Learn German podcast PG25 - 2Cents

This week you will learn common German phrases useful for asking or expressing opinions in German. Although this lesson is less focused on German colloquial language and German slang, we felt it important that you feel confident in giving your 2 cents in German (deinen Senf dazu geben).

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Ich bin fest davon überzeugt =
I am firmly convinced








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PG25 Transcript – Putting in your 2c worth

As in English, there are loads of ways to ask someone for their opinion. If Lisa wanted to know my feelings about something, she might ask: “Was ist deine Meinung dazu?” oder “Was ist deine Ansicht?” oder “Was denkst du darüber?“ oder “Was hältst du davon?“

She could also refer directly to the issue or problem: “Was sagst du zum Treibhausgasproblem?” oder “Was sagst du zum Problem der Umweltverschmutzung?”

Another good way of asking essentially the same thing is: “Welche Einstellung hast du zum neuen Rauchergesetz” oder “ Was ist deine Einstellung zum Thema Abtreibung?”

This means, “What is your attitude towards…” or “What is your position on…” this is perfect for asking folks what they think about the smoking ban in Germany for example or heavily debated issues like abortion.

As with asking opinions, there are also tonnes of ways to express your opinions so you can chop and change according to your mood, inclination and preference. For example, you could say, “Meiner Meinung nach…”, “Ich bin der Meinung / Ansicht, dass…” or if you want to sound really with it you could use “Nach meiner Einschätzung…”. Of course the following will also do the trick nicely: “Ich finde…”, “Ich meine…” oder “Ich denke…”.

German politicians are as talented as any at avoiding the question but like most good politicians, they also love giving their opinions and are big fans of phrases like: “im Grunde”, “im Grunde genommen”, “grundsätzlich” und “im Prinzip” oder “prinzipiell”, which really mean nothing more than “basically” or “in principle”.

Other expressions that they tend to like are “in der Regel” (as a rule) oder “im Allgemeinen” (in general). When I first arrived in Germany I was always impressed to hear how often old Gerhard Schröder was firmly convinced about party policy. He would always say: “Ich bin fest davon überzeugt“. If you’ve watched the German news, I’m sure you’ve heard all these words really often. In fact ,“Ich bin fest davon überzeugt!“

While you do want to be as articulate and eloquent as a politician, you don’t want to ramble on like one. I expect you’ll want to get to the point and down to business so memorize these expressions: „kurz gesagt“, „kurz und gut“ und „kurzum“ which mean, „in brief“ and „in a nutshell“.

Lastly, there will be times when you want to agree with someone’s opinion like when Lisa says: „Tyler ich finde man sollte Sonntags eigentlich nicht arbeiten.“ I could agree by saying: „Babe, das sehe ich ganz genauso“ or „Ich bin da ganz deiner Meinung....“

Nein, eigentlich finde ich es echt gut, dass wir heute das Thema Meinung hatten, denn es ist für jeden von uns wichtig, sich im Laufe der Zeit seine eigene Meinung zu bilden. Und wenn es einem nötig erscheint sollte man diese auch vertreten und laut äußern. ABER aufgepasst: Nicht immer ist es sinnvoll zu Allem seinen Senf dazu zu geben! Manchmal kann es auch sinnvoll sein zu schweigen!

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Translation of German phrases and theme expressions.

What is your opinion? What do you think about it? Was ist deine Meinung (dazu)?; Was ist deine Ansicht?; Was denkst du darüber? Was hältst du davon?
What do you think about the issue of...? Was sagst du zum Problem der...?
What’s your position on…? What is you attitude towards…? Welche Einstellung hast du zu…?
In my opinion; I’m of the opinion that…; I take the view that… Meiner Meinung nach… ; Ich bin der Meinung / Ansicht, dass…
As far as I can tell Nach meiner Einschätzung; Meiner Einschätzung nach…
I find; I think Ich finde; ich meine; ich denke
basically; in principle im Grunde; im Grunde genommen; grundsätzlich; im Prinzip; prinzipiell
as a rule in der Regel
in general im Allgemeinen
I am firmly convinced Ich bin fest davon überzeugt
in summary; in brief; getting to the point; short and sweet, in a nutshell zusammengefasst; kurz gesagt; kurzum; kurz und gut
I agree with you 100%; I totally agree with you; I am of the same opinion Das sehe ich ganz genauso; Ich bin ganz deiner Meinung
to form an opinion (about sth) sich seine Meinung (zu etw) bilden
to express an opinion eine Meinung äußern
to chuck in one’s two cents seinen Senf dazugeben (colloquial - lit. to give your mustard to sth.)
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Hey, die klingen ja wie die deutschen Beastie Boys
aber kacke finde ich deren Gitarren-Noise
Ich bin der Meinung, die brauchen einen Drummer
und ein Video mit Titten für den Hit im Sommer
Ich hab gehört die knallen sich Drogen rein als gäb’s kein morgen
und Backstage feiern sie mit Groupies wilde Orgien
Die beiden sind ’ne Schande für den deutschen Hip-Hop
und labern doch nur Scheiß, bei dem hier keiner mitkommt
Meine Freundin hat gesagt, die beiden sind jetzt Single
und die sehen mir ganz so aus als wären sie freche Schlingel
Die Musik ist mir egal ich find den linken süß
aber den rechten mag ich nicht, weil der so selten grüßt
Und was wollen die denn mit so einem scheiß Bandnamen
Mich wundert sowieso dass die Fans haben

Bild dir deine Meinung

Ich hab den einen mal getroffen, doch der wollt nicht mit mir reden
Ich glaub die sind voll arrogant und benehmen sich daneben
Mein Mitbewohner ist ein Freund von ihrem Tourbegleiter
der hat erzählt dass unterwegs die ganze Crew nur breit war
Hast du das Video gesehen, wo sich der eine anpisst
Ich hab gehört danach gab es von seiner Mutter Anschiss
Ein Kollege von mir ist mal mit den beiden rumgehangen
doch seine Freundin ist mit einem von den beiden fremdgegangen
Früher waren die beiden noch die Underground-Killer
heute hört sich das schon fast so an wie Sportfreunde Stiller
Man sagt die haben ihr Indie-Label abgezockt
sicherlich hat die der Major mit viel Geld gelockt
Ich kenn die noch von damals, als noch keiner die kannte
doch seitdem das jeder hört sage ich: Nein danke!

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