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English translation: slow dance

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German term or phrase:schwofen
English translation:slow dance
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21:32 Jul 6, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: schofen
I think it refers to some kind of dance movement.
WGP
slow dancing
Explanation:
I believe you mean SCHWOFEN.

Check google, you'll get 432 hits, e.g.

'... Samstags Tanz-Party. Unser gemütlicher Tanzabend zum Schwofen, Lachen, neue nette Menschen kennenlernen ... '

HTH
Selected response from:

Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 16:42
Grading comment
Yes, thank you. That was my mistake; of course, the word I was looking for is "schwofen". I would love to give you all points, but unfortunately, this is still not possible.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +1danceUlrike Lieder
nasmoochtransatgees
nashuffle
Alexander Schleber
naslow dancingUschi (Ursula) Walke


  

Answers


1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
dance


Explanation:
You're right - it's a rather colloquial term for dancing, primarily slow dancing, although not for any particular dance movement.

I couldn't find any references to substantiate it (it's not even listed in Küpper, Wörterbuch der deutschen Umgangssprache), and no hits on Google, but the term does exist (or at least it used to exist during my university days - we did use it) and it means to dance.

HTH.

Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 22:42
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Marcel: Ulrike is right;it's any kind of slow dancing, no "physical exercise"
2 hrs
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2 hrs
shuffle


Explanation:
Ulrike is largely right. I believe that the word comes from the Dutch "schoffelen", which means to shuffle or jaunt. I have heard the term too in the Rhineland, close to the Dutch border.
To shuffle = schlürfen in High German, and there is a dance step which is called the "Schlürfschritt", a term that is mentioned in the Oxford Duden as a part of the definition of shuffle. And a shuffle itself is of course an American dance.

HTH


    Oxford Duden
Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 07:42
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2340
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5 hrs
slow dancing


Explanation:
I believe you mean SCHWOFEN.

Check google, you'll get 432 hits, e.g.

'... Samstags Tanz-Party. Unser gemütlicher Tanzabend zum Schwofen, Lachen, neue nette Menschen kennenlernen ... '

HTH


    Reference: http://www.henseling.de/events.htm
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 16:42
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492
Grading comment
Yes, thank you. That was my mistake; of course, the word I was looking for is "schwofen". I would love to give you all points, but unfortunately, this is still not possible.
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10 hrs
smooch


Explanation:
Could it be "smooch" = slow dancing, very close to your partner !!


    personal experience (in my youth, I hasten to add !!!!)
transatgees
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:42
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 768
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