You have an opinion so share it… In German.

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You have an opinion so share it… In German.

One of the key things we do with language is express our opinions. Being able to do that in German will help give you the confidence to speak more and through your speaking improve your German.

A key place where opinion matters is in politics. In Switzerland politics is always an issue because citizens vote in public referenda on many important political issues. In two weeks the Swiss will cast ballots again as they have the first referendum of 2012. On the national agenda are five issues:

  1. Schluss mit uferlosem Bau von Zweitwohnungen!” — The building of secondary (vacation) apartments (an issue especially poignant around Switzerland’s lakes and in alpine villages like Zermatt, Andermatt, Davos etc.)
  2. Bauspar-Initiative” — An initiative to provide tax incentives for people saving to build their own house.
  3. 6 Wochen Ferien für alle” — An initiative to give all working people 6 weeks of paid holidays.
  4. Bundesbeschluss über die Regelung der Geldspiele zugunsten gemeinnütziger Zwecke” — An initiative to regulate which gambling operations are controlled by the federal and cantonal governments.
  5. Bundesgesetz über die Buchpreisbindung” — An initiative to reintroduce the Fixed Book Price Agreement.

Like politics always do these issues have people for and against them. Politics is often an opinion game and those who can best convince the majority of the voters of their opinion win. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to share your opinion in German.

There are many ways to tell your listener that you are giving your opinion and to make it clear that is what we are doing we generally start with an introductory clause establishing that. Let’s look at a few of the options you have.


  • denken: to think
  • glauben: to believe
  • finden: to find
  • meinen: to guess, to reckon

Using these verbs you can start any statement with: Ich + conjugated verb + , 

z.B. Ich denke, dass Menschen keine zweite Wohnung brauchen. (I think that people don’t need a second apartment.)

You can also leave out the “dass” and simply write:

z.B. Ich denke, Menschen brauchen keine zweite Wohnung.

Let’s look at some other common examples that you can work into your everyday speech when giving your opinion on different topics. Don’t forget that if the second clause starts with “dass” the verb(s) go at the end.

  • Meiner Meinung nach… (In my opinion, …)

z.B. Meiner Meinung nach sollen Bücher in der Schweiz billiger sein. (In my opinion, books in Switzerland should be cheaper.)

  • Ich bin der Meinung, dass (I am of the opinion that…)

z.B. Ich bin der Meinung, dass wir mehr bezahlte Ferien brauchen. (I am of the opinion that we need more paid vacation.)

  •  Meiner Erfahrung nach (In my experience…)

z.B. Meiner Erfahrung nach sind Bücher in Ländern mit Buchpreisbindungen nicht günstiger. (In my experience books are not cheaper in countries with fixed book price agreements.)

  • Wie ich gelesen habe, … (I have read that…)

z.B. Wie ich gelesen habe, haben die Schweizer schon viele bezahlten Urlaub. (I’ve read that the Swiss have lots of paid vacation.)

  •  Ich bin mir sicher, dass (I’m certain that…)

z.B. Ich bin mir sicher, dass mehr Urlaub nicht gut für die Volkswirtschaft wäre. (I’m certain that more vacation would not be good for the economy.)

Sometimes you might not have an opinion on a specific matter and want to simply express that:

  •  Ich habe dazu keine Meinung. (I have no opinion in this matter.)

Yet other times you might want to say that you are expressing a fact:

  • Fakt ist, dass (The fact is that…)

z.B. Fakt ist, dass die Buchpreisbindung den Schriftstellern in der Vergangenheit auch nicht geholfen hat. (The fact is that in the past the fixed book price agreement didn’t help writers.)

  •  Es ist sicher, dass (It is certain that…)

z.B. Es ist sicher, dass mit einer Buchpreisbindung die grossen Verlage mehr erwirtschaften werden. (It is certain that with a fixed price agreement the large publishers will make more money.)

So there are a few easy to remember sentence starters for giving your opinion. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts on when you’re with German speakers. The more you speak, the better your German will get and it’s an upward spiral of success.

Want to learn more or practice on the go? Here are some flashcards to help you learn.

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