Who remembers “Little Britain”?
Do you remember Vicky Pollards ‘yeah but no but’?
Here’s a little reminder:
What is the relevance to learning German, you may wonder?
Well, the Germans don’t have to say ‘yes and no’, they can say ‘JEIN’!
Jein is made up from the two words ‘ja’ and ‘nein’ and is frequently used in spoken German if the person isn’t sure how to answer and would need to say ‘yes and no’.
So, from now on, if you can’t decide whether to say yes or no, say JEIN.
I leave you with a song from the German band ‘Fettes Brot’, where the chorus goes
“Soll ich’s wirklich machen oder lass ich’s lieber sein? Jein.”
Did you like it? You have my permission to answer with Jein!
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