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Valentine’s Day is coming up and so I have all the vocabulary you need to get you through the day.
Let’s start off with which Geschenke (presents) to buy:
Die Schokolade Chocolate
Das Lebkuchen Herz Gingerbread heart (they also have pet names written on them)
Der Blumenstrauss A bunch of flowers
Die Rosen Roses
Die Tulpen Tulips
Die (Valentins)karte Valentines day card
Der Schmuck Jewellery
Die Halskette Necklace
Das Armband Bracelet
Der Ring Ring
Der Verlobungsring Engagement ring
Das Parfüm Perfume
Here are some typical German Kosenamen (pet names):
Mausi Maus translates to Mouse, so this would literally translate to “Mousey” – although in English it doesn’t sound so nice in Germany it’s a very common and affectionate name!
Schnucki This comes from the word Schnuckelig which means cute/cosy.
Pupsi No real translation for this one!
Some Ideen (ideas) of what to do on the day:
Das Abendessen Dinner
Das Picknick Picnic (…maybe a bit cold for February)
Das Kino Cinema
Der Urlaub Holiday
Der Wellnesstag Spa day
If Valentinstag goes well then perhaps you have a new boyfriend/girlfriend! The German word for boyfriend/girlfriend in German is Freund/Freundin, which can easily get mixed up with friend (also Freund/Freundin). I always mixed these two words up and although I wanted to say I was meeting a friend, I always ended up saying I was meeting my boyfriend by accident. Here’s how to say it correctly:
“Mein Freund” “my boyfriend”
“Meine Freundin” “my girlfriend”
“Ich treffe mich mit meinem Freund” “I am meeting up with my boyfriend”
“Ein Freund” “a friend”
“Ich treffe mich mit einem Freund von mir” “I am meeting up with a friend”
“Ich treffe mich mit Freunden” “I am meeting up with freinds”
So the lesson is: If you want to say boy/girlfriend you say „Mein Freund/Freundin”, and if you want to say a friend then you say “mit einem Freund/Freundin von mir”. There are of course Ausnahme (exceptions) just to make it more confusing, for example you could say “Meine Freundin” and just mean “Best friend”, but if you stick with the sentences above you should always say what you mean!
To end with I have a little German Gedicht (poem), see if you understand it:
Du bist mein Licht
Wäre ich die Sonne, du das Licht
und es gäbe meine Liebste nicht,
dann wäre nur Finsternis um mich,
denn ohne Licht scheint auch die Sonne nicht.
You can find the poem here and it is written by Tom H. Here’s my English translation of it:
You are my Light
If I was the sun, and you the light
And if you were not my love,
Then the darkness would surround me,
Because without light the sun does not shine.