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German word of the day: Das Kaiserwetter

Today’s word of the day describes the magnificent sunshine that much of Germany and larger Europe has unexpectedly experienced these past few February days.

German word of the day: Das Kaiserwetter

Literally meaning “emperor weather,” Das Kaiserwetter more colloquially refers to those days of glorious sunshine, blue skies, and comfortable temperatures.

In other words, it’s weather perfect for an emperor.

Das Kaiserwetter has its origins in Austria. Kaiser Franz Josef’s birthday, the August 18th, was often bright and cloudless.

Other sources say the term also gained traction to refer to the perfect weather at events where German Kaiser Wilhelm II was present.

Over the weekend, many took to Twitter to greet the glorious Kaiserweather that emerged around Germany. One user put a picture of Schloss Blutenburg on the banks of river Würm in Bavaria.

Another user pointed out the Kaiserwetter in Oberhausen in Germany's Ruhr region, where temperatures reached upwards of 20C this past weekend.

The sunny skies stretched around the Bundesrepublik. An outdoor pool in Baden-Württemberg, in fact, will be opening its doors this Friday to usher in this springtime weather.

While Das Kaiserwetter has no plural, one sure hopes to experience many days of Das Kaiserwetter in a year.

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GERMAN WORD OF THE DAY

German word of the day: Isso

Perhaps you've seen this word on social media and you're not sure what it means. Let us explain...

German word of the day: Isso

Why do I need to know isso?

Because it’s a nice colloquial expression to use if you’re feeling a little lazy since it combines a few words. It was also one of Germany’s favourite youth words back in 2016, although it’s definitely not particularly cool anymore and is used by all ages

What does it mean?

Isso is derived from the statement: ist so (short for es ist so) meaning ‘it’s like this’ or ‘it is so’ in English. When used as a response to someone’s statement, it usually means you completely agree. A good translation is: ‘right on!’, yes, that’s exactly right!’ or ‘it’s true!’.

You can also use the expression yourself to emphasise your thought. In this case you’d add it on at the end of your sentence. You often find isso used on Twitter, when someone is quoting a Tweet.

It can also be used in a more downbeat form accompanied by the shrugging of your shoulders. In this case you’re saying isso, because it can’t be helped, it’s the way it is. 

Use it like this: 

– Wir müssen gegen steigende Mietpreise in Berlin demonstrieren.

– Isso! 

– We have to protest against rising rents in Berlin. 

– That’s exactly right!

Frauen sind die besten Autofahrer, isso!

Women are the best drivers, it’s true.

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