Every language imports words, and German is no exception. It has recently imported thousands of English words, especially from the worlds of technology, culture and business.

Das Date, das Feedback and die Homepage are three common words that are typically used by German speakers when communicating in German. But things are not always as simple as they seem, and German speakers often use them incorrectly when speaking English.

Do you? Continue reading to find out.

Although date can work as a translation of Termin (“Gibt es schon einen Termin für den nächsten Workshop?”“Is there a date for the next workshop yet?”), you should use appointment or meeting to talk about arranged times to speak to colleagues or clients. A date with a person is usually romantic, and would be associated with flowers, candles or kissing on the back row of the cinema. Make sure people don’t get confused about the kind of relationship you’re interested in!

I have an appointment with a client tomorrow. Ich habe morgen einen Termin mit einem Kunden.
I have a date with a client tomorrow. Ich habe morgen ein Rendezvous/ein heißes Date mit einem Kunden.

In English, feedback is given to someone to help them understand if what they did was good or bad, and to give them the chance to do it better next time. Feedback can be positive or negative, and preferably constructive. Both companies and individuals are usually happy to receive feedback as it helps them to improve and develop. Maybe the best way to think about feedback is as eine (positive/negative/konstruktive) Kritik.
Feedback often has this meaning in German, but Germans sometimes use Danke für Ihr Feedback as an alternative to Danke für Ihre Rückmeldung. For this, you should use a word like response or reply:

Danke für Ihr Feedback/Ihre Rückmeldung. Thank you for your response/reply.
(less formal: Thanks for getting back to me.)

Home page
When people started to get access to the Internet a few decades ago, it became popular to create your own “home page”, where you could share information about your hobbies and interests with your friends. When more pages were added, English called this a website, whereas Germans generally continued to use the adopted word Homepage.
Every company has a home page, but this is only the page you see when you type in the website address. The complete collection of pages is known as a website.

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Do you have any questions about these or other English words used in German? Send me an email at: philmarlowenglish@gmail.com