• German course for beginners
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  • 1 The German alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 German greetings (Hello in German) [0/3]
  • 3 Introduction in german (talking about yourself) [0/2]
  • 4 Counting in German (cardinal and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 5 The Time in German (hours and minutes in German) [0/3]
  • 6 Days of the weeks, months and seasons in German [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in German (blue, green, yellow...) [0/3]
  • 8 Asking for directions in German [0/3]
  • 9 The weather in German (sun, rain, temperature...) [0/3]
  • 10 Family members in German (parents, siblings...) [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts in German [0/3]
  • 12 Countries in German (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) [0/5]
  • 13 Ordering in Germany (restaurant, waiter, dinner) [0/3]
  • 14 German travel phrases [0/3]
  • 15 Grocery shopping in Germany [0/3]
  • 16 German proverbs [0/3]
  • 17 Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...) [0/4]
  • 18 Clothing in German (shoes, accessories, ...) [0/2]
  • 19 Happy birthday in German (parties and congratulations) [0/3]
  • 20 I love you in German (emotions and feedback) [0/3]
  • 21 Needs and opinions in German (polite requests) [0/4]
  • 22 Hobbies in German (sports and games) [0/3]
  • 23 House, room, furniture vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 24 Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics) [0/5]
  • 25 Business vocabulary in German (work and negotiations) [0/3]
  • 26 Going to the doctor and health vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 27 School vocabulary in German (subjects and persons) [0/3]
  • 28 Places of interest German (post office, infrastructure) [0/3]
  • 29 Nature words in German (parks and outdoor) [0/2]
  • In this chapter you will learn how to express "Gefühle" (feelings) and "Emotionen" (emotions) in German!

    How to say I love you in German?

    In German, as in English, you can use "lieben" (to love) and "mögen" (to like) for persons, things and actions. But you should be careful of the context in which you use these. For example while it is common in English to refer to family members with "I love you" this use is not practiced in German. For family members you usually use "Ich habe dich lieb" (similar to "I hold you dear"), since "Ich liebe dich" mostly refers to romantic love. 

    Here are a few expression to signal affection in German:

    German phrase Translation Use
    Ich liebe dich I love you

    Romantic love mostly

    Sometimes also for things or actions

    (as in "Ich liebe Pizza" - I love Pizza)

    Ich habe dich lieb I hold you dear Family members / really close persons
    Ich mag dich / das I like you / that For friends, things and actions
    Du / Das gefällt mir You / this pleases me (hard to translate phrase) Usually if you like someone's style or when you do something for the first time
    • Ich habe meine Mama lieb - I hold my mom dear (in English more like: I love my mom)
    • Er liebt seine Freundin sehr - he loves his girlfriend very much
    • Ich mag Hunde - I like dogs
    • Mir gefallen deine Schuhe - I like your shoes

    List of emotions to describe feelings

    The list below shows you possible answers for the question 'Wie geht's dir?' (How do you feel?).

    German English
    traurig sad
    angewidert / empört disgusted
    wütend / sauer / böse angry
    überrascht surprised
    verängstigt / eingeschüchtert / erschrocken scared
    fröhlich / zufrieden / glücklich happy
    freudig / erfreut joyful
    verliebt in love
    beschämt / sich schämen (verb) ashamed
    aufgeregt excited
    zufrieden happy, content
    ängstlich / verängstigt afraid
    müde tired
    erschöpft exhausted
    mürrisch / grantig  grumpy
    enttäuscht disappointed
    erbärmlich / armselig pathetic
    stolz proud
    nervös nervous
    besorgt worried

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    Example sentences

    • Ich bin müde. (I am tired.)
    • Er ist angewidert. (He is disgusted.)
    • Sie ist fröhlich. (She is happy.)
    • Wir sind verliebt. (We are in love.)
    • Du bist nervös. (You are nervous.)