hapern

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via German Low German (and probably already Middle Low German) from Middle Dutch or early modern Dutch haperen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaːpɐn/
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Verb[edit]

hapern (third-person singular simple present hapert, past tense haperte, past participle gehapert, auxiliary haben)

  1. (impersonal) to be scarce, insufficient, stagnant, problematic
    Es hapert an Bewerbern mit Berufserfahrung.
    There is a lack of applicants with professional experience.
    Ich verstehe ganz gut Französisch, aber beim Sprechen hapert es.
    I can understand French quite well, but speaking it is problematic.