A puzzled head: taken by student Johanna in German class in Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

Whenever you have to go to a doctor, you need to know the vocabulary of the parts of your body that are most important for your singing career.
Brustkorb m chest, thorax
Kehlkopf m larynge, larynx
Kehlkopfspiegelung f laryngoscopy
Nasenhöhle f nasal cavity
Nasennebenhöhle f air sinus, paranasal sinus
Nasenscheidewand f nasal cartilage
Stimmband n medical term: Stimmlippe f vocal chord
Stimmritze f glottis
Stirnhöhle f frontal sinus
The director, a collegue or a doctor might see that you are not well and will ask you how you are doing.
“Wie geht’s?”
Be aware of a possible slip-up that happens to many English speakers when they answer this question.
Their answer is often, “ich bin gut”, translated literally from English. If they are sick, they will answer, “ich bin nicht gut”, or more directly, “ich bin schlecht”.
Don’t be surprised when the person who asks takes a step back after the first answer or frowns upon you after the second.
Ich bin gut means “I am a great person, and in addition, I am a fantastic singer”.
Ich bin schlecht means “You should never trust me, because I am a terrible person and a lousy singer, too”.
If you want to tell that you are sick, say,
“Mir geht es nicht gut” (mir is a dative object),
“Mir geht es schlecht”,
“Ich fühle mich nicht gut” (I don’t feel well; fuehlen here as a reflective verb.),
“Ich fühle mich krank” (I feel sick).
Read part II on Wednesday, March 7: “Was fehlt Ihnen denn?”

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