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Is "Ich schmecke" a valid phrase?

One of the phrases that came up was “Ich schmecke” with the picture of a chef tasting food. I have been taught that schmecke means “tastes good” and that you should never say “Ich schmecke” because it indicates that YOU are the thing that tastes good. Can you verify this with a native speaker?

Hi Marley,

Thanks for playing Drops and calling our attention to this possible mistake!

We’ll double check this phrase with our translator, and make sure to correct it if necessary, as soon as possible!


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Ich schmecke is indeed not a valid phrase. The chief is tasting food, which would be “ich schmecke ab” - maybe adding more salt to make it taste better.

For yourself, telling someone that you smell good you have to say “ich rieche gut”.

Schmecken happens through your mouth
Riechen happens through your nose

In this case the Infinitiv of the verb would be abschmecken

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We really like how you share your knowledge @axantas ! Much appreciated! :slight_smile:

Thanks for the feedback. I was not sure, whether this kind of input is wanted or not. I hope, the original posters read it. :slight_smile:

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I saw it. Thank you for your help.

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