erzählen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

er- +‎ zählen

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛɐ̯ˈt͡sɛːlən/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ɛɐ̯ˈt͡seːlən/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • Hyphenation: er‧zäh‧len
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Verb[edit]

erzählen (weak, third-person singular present erzählt, past tense erzählte, past participle erzählt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (ditransitive) to tell, to narrate, to recount (for example a story, to someone)
    Erzähl mir ein Märchen.
    Tell me a fairytale.
    Sie erzählte mir von ihrer Kindheit.
    She told me about her childhood.
  2. (with dative object and dass) to tell, to say (that something occurred)
    Ich habe dir erzählt, dass meine Mutter gestorben ist.
    I told you that my mother had died.
  3. (somewhat informal, perhaps regional) to talk a lot; to tell nonsense; to gabble
    Wir haben den ganzen Nachmittag erzählt.
    We talked the whole afternoon.
    Der erzählt hier wieder einen! (strong stress on “erzählen”)
    This guy’s talking some [bullshit] again today!

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Further reading[edit]

  • erzählen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • erzählen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • erzählen” in Duden online
  • erzählen” in OpenThesaurus.de