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. to tell (a story), to narrate
    Erzähl mir ein Märchen.
    Tell me a fairytale.
    Erzähl mir von deiner Kindheit.
    Tell me about your childhood.
  2. (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 Duden online
  • erzählen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache