What does "Küssen bei Sympathie" mean? The English translation doesn't make sense.

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    There's by far not enough context in this question to be able to answer.
    – tofro
    Feb 20, 2021 at 8:31
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    If the English translation doesn't make sense you must have translated wrong. Note that German Sympathie and English sympathy are false friends: dwds.de/wb/Sympathie Bei is also troublesome (see under II.3): dwds.de/wb/bei#d-1-1-2
    – David Vogt
    Feb 20, 2021 at 9:41
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    Which English translation doesn't make sense?
    – Carsten S
    Feb 20, 2021 at 11:26

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Sympathie affection, fondness; goodwill

You sentence seems to come from the context of sex workers offering services in advertisements. There, küssen bei Sympathie means that the prostitute is willing to kiss you if (s)he feels comfortable with you and/or likes you and/or you appear well-groomed and "clean".

Here is a Spiegel article that uses the phrase in the title of an article on prostitution during the "Corona crisis": "Küssen bei Sympathie": Warum Prostituierte trotz Corona arbeiten – und wie

Other Google finds lead to punter forums and ads by prostitutes that I don't want to link here. You can easily find them yourself.


Both Sympathie and sympathy come from the greek word συμπάθεια, meaning having an emotionally positive stance for someone, or showing them love (preference if you will).

Just like in Greek, Sympathie in German means affection and love for someone. A synonym for that in German would be die Zuneigung (Sg.).

The fact that the English translate to sorrow for someone's misfortune, is because through the translation the actual meaning has been altered.

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    I find this a bit misleading. "Sympathie" isn't more than just appreciation for a person. "Having an emotionally positive stance for someone" is quite a fitting description. "Zuneigung" and "affection" are a bit stronger imo. "Love" is definitively a much stronger word and not a synonym at all.
    – HalvarF
    Feb 22, 2021 at 7:40

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