Just looking for a nice succinct way to say these terms in German:

worth a read


worth a listen (video).

Can I say lesenswert?

*Sadly this isn’t in a dictionary as it is a phrase. Dictionaries give you individual words and I am searching English to German, not the other way around. I got lesenswert from Google Translate and you can’t trust these 100 % completely so I wanted to ask to verify.

  • Dictionary doesn't translate terms or sentences - unfair to down vote based on that.
    – cheznead
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 12:57
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    Another note: A video will most likely be worth a watch ;)
    – Jan
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 13:04
  • dict.leo.org/dictQuery/m-vocab/ende/… finds It's worth reading with a translation. (cc @Jan)
    – chirlu
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 13:08
  • Look up worth and you'll find it. You also get "worth knowing/seeing/considering/living/mentioning/..."
    – Em1
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 19:52
  • Am I the only one who finds a subtle difference between "worth reading" and "worth a read" etc.? The latter form seems more casual to me, not quite as committed. "Give it a try" (the attempt doesn't cost much) vs."try it" (it's worth it). With "try" one can carry that into German ("einen Versuch wert" (but maybe not another) vs. "versuchenswert"); with "worth a read" I don't see how to distinguish it. Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 22:51

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Generally every worth a something expression can be (more or less idiomatically) translated to something-wert in German. So a site, a video or a picture can be sehenswert, a book or an article can be lesenswert and a song can be hörenswert.

Unfortunately, it gets less idiomatic very quickly. So if something is worth a try, it would be a strech to say versuchenswert (but the word would nonetheless be understood). And attempting a worth a buy as kaufenswert is too far removed to actually work. The gist would still be understood, but you would get a ‘what the heck are you trying to say?’-look.

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    There are a few hits for versuchenswert (even in books), though einen Versuch wert is of course more idiomatic. Kaufenswert, on the other hand, is quite common.
    – chirlu
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 14:21
  • @chirlu okay, erm ... give me a better example >_<'
    – Jan
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 14:56

Yes, lesenswert and sehenswert are what your dictionary will suggest.

  • Sadly this isn't in a dictionary as it is a phrase. I got it from google translate and you can't trust these 100% completely so I wanted to ask to verify.
    – cheznead
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 12:56
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    @shinninja Both words can be found in a German or a German to English dictionary.
    – Crissov
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 13:06
  • 'worth a read' cannot. 'worth' and 'read' yes, but not 'worth a read'. I didn't know about Leo and use a print dictionary ;)
    – cheznead
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 13:11
  • @shinninja, since you had already found it, you could have looked up lesenswert in a dictionary.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 14:18
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    @shinninja: Good paper dictionaries list phrases, too.
    – chirlu
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 14:22

dict.cc is a great resource (not sure if you tried it, but just in case).

This is what I pulled from that: http://www.dict.cc/?s=worth+a+try

Of course, that only helps if there is a distinct noun for what you're declaring as worth. I'm not sure if "Eine Lesung wert" or "Eine Anhoerung wert" sounds natural in German.

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    No, the -ung versions do not sound natural at all. One could use -en infinitives instead: ein Lesen wert, ein Anhören wert. However, that will still sound strange in many a situation.
    – Crissov
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 5:38
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    Lesung und Anhörung bedeuten etwas ganz anderes als etwas zu lesen bzw anzuhören: eine Lesung gibt es in der Kirche (lecture), und eine Anhörung vor Gericht (official hearing). Wenn Du Lesung und Anhörung im Sinne der Frage verwendest, verdrehst Du die Bedeutung.
    – Robert
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 20:30

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