German Language/only and just


Grüss Gott!
How do you say only in German?
An example: From now on we will only be speaking German?

And how do you say just in German?
An example: Don't worry, it's just a dog?

Hell Hank,

thank you for your question, and I am very sorry for taking quite a while for answering.

In fact, in both examples you sent me, you would use "nur" in German.

The first sentence would translate as:
Ab jetzt sprechen wir nur noch deutsch.

The second example would be translated as:
Keine Sorge, es ist nur ein Hund.

However, in other context, mainly in those that refer to time, you can also use erst in German.
Example: It was only seven o'clock when we came home.

Translation: Es war erst sieben Uhr als wir nach Hause kamen.

I hope this helps

Kind regards

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