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You Want To Say I‘m Bored In German? Watch Out!

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

One of the challenges in learning a new language is to realise that literal translations from your native language into the new language almost never work. Unfortunately, some English native speakers sometimes learn this the hard way, as the example of “I’m bored will” show you.



Translating literally from English, many people say “Ich bin langweilig”. Yet what they are actually saying is that they are boring. Ouch! So the correct way to say it is actually “ Ich bin gelangweilt”. That is because "langweilig" is the German adjective for boring, whereas "gelangweilt" is the participle and it means bored.

Ich hoffe, ihr wart nicht gelangweilt von diesem Post.

(I hope you weren’t bored by this post)


On our German language blog "Auf Deutsch, bitte!", you will find posts on many topics in German grammar- from adjective endings in German, the four German cases, how to negate a German sentence and where to place nicht to German word order. We also give compare the most popular online dictionaries Linguee, dict.cc, dict.leo and Collins. So check out our blog and let us know what you think.


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