Adjectives that follow nouns

Adjectives are words used to describe nouns.

Here are some words you might use to describe people's emotions:

Icons with faces representing the meaning of the words for happy, sad, angry, surprised and confused.

But adjectives can be used to describe much more than just emotions.

Here are some of the most common adjectives in German:

Hilfsvokabeln– Helpful vocabulary

  • billig – cheap
  • dick – fat
  • einfach – easy
  • ekelhaft – disgusting
  • faul – lazy
  • fleißig – hard-working
  • freundlich – friendly
  • groß – big/tall
  • interessant – interesting
  • klein – small/short
  • kompliziert – complicated
  • langweilig – boring
  • mittelgroß – medium sized
  • ruhig – peaceful
  • schlank – slim
  • schön – beautiful
  • schrecklich – terrible
  • schwierig – difficult
  • sportlich – sporty
  • teuer – expensive
  • toll – great

Did you know?

Bratwurst is a grilled sausage and is very popular – beliebt – in Germany.

The verb braten means to fry, roast or barbecue. The word for sausage is Wurst, and there are lots of different types of sausages, eg Bockwurst (a smoked sausage), Weißwurst (a boiled white sausage) and Jagdwurst (a semi-dried sausage). They are often served with a Brötchen (a bread roll) or Bretzel (a salted bread in the shape of a knot – a pretzel) with Sauerkraut (pickled white cabbage) and Senf (mustard).

Extrawurst is a cold cut of sausage which is popular in Austria. But when used idiomatically, Extrawurst refers to a demanding person or to someone who expects special treatment, eg wir kriegen nie Extrawurst in der Schule – we never get special treatment in school.

Six fried Bavarian sausages from Nuremberg - so called 'rostbratwurst' - served with sauerkraut and a pretzel
'Bratwurst' and 'Sauerkraut' served with a 'Bretzel' is a much-loved dish in Germany