gell (gelt)

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by drewfromutah, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. drewfromutah Member

    English - USA
    Ein paar von meinen Mitschüler und Professoren sagt "gel" sehr oft am ende der Sätze. Ich habe für eine Definition gesucht, aber ich kann keine finden.
  2. Tim0

    Tim0 Member

    Wisconsin, USA
    English - America (Midwest)
    I'm pretty sure it just means 'right?'.

    Like, "you know what I'm saying, right?". It can also be spelled 'gell' or 'gelt' I believe, so if you want to look into more you could try using those.
  3. sokol

    sokol Senior Member

    Vienna, Austria; raised in Upper Austria
    Austrian (as opposed to Australian)
    Tim's right, this will be "gell" or "gelt"; in some Austrian dialects it is also "goi" or "gö" ("göda").
    I always thought this is specifically Austrian and Bavarian but now I'm not sure about the exact geographical distribution of "gell". :)
  4. Hutschi

    Hutschi Senior Member

    It is also used in Frabconian (fränkischen) dialects and in parts of Thuringia.
    In Saxony it is not used. When I moved to Dresden it took me some years not to use it. Here in Dresden the laughed when I used it as pupil - very frustrating.

    In English the form is like "isn't it?"

    In German, depending on the region, it is:
    gel, gelle, gelt, goi, gö.
    In Saxony they use: "nu?" (which is in standard language: "ja?") or "nu/ne/ni wahr?" - which is in standard language: "nicht wahr?"

    In Berlin, they do not use "gel?" but "wa?" or "wat?"

    The most came from the dialect to the local coll. language.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010
  5. Sowka

    Sowka Senior Member

    German, Northern Germany
    Hallo allerseits :)

    Wir haben einen ganz interessanten Faden über ähnliche Wörter... So kannst Du ein wenig Abwechslung in Deine Gegend bringen, drewfromutah ;)
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010

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