Scheisse!: The Real German You Were Never Taught in School Paperback – Jul 1 1994
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About the Author
Gertrude Besserwisser is the author of Scheisse!: The Real German You Were Never Taught in School.
David Levine was an American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures in The New York Review of Books. Jules Feiffer called him "the greatest caricaturist of the last half of the twentieth century.”
Top Customer Reviews
- It gave me a deeper understanding of colloquial German.
- It taught me something about the German limbic psyche, and how they generate slang.
- It helped me 'fit in' - in bars.
- It helped me understand better, teaching me common words you won't find in standard books.
- It made me laugh (it is hilarious!)
- It helped me make my German friends laugh.
- And yes, it helped me learn the curses.
If you are learning intermediate German, this is a great addition to your collection. It is worth the price for the humor alone. Do heed the warnings in some other reviews, though - you need to know where you can use these terms, without getting into trouble.
The book has 12 chapters with hundreds of off-color and colorful phrases and words, and a glossary. Each chapter has a paragraph of introduction to the subject of the chapter, such as "Curses, Epithets, and Other Cries of Exasperation," or "The Basics," or "Body Language and Other Parts." Finally, there a little quiz in the back to test your new-found knowledge of scatological German linguistics, so to speak. The book is only 112 pages, but there is a lot of information in those 112 pages, and it's worth the price just for the entertainment factor.
No profanity is too great for the unabashed Besserwisser. Wonderful colloquial German expressions of full throttle profanity and abusiveness are introduced in this book, along with illustrations by David Levine that increase the humor of the presentation.
The one item that the reader should know, is that basic knowledge of a little German is really a pre-requisite to get the most out of this book. Although, it is readable, by those who have never spoken a word of German. And just as funny. This book is highly recommended for people about to take a trip to a German speaking country. At least you will know when they are cursing at you, even if you cannot understand all of it.
Most recent customer reviews
This little book is a lot of fun to dive into! I've been studying German in university for 4 years, but they definitely don't teach this part of the language! Read morePublished on April 2 2014 by Natasha Rosewitt
Until I read this book, I thought I knew every nasty thing you could possibly say in German. I was quickly proven wrong. Read morePublished on May 17 2003
I first read this book several years ago, prior to a trip to Northern Bavaria. It was a great and easy read, and gave me enough to sound much more native in my skills. Read morePublished on April 16 2002 by L. Herrmann
I've used the book a lot in my last three trips to Berlin. The Germans were surprised of the "stuff you never learned in German" that I knew. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2001 by Mark L. Welter
This is by far the best reference guide available to the general public. I wish I would have had this when I was in Germany as an exchange student - I just know if I had, I would... Read morePublished on April 13 2001
This book is the perfect way to spice up your German vocabulary with slang, curse words, insults, ect. Read morePublished on July 27 2000
This is not the sort of book you should buy if you are serious about learning German. It is the sort of book you buy for a laugh rather than to learn some informal conversational... Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by Jo-Ann Wynne
This is a very funny and useful book. As langauges go, German seems to have an unusually colourful set of expletives. Read morePublished on June 5 2000
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