During my work as a German online teacher, I realized that it is a common mistake to adopt the English “to have fun” to German one to one. After reading this article, you will know how to use “Spaß” properly.
Fun in German
The noun fun is “Spaß” in German. Constantly, students use it the wrong way because they literally translate between languages (mostly English to German). Therefore, they create expressions as: “Etwas ist Spaß” – “Die Party ist Spaß”. As you will see in the following, both examples are wrong. Since the word “fun” is used very often, I will show you four ways to use this word the right way:
Spaß haben (to have fun)
You can say „Ich habe Spaß” if you want to express that you are having fun. Since the verb “haben” requires you to use a noun, there is no other possibility to built this sentence.
Spaß machen (to be fun)
Some things as for instance dancing can be fun. To express this in German, you would say “Tanzen macht Spaß” (literally: dancing does fun). You can use this concept for everything except for persons. If you say “Der Mann macht Spaß”, it means that he is fun or that he jokes. You cannot express “to be fun” with a person in German the same way as one does in English.
Spaßig sein (to be fun)
This is another way to express that something is fun but to be honest it is not used as much as “Spaß machen”. Still, if you would like to use it, you can do it as follows: “Der Film ist spaßig.”
How to have fun in German
After reading this article, you should be ready to finally have a good time in German :).