In today’s German lesson I shall ramble about naming animals again.
Turns out there’s quite an abundance of pigs in Germany.
Our word for pig is Schwein.
A piglet is a Ferkel.
We call guinea pigs Meerschweinchen which translates back to little sea-pig. Their bigger relatives, Capybara, we call Wasserschwein. Water-pig.
Then there’s Seeschwein which translates to sea-pig as well. See is our word for lake or the sea depending on context and gender. Der See is the lake, die See is the sea. Seeschwein is a rarely used word for Dugong. Sometimes we also call it Seekuh = sea cow.
We also have stinger-pigs, Stachelschweine. Those are porcupines!
Finally there’s the Schweinswal. Pig-whale. You probably know it as harbor or common porpoise.
So many pigs. Man, I could totally do with a sausage now.
A week ago I got a silly idea t work and I tweeted it. There’s not really any way to explain it without spoiling the fun, so here’s transcription of the tweets without the hashtags and stuff, I guess.
In my sensual dreams
I remove the outer shell
From your soft, sweet curves
Run my hungry tongue
Along the ridges and valleys
Of delighted flesh
Breathe your fragrance sweet
Soak it up into myself
Till I lose control
Nibbling at your skin
Digging deep with greedy tongue
In the wet inside
Ripping you apart
Piece by piece partake of you
Tear into your flesh
Oh man, I love oranges. Sure wish I had one right now.
We’re probably as good at naming animals as we’re at stuff.
The German word for animal is Tier. Now you know half of naming a load of German animals.
Here’s a list of the best ones, I guess:
skunk – Stinktier – stink-animal
armadillo – Gürteltier – belt-animal
sloth – Faultier – lazy-animal
platypus – Schnabeltier – beak-animal
aye-aye – Fingertier – finger-animal
I’M NOT KIDDING YOU! Wait till I tell you about pigs!
If you read my blog, you might be aware of the #GermanWithOlli twitter feature I’m running three times a week. This is part of it.
You can check out the previous tweets if you want to!
As you see, German has some awesome words, and we’re really good at naming stuff.
And we’re in love with the word for stuff. The German word for that is Zeug. We love that word so much we use it in compound words all the time. Some really official, some a little colloquial, but they’re all legit.
Here’s a few examples:
vehicle = Fahrzeug = drive-stuff
airplane = Flugzeug = fly-stuff
ship = Schiff. Wait, that doesn’t belong here.
But there’s more: our word for toy is Spielzeug. Yup, play-stuff.
The less official ones might be Waschzeug = wash-stuff. Or toiletries. Like the kit that you take with you on vacation, camping or an overnight stay.
Bettzeug = bed-stuff = bedding. Linens, pillowcase, etc.
Schreibzeug = writing-stuff. If we tell you to get your Schreibzeug, we are talking about pen and paper to take notes.
That’s it for today, I hope you enjoy #GermanWithOlli