sich beschweren vs sich beklagen

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Hi, I came across these two reflexive verbs and they both translated as to complain and I would like to know when to use what.
  • Frieder

    Senior Member
    sich beklagen = to complain during a conversation among friends or collegues.
    sich beschweren = to complain formally, to an admistation, a management, your boss etc.

    There is of course a grey area between those two.


    Senior Member
    Deutsch (Hochdeutsch und "Frängisch")
    Joining Frieder, I'd like to add:
    beklagen > you simply express your feelings
    beschweren > you want something to change from the other person
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