Although we have many swear words to use when something bad happens, Scheiße! [shit!] is definitely used the most.
Learn how to use it yourself with this awesome sketch by German comedian Martina Hill who has her own show Knallerfrauen on Sat1, a German TV channel. We decoded and translated the text for you. For more information on how to study best with the material, click here. If you want to watch this from outside the US, you could need a proxy.
Using the player buttons, choose to display German, English or decoded German below the video. The following transcript is clickable. Click on any German sentence to jump to that point in the video. When the video runs, the current part in both the decoding and the ↓ parallel text further below will be highlighted to facilitate comparison of the different translations when you want to jump back and forth. Click to hide.
Ah, Gott sei Dank!
Uh, to-God be Thank!
The following transcript is clickable. Click on any sentence to jump to that point in the video. When the video runs, the current part will be highlighted in both the parallel text and the ↑ decoding above to facilitate comparison of the different translations when you want to jump back and forth. Click to hide.
Ah, Gott sei Dank!
Uuuh, thank God!
A Japanese proverb says: "To know and not to act is not knowing at all."
So don't just look at the video, pronounce Scheiße! and swear in German yourself, even if this might be the first German word you've learned.
Now, knowing Scheiße! you are well-prepared for any situation where in English you would say Fuck!, Fuck it!, Damn it! or the like. Nevertheless, you might want to have a look at the following expressions who can be used as synonyms of Scheiße! in this context. Note, however, that they are not so universal and belong to different age groups.
= shows you the best English translation [here we give a literal translation when different] (the age range where you would find the expression most frequently is given in brackets).
Kacke! = Fuck! [poo-poo] (a bit less harsh than Scheiße!) (6-20)
Maaaaaaaaaaan! = Man! (6-50)
Fuck! = Fuck! (12-30)
Mist! = Crud! [animal excrement!] (20+)
Um Gottes Willen! = For God's sake! (40+)
Gott! = For God's sake! [God!] (15+)