I am learning German for a boy, and it’s not exactly the world’s most romantic language. All the romantic words I keep looking up kind of sound like English swearwords or industrial tools:

Lovesick – Liebeskummer
Girlfriend – Freundin
Sweetheart – Schatz

With the exception of my favourites:
Darling – Liebling
Honeymoon – Flitterwochen

In fact when I last saw him, he told me that even back home,  for most romantic conversations he’ll switch from Deutsch to French or Italian or even English! So I will stick to the functional stuff.

If anyone wants to join me in this, I super much recommend My Daily Phrase German‘s podcasts. I listen to them on the way to work, over and over, mumbling my new words as discretely as possible into my collar.


January 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized.


  1. S replied:

    And what boy is this Miss L??? Me thinks we are looooooooooong over due for an update… coffee in Oslo sometime? ps, you should download byki’s programme for German. I’ve got the Deluxe edition for Norsk… it’s fabulous! http://www.byki.com

    ex u

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    Ah, I owe you an email on this…

    And thanks for the link! I remembered you found a really good site and couldn’t for the life of me remember its name.


  3. Jessica replied:

    no it’s not very romantic, i watched Inglorius Basterds and it sounded like letter vomit. But it’s a fascinating language!

  4. swingsandskateboards replied:

    Jessica – Ha, I know! There’s no charming way to say: “I think of you every time I watch a WWII movie… when the bad guys start talking.” Eep!

    Thanks for the comment!

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