Lesson 3.6 - Friend

walleyenorth

I worked thru lesson 3.6 and am curious about friends. There is an example of a best girlfriend (Freundin) and a best boyfriend (Freund), is there a general word in german for a friend or is it always specific to the gender as in the example? Thanks, Walleyenorth

Paul-Weber

Hi there, in German you always indicate the gender when talking about friends. Freundin (female friend) Freund (male friend) Freunde (more than one friend or a group of friends) When you talk about people that you know who are not friends you say Bekannte (female acquaintance) Bekannter (male acquaintance) Bekannte (more than one or a group) If you want to point out that a friend is not just a friend but in fact your boy or girl friend you say "mein Freund" or "meine Freundin" instead of "eine Freundin" or "ein Freund" ("ein Freund von mir" = a friend of mine) I hope that helps. Paul

walleyenorth

Vielen Dank! Very helpful.

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