Lohnt es sich Deutsch zu lernen? Ja, und wie! sich lohnen : to be worth it
From German is Easy blog: Word of the Day . . . Hereś the last segment:
der Lohn is about the idea of compensation, gratification for some sort of work you did and the most common meaning is wage. Definitely a good word to know but what makes it REALLY useful are the related verbs
There are two prefix verbs based on Lohn: entlohnen and belohnen. Entlohnen is some fancy version for to (financially) compensatebut it’s pretty rare and I don’t think it’s worth learning.
Belohnenon the other hand is super useful. Taken our standard be-idea we get “to inflict compensation” or “to put compensation upon someone” and it doesn’t take too much mind bending to get from that to the real meaning: to reward.
Maria belohnt sich für ihren harten Arbeitstag mit Shopping.
Maria rewards herself for her hard working day with shopping.
Now you might be wondering if there’s also a stand-alone verb lohnen. Well, a few hundred years back, it did exist and it simply meant “to compensate someone”. Today, only one version is still in use… sich lohnen.Yeah… German really does love itself some self reference. Literally, sich lohnen means something like “to pay, compensate for itself” and that’s really not too far from the actual meaning… to be worth it.
Das Wort “Lohn” zu lernen lohnt sich.
Lit.: Learning the word Lohn pays, compensates for itself.
I know it might be a little bit tricky to use this, with the weird sich but it’s worth trying… es lohnt sich, es zu versuchen.
And I think that’s it for today. This was our look at the meaning of der Lohn. As always, if you have any question or suggestions or if you want to try out some examples with lohnenand get them corrected, just leave me a comment. I hope you enjoyed it and see you next time. Oh and to really hammer the structure of sich lohnen into your head, here’s a link to a famous old Schlager called “Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht”… viel Spaß :)
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** vocab **
der Lohn – the gratification, wage, reward (for work done) der Mindestlohn – the minimum wage der Stundenlohn – hourly wage die Lohnerhöhung – wage increase
das Gehalt – the salary die Gehaltserhöhung – the pay raise das Einstiegsgehalt – the entry wage/starting salary die Gehaltsvorstellungen – the salary expectation (often asked in job offers)
sich lohnen – to be worth it, to be a good deal lohnend – lucrative
belohnen – reward die Belohnung – the reward (a bit like a price)
entlohnen – compensate (financially, rare and formal)