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About the language of youth

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Hildegard Dierks has been working as an online author and editor for various target groups, e.g. parents, for many years. Her main topics include all topics related to primary school, foreign language learning, music education, computer-aided learning, but also school policy issues.

by Hildegard Dierks



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"How cool is that!", "Crass", "unfortunately great", "works for you" or "treat yourself!" Are linguistic expressions, sentences and words from the youth language. Some are known beyond the youth age group. The word of youth in 2016, on the other hand, caused astonishment among many. Not even all young people know “being fly”. There is no clear definition of the language of youth. How young people speak is interesting.

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The language of youth has its own words. Young people often speak very emotionally with a lot of exaggerations (e.g. fully beautiful). Occasionally she saves some grammatical forms, e.g. articles. Young people often use anglicisms and multicultural scene words. It sounds strange when parents or grandparents speak this language. Words such as "krass" are used in a wide variety of contexts. In the context, friends and other young people in particular understand what is meant, at least one suspects the meaning. And the idea is enough to create an emotional connection. Youth language often also signals something like “I'm“ cool ”and“ belong ”. The language of youth changes quickly.

Misunderstandings can easily arise between adolescents and adults when teenage language is used. This can be problematic in school and family situations.

Youth - imagery

What words young people use is only one aspect of young people's language. Youth language is strongly influenced by the topics of youth. An important topic in young people is “being in love”.

In earlier times, for example, women were given a poem or a song of love. Today in the age of digital communication, smilies, emojis and emoticons play a crucial role, because a picture is worth a thousand words.

Verbal language is pushed back at this point. The small pictures and animations mostly express feelings (often strong feelings) and are rarely missing in the messages of the messaging services of young people: They represent joy, sadness or being in love.

If there are new emojis, they are an issue with young people. They are talked about and they are fun. Because of their great popularity, more and more emojis are being made available by internet companies.

The language of youth and spelling

The language of young people is now stronger than it used to be in the written language. It is not "written" but "texted". You text someone verbally, but you text even more with the help of instant messaging services. Many words are not usually made in these messages.

The lyrics do not correspond to the rules of the dude either. It is abbreviated, and upper and lower case letters are not used in the text. Spelling discrepancies in these texts may seem a bit strange to outsiders of messaging services, but they are rather unimportant.

Spelling deficits among young people tend to be problematic in official letters such as applications or other professional contexts.

What reasons may there be for a lack of spelling?

Correct spelling used to be a high priority in the first years of class. Much time was spent practicing. From the beginning, the aim was to make as few mistakes as possible.

Today we have become more tolerant of spelling mistakes. Incorrect spelling is an inevitable intermediate stage in the learning process when acquiring spelling.

Young people often rely on being able to look up the correct spelling on the Internet, the constant “companion”.

However, there are situations in which it is not possible to look up the spelling on the Internet. It would take too long or there is no network. For example, according to a mirror report, the Federal Criminal Police Office was unable to fill some positions at the end of 2016 because too many applicants failed the spelling test. Seminar papers that are submitted to universities often have too many spelling errors from the lecturers' point of view.

Puberty and Adolescent Language

Communication between parents and adolescents is particularly difficult during puberty, especially in situations where something unpleasant needs to be discussed.

Word battles, yelling or refusal to talk are not uncommon.

"Talking is useless, especially not with parents or teachers" think some teenagers.

It is good for parents to know that they are not alone. During puberty, peers play an increasingly important role as conversation partners, parents seem superfluous. But parents are by no means. On the contrary.

For your part, you should try to start a meaningful conversation at a less emotionally charged time, without offending accusations. The ability to conduct a respectful, partnership-based conversation in the event of problems has not yet been developed in young people.

Parents can take frequent breaks in conversations by their teenage children as an opportunity to review their own conversation behavior. Do I speak condescendingly and know-it-all? Am I just focusing on my child's mistakes? Am I patient with my child's weaknesses?

Anyone who spends time with their teenagers will find that children keep raising problems on their own initiative. In order to get into conversation with young people, time and listening together are particularly important prerequisites. Parents are well advised to address a problem at the time a child raises a problem. If parents miss this point in time, young people are often busy with completely different things.

For example, adolescents react to negative criticism, often playing around with their smartphone too much with defense. Nevertheless, it is up to the parents to occasionally express their concern about excessive consumption to children.

Sometimes a comment takes a long time to have an effect. No sooner said than done, it usually doesn't work for adolescents during puberty. But for parents, "say it anyway, preferably lovingly or with humor."

Pay attention to your words

Bullying takes place in school, spreads to the social networks, from there it has an effect back into real life.

Swear words and rumors that demean classmates, turn them into outsiders more and more, so that they get sick, can no longer go to school or even commit suicide, are part of the dangerous bullying.

Nobody wants to be a victim of bullying. Even if a classmate is difficult or has made themselves unpopular, young people should be aware of the effect of their words. A language of contempt and hate can hurt people seriously, and in individual cases contribute to a classmate committing suicide.

You can't and don't have to be friends with everyone, but even those you don't like should be treated with a minimum of respect. This is also expressed in language.

Comment: Crazy, cool and Co.

Today is a party "totally awesome". When Grandma was a teenager, a party was "knorke", especially in the Berlin area.

Youth language with its own words and expressions is lively, amusing and emotional. Parents can make an effort to understand. If parents speak youth language themselves, however, it has a rather cheeky effect. Although the boundaries between the generations are often more fluid today in language and behavior than in the past, young people also have a right to demarcation in order to find their own identity. Language helps.

Students almost always get it right intuitively. Most of them can distinguish when you can speak youth language and when you use well-groomed, rule-compliant German.

It is more difficult for young people with a migration background. They often learn the German language from other young people. If they speak strongly in the youth language, deficits can arise in the use of standard German.

Spelling rules cannot always be looked up on the Internet. It is therefore still useful today to have good spelling skills and to practice them.

Overall, digital communication is increasingly dominating the language of young people. Parents, too, often communicate with their teenage children via smartphones and messaging services because it is convenient and they can be reached there.

But an action by the Federal Government's Ministry of Family Affairs in the context of “Look what your child does with the media!” Rightly points out that parents should talk more to their children and not pay more attention to the smartphone than to their children.

Link tips:

http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/NE0MPT,0,0,Jugendsprache_und_Jugendkultur.html

https://www.schau-hin.info/news/artikel/rechen-sie-lieber-mit-ihrem-kind.html

Book tips:

PONS Dictionary of Youth Language Stuttgart 2017

Editor Langenscheidt (Ed.) 100 percent youth language 2017 The book on the youth word of the year Munich 2016

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