Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Surfing the Net in German

A glossary of German words you might come across when surfing German websites.

General internet terms:
der Webbrowser  - the web browser
im Internet surfen - to surf the Internet
die Website - the website
die Web-Seite - the web page
die Web-Adresse - the web page address
404 nicht gefunden - 404 Not Found (nb all the error codes are the same as for English)
der Domain-Name - the domain name
der Inhalt einer Webseite - the web content
der Webmaster, oder die Webmasterin - the webmaster m/f (nb I've never come across 'Webmeister' on a German site; I'm beginning to think that it is an English-speaking affectation by people who drink too much Jägermeister).
die Webgestaltung - the web design
der Webdesigner, oder die Webdesignerin - the web designer m/f
etwas ins Netz stellen - to post something on the Internet
über das Internetvia the Internet
das (auch der) Blog, oder das Internet-Tagebuch - the blog
das Forum - the bulletin board

Common menu items:
das Menü  -the menu
das Hauptmenü - the main menu
die Hauptseite - homepage
der Hypertext-Link - the hyperlink
suchen - to search
suche - search
(and you might get '
Die Suche nach etwas lieferte keine Treffer' - the search for (something) didn't come up with any results. Otherwise you will get die Ergebnisse - the results)
ausdrucken - to print out
der Kontakt - the contact details
die Hilfe - help
über uns - about us
über diese Website - about this website
das Impressum - the  (website) credits

Signing on and Registering:
Anmelden - to sign on
Der Benutzername - the username
registrieren - to register
bitte nur Buchstaben, Zahlen, Binde- und Unterstriche - only letters, numbers, dashes and underscores please
Benutzername verfügbar - username available
Schon vergeben. Bitte wähle einen anderen - already allocated. Please choose another
Das Passwort (auch das Kennwort) - the password
Schutz mit Passwort (auch das Kennwort) - password protected
zu kurz - too short
mindestens 5 Zeichen - at least five characters
wiederholung - repeat (password)
Angemeldet bleiben - remember login details
Passwort vergessen? - forget password?
geändert - changed
das E-mail - the email address (or more specifically die E-Mail-Adresse)
die Stadt - the town/city
die Postleitzahl - post code
männlich - male
weiblich - female
Ich habe die AGB gelesen und bin damit einverstanden -I have read and agree with the terms and conditions.
Die AGB müssen akzeptiert werden - the terms and conditions must be agreed to
schicken - to send (a form)
abmelden - to sign out

e-mail terms:
die/das E-Mail - the e-mail
etwas per E-Mail senden - to send something by email
etwas mailen - to e-mail something (informal)
jemand etwas mailen - to e-mail somebody something (informal)
I have
also seen jemand etwas e-mailen - to e-mail somebody something (informal)
Von: - from
An: - to
Gesendet: - sent
Betreff: - subject
die angehängte Datei - the e-mail attachment. Also der Attachment.
unerwünschte Werbe-E-Mail - unsolicited commercial email, i.e. der Spam
virenfrei - virus free
NB when saying e-mail addresses, it is acceptable to say @ as 'at'. Otherwise,
der Kringle (= squiggle, curl, kink, loop, ring) could be used.

On-line shopping terms:
kaufen - to shop
das Angebot - offer
das Sonderangebot - special (bargain) offer
der Einkaufswagen - shopping cart
in den Einkaufswagen - add to shopping cart
zum Einkaufswagen - go to shopping cart
die Menge - quantity
die Größe - the size
weiter einkaufen - carry on shopping
zur Kasse gehen - go to the checkout
der Sicherheitsserver - secure server
bezahlen - to pay
das Konto - the account

Navigation terms:
weiter - forward, next
mehr - more
zurück - back
hier klicken - click here
öffnet im neuen Fenster - opens in new window
Fenster schließen - close window
das Überlagerungsfenster oder das Dialogfenster - pop-up window
das Aufklappmenü oder das Pop-up-Menü - pop-up menu
der Cursor auch die Schreibmarke - the cursor

Some hardware terms:

die Computer - the computer
die Maus - the mouse
der Bildschirm, der Monitor - the screen
die Tastatur - the keyboard
die Wagenrücklauftaste - the carriage return (enter) key
der Drucker - the printer
das (auch der) Modem - the modem
der Router - the router
die (auch der) Firewall - the firewall
or if that's too obvious, also
das Zugangsschutzsystem
der Anschluss - the telephone line, connection, interface, data-link
der Computeranschluss - specifically the computer connection
das Breitband - broadband
das drahtloses lokales Netz - wireless local area network

And hopefully you'll do it all without encountering der Absturz - systems crash!


  1. Hi there, Matt here. I got to this blog through ToyTown. I haven't ever posted there...I'll cut to the chase. I was reading about your being on a remote language learning course with the OU, and whilst this may not be for me since I am still in German in lower Education, I would still like to know more about it. What are the conditions on joining it? Does it cost as much as "normal" university courses? Anything you can realistically tell me. Thanks so much for any help,


    (Also planning to go to Berlin, albeit only for 6 months)

  2. Matt.
    Last year I took the Open University course LZX130 'Auftakt: get ahead in German', which is at intermediate level. It can be done in its entirety over an internet link, including submitting assignments, attending online real-time tutorials, and sitting the final exam. Though it can count towards a degree from the Open University, it is also a stand-alone course in its own right, and if you combine it with the beginners German course LZX193 you can get a Certificate in German.
    There are no joining conditions, other than a willingness to learn. It also helps if you are a UK resident because the fees are much cheaper then (quite rightly: the Open University is subsidised by the British tax-payer). I don't know how much a 'normal' university course costs so I can't really comment. The big advantages of the OU over a 'normal' course are the flexibility and convenience; you can easily fit it around your home/work life, and there is no hurry (or compulsion) to get a degree at the end. The disadvantage is you need strong will-power to keep at it un-supervised, and of course there is no campus life.
    Enjoy Berlin; hopefully we'll be there ourselves soon!

  3. Andie,

    Thanks for the Internet Glossary. It's very useful. I'm on Rundblick at the moment, and enjoying it a lot. Hope your own studies are going well.



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