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German Vocabulary for Technology Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Language

Hello and welcome to another post! I wasn’t able to write a post a couple of weeks ago as my laptop was broken, which gave me the idea to write this post about technology. Here is a list of important vocabulary and useful sentences when speaking about technology.


Der Fernseher                                   the TV

Das Handy                                        the mobile phone

Das Telefon                                       the phone

Der Laptop                                       the laptop

Der Computer                                the computer

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Der Bildschirm                                  the screen

Die Tastatur                                       the keyboard

Die Maus                                             the mouse

Der Ton                                                the sound

Das Netz                                              the network

Verbunden                                         connected

Das WLAN                                           the Wifi

Das Internet                                       the internet

Kaputt                                                  broken

Defekt                                                  defect

Langsam                                              slow

Reparieren                                         to repair

Ausschalten                                       to turn off

Anschalten                                         to turn on

Der Bildschirm                                  the screen

Die Tastatur                                       the keyboard

Die Maus                                             the mouse

Der Ton                                                the sound


Helpful sentences:

Mein Laptop ist kaputt                                                  my laptop is broken

Der Bildschirm ist defekt                                             the screen is defect

Die Tastatur reagiert langsam                                    the keyboard reacts slowly

Mein Handy schaltet sich von alleine aus            My mobile phone turns off by itself

Kann man es reparieren?                                             Can one repair it?

Wie lange dauert es?                                                    How long will it take?

Wie viel kostet es?                                                         How much does it cost?

Meine Fernseher hat keinen Ton                             My TV has no sound


To end the post I’ll explain to you what’s wrong with my laptop, if you manage to translate it write it in the comments below!!

Wenn ich meinen Laptop anschalte bleibt er schwarz. Der verbindung zwischen Laptop und Bildschirm ist defekt aber wenn ich den Laptop mit dem Fernseher verbinde kann ich den Bildschirm auf den Fernseher sehen!

Thanks for reading,


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Hello I'm Larissa. I live in Germany and I am half German and half English. I love sharing my passion for Germany with you through my posts! Apart from writing posts I teach fitness classes in Munich.


  1. Gerry:

    Thanks for a very helpful article. I have a question though- I think I might have seen “einschalten” used more often than “anschalten”. Is there a reason to use one rather than the other?

    • Larissa:

      @Gerry Hi Gerry,

      Thanks for bringing up an interesting point! As far as I know they both mean the same thing and you can say both versions, perhaps some regions of Germany say one more than the other which is why you’ve seen “einschalten” more often?

      I hope you enjoyed the post!

  2. Clint Swift:

    Hi, Larissa. Good posts. Pls keep them coming. I’d like to double-check the gender of “Fernseher.” I would expect a noun made from a verb to be masculine. And the dictionary I use seems to regard “Fernseher” as masculine. But as a native speaker, you are equally authoritative. Please just verify that I should use Fernseher as feminine. Thanks.

    • Larissa:

      @Clint Swift Hi Clint,

      Thanks for the lovely comment, you’re completely right it is masculine so thank you for pointing out my typo! I’ve updated the post 🙂


  3. Nite:

    Wenn ich meinen Laptop anschalte bleibt . . .

    When I turn my laptop on it remains black. The connection between the laptop and the screen is defective, but when I connect my laptop to the TV I can see the computer screen on the TV.