With plenty of suggestions from our readers on Twitter, The Local List looks at 12 brilliant German words.
Some take a whole sentence to translate, others can't be put into English, while some of the 12 are just there because of the way they sound.
All should be learnt by anyone wishing to show they have truly mastered German.
We asked our readers on Twitter for their favourite German words. Here are some of the responses:
@TheLocalGermany Himmelkreuzdonnerwetter has to be the best!— Kyffer Cartwright (@kyfferc) July 22, 2014
@TheLocalGermany Favorite German word: rechnung. Captures that sinking feeling of confronting a large dinner bill after a good meal.— Gregory Broome (@broomestripes) July 22, 2014
@TheLocalGermany As an engineer, I really love Geschwindigkeitsdreiecke.— Russ LaBarca (@RussHDH) July 22, 2014
@TheLocalGermany Ruehren. The English can't pronounce it.— Old Holborn (@TurboHolborn) July 22, 2014