Tedesco Lessons


Stop the Exploitation!

In the latest installment of the Pfefferkörner television series, Themba is angry because he feels that the soccer match has been fixed, and he says:


Ich lasse mich für so was nicht benutzen.
I won't let myself be used for something like that.
Caption 22, Die Pfefferkörner: Eigentor


The English verb "to use" can be defined as "exploiting someone to one's own advantage," and the German verb benutzen can be utilized in a similar context. The more direct German verb for "exploit" is ausbeuten, in its adjectival form ausgebeutet:


Mittelfristig will ich, dass wir eine vernünftige Infrastruktur kriegen, in der wir weniger ausgebeutet werden.
Mid-term, I want us to get a sensible infrastructure in which we'll be exploited less.
Captions 28-29, Rhein-Main-TV aktuell: Occupy Frankfurt


So let's hope that instead of being used (benutzt) or exploited (ausgebeutet) that we all are properly appreciated (geschätzt) for what we are:


Das wird vor allem von den jüngeren Gästen geschätzt.
This is especially appreciated by the younger guests.
Caption 41, Reiseland Deutschland: Vielfalt im Herzen Europas


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