No, this is not a post about how Germans might save their money differently to you, this is a post about the word ‘sparen’ and nouns beginning with ‘Spar…’.
The idea came over Christmas when I got this present:
What is it, you may wonder?
The label says: Sparstrumpf
It’s a money stocking or money sock, one way of saving your money at home.
There are quite a few nouns beginning with ‘Spar…’
The adjective sparsam means thrifty and sparend means saving, as in Zeit sparend – time-saving. The verb sparen means to save.
I might use my Sparstrumpf to save for a new car (although I do realise that I will need to fill the sock more than once!): Ich spare für ein neus Auto. I could also say Ich spare auf ein neues Auto.
What are you saving for? Ich spare für …
Of course, apart from saving money – Geld sparen – you could…
So watch out that nobody ever says to you “Sparen Sie sich Ihre Worte!” or informally “Spar dir deine Worte!” (You’re wasting your breath!) .
Also make sure you always have a Notgroschen (masc., nest egg), otherwise you’ll end up pleite (skint)
I’ll leave you with a little bit from Mary Poppins, to which you can say “Das hättest du dir sparen können!” (That was unnecessary!) ☺
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