How do I say

I like hanging out with friends

in German? I'm having trouble with the verb "hang out" in this meaning. From the dictionary, there are meanings of shirts/tongue hanging out, resisting etc. which are not what I'm looking for.

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Amongst young people, the word is abhängen, which connotes that you spend a lot of time with your friends (e.g. in the playground) but that you usually do nothing meaningful (except for maintaining your relationships).

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    for sure you go to the playground for that....
    – Vogel612
    Sep 22, 2013 at 20:36
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    Some words about the difference using the prepositons mit or bei may be needed to make this answer complete (this is meant for the case we link to this question in the future too).
    – Takkat
    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:54
  • Can i get an example, because i'm a little confused.
    – user21824
    May 24, 2016 at 18:57
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    @Vogel612: I do know some local playgrounds that are, in the evening, occupied by drinking youths rather than the children the playgrounds are meant for. May 25, 2016 at 6:50
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    – Philipp
    Sep 27, 2017 at 20:21

In my impression the words abhängen and rumhängen have been replaced by chillen. People in their twenties and older may still use abhängen and rumhängen (especially when talking about teens), but teens seem to use chillen much more often. I even think that abhängen and rumhängen sound pretty oldfashioned to teens (like knorke was oldfashioned and replaced by cool and so on…).


I would say it's "Mit Freunden herumhängen", so "Ich mag es mit Freunden herumzuhängen". Yes, we use the same kind of words.

We even use the term "herumchillen" for that purpose, though that is more common among the youth. Since you would use this only among the youth, you may use it as well that. But keep in mind that it's very informal.

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