication Science, and Political Science at the University of Greifswald. Since I have been learning English as a second language myself for almost 20 years now I know how difficult it is to learn a language other than your native one. Thus, I am always willing to keep my explanations about German grammar comprehensible and short. Further, I am inclined to encourage you to speak German in every situation. Regards, Sandra