50 German sentences with 'schon'

Let’s talk about the lovely German word schon, the one without the umlaut. With an umlaut it turns into ‘schön’, and that’s beautiful, pretty.

Without the umlaut it means ‘already’, well, in a lot of sentences, like these:

  • Ich bin schon da. I’m already here.
  • Sind wir schon da? Are we (already) there yet?
  • Waren Sie schon mal in Berlin?  Have you ever been to Berlin? (Have you already been…?)
  • Ich war schon zweimal in Berlin. I’ve (already) been to Berlin twice.
  • Schon erledigt – Consider it done (I’ve done it already)
  • Ich habe meine Hausufgaben schon längst gemacht.  I’ve done my homework already/ ages ago.
  • Bist du schon angezogen? Are you dressed (yet/ already)?
  • Es ist schon 10 Uhr. It’s already 10 o’clock.
  • Das Taxi ist da! Was? Jetzt schon? The taxi is here! What? Already?
  • Es ist schon spät! It’s getting late (already)
  • Ich bin schon unterwegs. I’m (already) on my way.
  • Weiß ich doch schon! Tell me about it! I already know that!
  • Bekommen Sie schon? Are you being served (already)?

As you’ve seen, we may not always use ‘already’ in the English sentences, but we could.

But ‘schon’ can also be used as a filler word – those lovely words that, technically speaking, aren’t necessary in a sentence or phrase but we use them anyway. They are the words that make a language interesting, not just in German!

Have a look at all these:

  • Geh schon! Come on! Off you go!
  • Komm schon! Come on! Go ahead!
  • Komm jetzt, mach schon! Get a move on!
  • Mach schon! Come on! Hurry up!
  • Passt schon. Close enough, it’ll do!
  • Das wird schon. It’ll be allright.
  • Schon gut! Never mind! Relax! All right/ It’s okay. Forget about it
  • Schon wieder! Again!
  • Der schon wieder! It’s him again!
  • Die schon wieder! It’s her/ them again!
  • Schon möglich. That could be
  • fast schon – a little short of (Es ist fast schon 10 Uhr. It’s almost 10 o’clock)
  • immer schon – always (throughout a long period of the past) (Ich habe immer schon Klavier gespielt. I’ve always played the piano.)
  • or the other way round: schon immer – all along/ always (Ich habe schon immer Kaffee getrunken)
  • schon länger – for quite some time (Ich spiele schon länger Klavier)
  • Maybe that’s quite a while ago: Das ist schon lange her.
  • Schon in Ordnung. It’s okay.
  • Ich mach’ das schon. I’ll do it.

Want some more? Okay, here a more sentences with schon:

  • Ich habe schon verstanden. I got the message.
  • Ich verstehe schon. I get it.
  • Ich denke schon. I think so/ I think you can …
  • Du weißt schon. You know.
  • Auch schon was!  Big deal!
  • Schon der Gedanke …  The very thought/ idea…
  • Schon mal gesehen? You ever seen this before?
  • Wird schon schiefgehen. It’ll be okay/ break a leg
  • Sei schon ruhig! Be quite!
  • Es stimmt schon, aber … It’s true, but…
  • Du wirst schon sehen. You’ll see.
  • Kann schon sein.  Maybe.
  • Sie wissen schon/ Du weißt schon. You know.

So, next time somebody uses the word ‘schon’, you can say “Kenn’ ich schon!” (Been there, done that) And when ‘du-weißt-schon-wer’  (you-know-who) starts crying  you can say “Ist schon gut” (there, there). Of course, their crying might annoy you, so you can say “Nicht das schon wieder!” (Not that again!). But they might reply “Na, wenn schon!” (So what?).

So, go for it, use as many ‘schon’ sentences you can: Wenn schon, denn schon (If you’re going to do something, then do it. Let’s go the whole hog).

Und schon haben wir’s!  And Bob’s your uncle! ☺

Now it’s your turn, what is the meaning of ‘schon’ in these two songs I found on YouTube?

 

 

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