how to pronounce schadenfreude


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the above transcription of schadenfreude is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

schadenfreude is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of schadenfreude in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… vor schadenfreude klar es ist nicht so …”

meanings of schadenfreude


  1. Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune; schadenfreude; gloating.

schadenfreude frequency in german - C2 level of CEFR

the word schadenfreude occurs in german on average 3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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