10 regional German words that will make you sound like a local
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10 regional German words that will make you sound like a local

These words will come in handy when you're exploring Germany. And if you can get them right, you'll sound like a local.

Eight unique words and phrases that tell us something about Germany
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Eight unique words and phrases that tell us something about Germany

German word of the day: Hochnäsig

German word of the day: Hochnäsig

German word of the day: Gell

German word of the day: Gell

Ten German abbreviations that will have you texting like a true native

Ten German abbreviations that will have you texting like a true native

What you need to know about Germany’s four minority languages

What you need to know about Germany’s four minority languages

EXPLAINED: The German phrases you need as bars and restaurants reopen
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EXPLAINED: The German phrases you need as bars and restaurants reopen

From Moin to Tach: How to say ‘hello’ around Germany
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From Moin to Tach: How to say ‘hello’ around Germany

Pfälzisch: A guide to the distinct dialect of Rhineland-Palatinate

Pfälzisch: A guide to the distinct dialect of Rhineland-Palatinate

10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations

10 German words with simply hilarious literal translations

How (and when) to swear like a German
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How (and when) to swear like a German

Borders to cucumbers: Five German words that come from Polish

Borders to cucumbers: Five German words that come from Polish

Nine things Germans have way too many words for

Nine things Germans have way too many words for

Six celebrities you didn’t know spoke German

Six celebrities you didn’t know spoke German

German word of the day: Hinkriegen

German word of the day: Hinkriegen

10 English words you didn’t know we pinched from German
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10 English words you didn’t know we pinched from German

8 German words that are impossible to translate into English
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8 German words that are impossible to translate into English

Eight of the most common (and funniest) mistakes German learners make
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Eight of the most common (and funniest) mistakes German learners make

The German words and phrases you need to know to survive the holidays

The German words and phrases you need to know to survive the holidays

Tell us: What’s your favourite German word?
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Tell us: What’s your favourite German word?

Seven English words Germans get hilariously wrong
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Seven English words Germans get hilariously wrong

From cheering to sneezing: Why Americans still use ‘Gesundheit’

From cheering to sneezing: Why Americans still use ‘Gesundheit’

Seven German words which stem from Arabic

Seven German words which stem from Arabic

German word of the day: Der Bildungsurlaub

German word of the day: Der Bildungsurlaub

Essential phrases and customs to survive the German winter

Essential phrases and customs to survive the German winter

How the German language differed between East and West

How the German language differed between East and West

What are the most fascinating German words that no longer exist?

What are the most fascinating German words that no longer exist?

From Lockdown to Influencer: Which words have been added to the German dictionary in 2020?

From Lockdown to Influencer: Which words have been added to the German dictionary in 2020?

Where in the world are more people learning German?

Where in the world are more people learning German?

Wikipedia reaches one million German entries

Wikipedia reaches one million German entries

‘Abwrackprämie’ named word of the year

‘Abwrackprämie’ named word of the year

Twitter introduces German service

Twitter introduces German service

EXPLAINED: The rise in multilingual children in Germany
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EXPLAINED: The rise in multilingual children in Germany

The complete guide to German animal-themed phrases
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The complete guide to German animal-themed phrases

How do Germans compare to the rest of Europe when it comes to speaking English?

How do Germans compare to the rest of Europe when it comes to speaking English?

ANALYSIS: How the English language will change after Brexit

ANALYSIS: How the English language will change after Brexit

Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages

Five reasons English speakers struggle to learn foreign languages

Are Germans really rude or just avoiding politeness overload?
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Are Germans really rude or just avoiding politeness overload?

6.2 million in Germany ‘cannot read or write German properly’

6.2 million in Germany ‘cannot read or write German properly’

German word of the day: ‘Frühlingsmüdigkeit’

German word of the day: ‘Frühlingsmüdigkeit’

From Fräulein to the gender star: Germany’s language revolution
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From Fräulein to the gender star: Germany’s language revolution

German word of the day: Fisimatenten

German word of the day: Fisimatenten

How ‘Kiezdeutsch’ is enriching rather than threatening German

How ‘Kiezdeutsch’ is enriching rather than threatening German

How Martin Luther gave Germans a language everyone could use

How Martin Luther gave Germans a language everyone could use

German Word of the Day: Das Sprachgefühl

German Word of the Day: Das Sprachgefühl

Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English
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Ten words that sound prettier in German than in English

9 uniquely German gestures and noises that need explaining

9 uniquely German gestures and noises that need explaining

German word of the day: Fesch

German word of the day: Fesch

How German has completely fuddled up my English (and how I’ve dealt with it)
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How German has completely fuddled up my English (and how I’ve dealt with it)

The German words we use every day – that are actually French

The German words we use every day – that are actually French

The Israeli intellectuals making Berlin more Hebrew than ever before

The Israeli intellectuals making Berlin more Hebrew than ever before

‘Using language apps won’t get your German skills where you need them’
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‘Using language apps won’t get your German skills where you need them’

Nerdy flowers to alcoholic birds: the 12 most colourful German insults

Nerdy flowers to alcoholic birds: the 12 most colourful German insults

Nine German words that perfectly sum up being in your 30s
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Nine German words that perfectly sum up being in your 30s

The real meanings behind German words that are used in English
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The real meanings behind German words that are used in English

The 10 false friends Germans and English speakers keep muddling up

The 10 false friends Germans and English speakers keep muddling up

‘An enrichment of German language:’ ‘influencer’ is Anglicism of the Year

‘An enrichment of German language:’ ‘influencer’ is Anglicism of the Year

This is the German youth word of the year for 2020

This is the German youth word of the year for 2020

German word of the day: Das Paradebeispiel

German word of the day: Das Paradebeispiel

These things about the German language still make no sense to me
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These things about the German language still make no sense to me

‘Jamaika-Aus’ voted German Word of the Year for 2017

‘Jamaika-Aus’ voted German Word of the Year for 2017

German teens pick misspelling of ‘I am’ as coolest word of the year

German teens pick misspelling of ‘I am’ as coolest word of the year

Intercultural education: the future of schooling
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Intercultural education: the future of schooling

New Twitter rule will finally allow Germans to use more than three words, jokes Foreign Office

New Twitter rule will finally allow Germans to use more than three words, jokes Foreign Office

10 mistakes English teachers in Germany are sick of hearing
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10 mistakes English teachers in Germany are sick of hearing

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

These are the very longest words in the German language

These are the very longest words in the German language

Is too much English spoken in Berlin restaurants?

Is too much English spoken in Berlin restaurants?

Selfie, Fake News and Tablet added to German language in new dictionary

Selfie, Fake News and Tablet added to German language in new dictionary

How I stopped worrying and learned German in six months

How I stopped worrying and learned German in six months

After century of dispute, the German alphabet just got a new character

After century of dispute, the German alphabet just got a new character

If you know these 10 things, you’re a German grammar master

If you know these 10 things, you’re a German grammar master

The new German slang that has older folks scratching their heads

The new German slang that has older folks scratching their heads

Six German words you’ll need to know this summer

Six German words you’ll need to know this summer

10 genius quotes that get to the heart of the German language

10 genius quotes that get to the heart of the German language

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean

‘Traitor of the people’ is Germany’s worst word of 2016: Here’s why

‘Traitor of the people’ is Germany’s worst word of 2016: Here’s why

12 words and phrases you need to survive in Hamburg
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12 words and phrases you need to survive in Hamburg

Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon

Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon

Here’s how to make the most of Thanksgiving in Germany

Here’s how to make the most of Thanksgiving in Germany

German teens pick 90s term as ‘cool new word of 2016’

German teens pick 90s term as ‘cool new word of 2016’

How Germans can’t stop using English’s filthiest words

How Germans can’t stop using English’s filthiest words

Here’s where Germans speak the best (and worst) English

Here’s where Germans speak the best (and worst) English

10 ways learning German completely ruins your English

10 ways learning German completely ruins your English

Can you tell a Bavarian dialect from a north German one?

Can you tell a Bavarian dialect from a north German one?

The one German word English speakers need this winter

The one German word English speakers need this winter

Why German babies cry differently to Chinese ones

Why German babies cry differently to Chinese ones

15 ways to recognize you’ll never quite master German

15 ways to recognize you’ll never quite master German

German word of the day: Die Sternstunde

German word of the day: Die Sternstunde

10 famous Germans with surnames that have ridiculous literal meanings
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10 famous Germans with surnames that have ridiculous literal meanings

Six easy ways to boost your German skills now

Six easy ways to boost your German skills now

15 Bavarian words you need to survive down south
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15 Bavarian words you need to survive down south

These 9 German words perfectly sum up being in your 20s
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These 9 German words perfectly sum up being in your 20s

The 6 German words you need to know for spring

The 6 German words you need to know for spring

Sophie and Max: German classics top baby name list

Sophie and Max: German classics top baby name list

QUIZ: How well do you know German phrases?

QUIZ: How well do you know German phrases?

Germans love English adverts – but don’t understand them

Germans love English adverts – but don’t understand them

When is it right to address a colleague as ‘Du’?

When is it right to address a colleague as ‘Du’?

German word of the day: Der Kaffeeklatsch

German word of the day: Der Kaffeeklatsch

8 German tongue-twisters to leave your mouth in knots

8 German tongue-twisters to leave your mouth in knots

‘Short German’ text speak spares you from grammar

‘Short German’ text speak spares you from grammar

‘Do-gooder’ named ‘worst word of the year’

‘Do-gooder’ named ‘worst word of the year’

The 10 weirdest German words that don’t exist

The 10 weirdest German words that don’t exist

Using German to express our weirdest fears

Using German to express our weirdest fears

The German time capsule in the heart of Texas

The German time capsule in the heart of Texas

12 signs you’ve mastered the German language

12 signs you’ve mastered the German language

Germany slips out of global top ten in English

Germany slips out of global top ten in English

Are you a typical expat living in Germany?

Are you a typical expat living in Germany?

Could German language be forgotten in France?

Could German language be forgotten in France?

Germans stay traditional with 2014 baby names

Germans stay traditional with 2014 baby names

German is world’s fourth most popular language

German is world’s fourth most popular language

Nine brilliant quotes about speaking German

Nine brilliant quotes about speaking German

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Court decision could prompt migration reform

Speaking German – 8 celebs you didn’t know were fluent

Speaking German – 8 celebs you didn’t know were fluent

Translation error leads to refugee evacuation

Translation error leads to refugee evacuation

Indian schools drop German teaching

Indian schools drop German teaching

Quiz: Put your German skills to the test

Quiz: Put your German skills to the test

One in four EU school pupils take German

One in four EU school pupils take German

Ten noises that sound very different in German

Ten noises that sound very different in German

Ten German words you’ll never want to hear again

Ten German words you’ll never want to hear again

Top ten reasons to learn German

Top ten reasons to learn German

‘Language sets north Germans apart’

‘Language sets north Germans apart’

The best words in Austrian German

The best words in Austrian German

German words – the 12 best words in the German language

German words – the 12 best words in the German language

Learning German – the top 12 embarrassing beginner’s mistakes

Learning German – the top 12 embarrassing beginner’s mistakes

How to understand the north Germans

How to understand the north Germans

Bill Bailey’s lyrical love affair with German

Bill Bailey’s lyrical love affair with German

‘The only way to fight Denglisch is with English’

‘The only way to fight Denglisch is with English’

‘I du not Sie the point of the German you’

‘I du not Sie the point of the German you’

German word of the day: Die Sturmfrisur

German word of the day: Die Sturmfrisur

German word of the day: Der Miesepeter

German word of the day: Der Miesepeter

German word of the day: Die Schokoladenseite

German word of the day: Die Schokoladenseite

German word of the day: Blauäugig

German word of the day: Blauäugig

German phrase of the day: Nach und nach

German phrase of the day: Nach und nach

Ten more untranslatable German words

Ten more untranslatable German words

‘If you want an adventure, learn a language’

‘If you want an adventure, learn a language’

‘Gate’ named Germany’s English word of the year

‘Gate’ named Germany’s English word of the year

‘Denglisch is for losers, it has to stop’

‘Denglisch is for losers, it has to stop’

‘GroKo’ named German word of the year

‘GroKo’ named German word of the year

Turkish word wins German slang award

Turkish word wins German slang award

Bavarian is Germany’s sexiest dialect – poll

Bavarian is Germany’s sexiest dialect – poll

Spaniards stranded in fake German job scandal

Spaniards stranded in fake German job scandal

Top ten über-long German words

Top ten über-long German words

Only a few Germans say their English is good

Only a few Germans say their English is good

Spaniards queue nine hours to learn German

Spaniards queue nine hours to learn German

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Let’s drop the Angst about Anglicisms

German firms ditch umlauts for global trade

German firms ditch umlauts for global trade

‘Shitstorm’ becomes official German word

‘Shitstorm’ becomes official German word

Deutsche Bahn ditches bad English for German

Deutsche Bahn ditches bad English for German

Uni switches to feminine professor titles for men

Uni switches to feminine professor titles for men

Ten German body parts

Ten German body parts

Ten German words with double meanings

Ten German words with double meanings

Law change kills 63-letter longest German word

Law change kills 63-letter longest German word

More migrant kids need help with German

More migrant kids need help with German

Twelve English words made up by Germans

Twelve English words made up by Germans

‘Speaking German gives you an edge’

‘Speaking German gives you an edge’

Bear or bunny? Top German lover’s names

Bear or bunny? Top German lover’s names

‘Victim subscription’ worst phrase of 2012

‘Victim subscription’ worst phrase of 2012

Finance minister admits his English isn’t good

Finance minister admits his English isn’t good

Woman ordered to learn German after 30 years

Woman ordered to learn German after 30 years

‘Racy’ song upsets Kiwis in national German exam

‘Racy’ song upsets Kiwis in national German exam

How to integrate successfully in Germany
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How to integrate successfully in Germany

More Italians learning German in crisis

More Italians learning German in crisis

Language trouble behind many medical mishaps

Language trouble behind many medical mishaps

English ‘YOLO’ voted top German youth word

English ‘YOLO’ voted top German youth word

Business Brief: Expolingua Berlin 2012 – a fair for linguistic diversity
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Business Brief: Expolingua Berlin 2012 – a fair for linguistic diversity

Top 10 German words in English

Top 10 German words in English

Teens hit Frankfurt for language Olympics

Teens hit Frankfurt for language Olympics

Germany ‘best EU state for migrant job hunters’

Germany ‘best EU state for migrant job hunters’

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English

Funniest mistakes the English make in German

Funniest mistakes the English make in German

Foreign students ‘should learn German’

Foreign students ‘should learn German’

Funniest mistakes Germans make in English

Funniest mistakes Germans make in English

German words – great ones you just don’t find in English

German words – great ones you just don’t find in English

German bunny-based phrases for Easter

German bunny-based phrases for Easter

Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex
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Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex

Frozen falling faeces flummox Germans

Frozen falling faeces flummox Germans

Carousing at Cologne carnival – now in English

Carousing at Cologne carnival – now in English

Shitstorm ‘best English gift to German language’

Shitstorm ‘best English gift to German language’

‘Kebab-Murders’ called ‘worst word of 2011’

‘Kebab-Murders’ called ‘worst word of 2011’

Top ten German sayings

Top ten German sayings

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year

Goethe Institute sees surging interest in German

Goethe Institute sees surging interest in German

Should more be done to protect German?

Should more be done to protect German?

‘Youth Word of the Year’ shows ‘problem’ of trendy English

‘Youth Word of the Year’ shows ‘problem’ of trendy English

Schlecker man insults customers’ intelligence

Schlecker man insults customers’ intelligence

Fewer people abroad learn German

Fewer people abroad learn German

Telekom boss wins ‘award’ for abusing the German language

Telekom boss wins ‘award’ for abusing the German language

Duden publishes special ‘new German’ dictionary

Duden publishes special ‘new German’ dictionary

Lonely Star State: Texan Germans dwindling

Lonely Star State: Texan Germans dwindling

German faces stiff competition for US language students

German faces stiff competition for US language students

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting

Expat’s language essay wins her a trip to Brussels

Expat’s language essay wins her a trip to Brussels

Matthäus’ foul-mouthed ‘Loddar-speak’ becomes web hit

Matthäus’ foul-mouthed ‘Loddar-speak’ becomes web hit

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English

‘Wutbürger’ named word of the year

‘Wutbürger’ named word of the year

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names

Minorities call for their languages to be constitutionally enshrined

Minorities call for their languages to be constitutionally enshrined

Family Ministry launches early language initiative for day care

Family Ministry launches early language initiative for day care

US students scramble for business German courses

US students scramble for business German courses

The longest last name in Germany? Ottovordemgentschenfelde

The longest last name in Germany? Ottovordemgentschenfelde

Language group slams Deutsche Telekom for English terms

Language group slams Deutsche Telekom for English terms

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio

Germany’s humour crisis

Germany’s humour crisis

The Local launches America’s News in British English

The Local launches America’s News in British English

Campaign kicks off for German language revival

Campaign kicks off for German language revival

Giving English the big kiss-off

Giving English the big kiss-off

‘Marie’ and ‘Maximilian’ top Germany’s 2009 baby name list

‘Marie’ and ‘Maximilian’ top Germany’s 2009 baby name list

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English

Software glitch renders parking ‘verboten’ at UK garage

Software glitch renders parking ‘verboten’ at UK garage

‘Works-council-infested’ named as ‘non-word’ of 2009

‘Works-council-infested’ named as ‘non-word’ of 2009

Study finds babies cry in German

Study finds babies cry in German

Twitter calls for help with the German tongue

Twitter calls for help with the German tongue

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question

World’s first language festival begins in Bremen

World’s first language festival begins in Bremen

New Duden dictionary adds 5,000 words

New Duden dictionary adds 5,000 words

This is how French has influenced the German language

This is how French has influenced the German language

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

Court upholds triple surname ban

Court upholds triple surname ban

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales

German word of the day: Die Zukunftsmusik

German word of the day: Die Zukunftsmusik

Thirteen languages face extinction

Thirteen languages face extinction

Integrating the German way

Integrating the German way

Scholarly German dying out

Scholarly German dying out

Schools flunk early English instruction

Schools flunk early English instruction

Linguists pick ‘needy banks’ as panned German phrase of 2008

Linguists pick ‘needy banks’ as panned German phrase of 2008

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year

German business leaders shunning English terms

German business leaders shunning English terms

Preserving German expressions and dialects for posterity

Preserving German expressions and dialects for posterity

Meet Germany’s new letter, the big ‘ß’

Meet Germany’s new letter, the big ‘ß’

Jeers for North Rhine- Westphalia’s new English slogan

Jeers for North Rhine- Westphalia’s new English slogan

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’

‘Tollpatsch’ crowned best loanword in German

‘Tollpatsch’ crowned best loanword in German

German word of the day: Der Vorführeffekt

German word of the day: Der Vorführeffekt

No war metaphors: How Germany’s politicians talk about the coronavirus pandemic

No war metaphors: How Germany’s politicians talk about the coronavirus pandemic

12 brilliant German words you won’t find in English
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12 brilliant German words you won’t find in English

Nine tasty German food and drink idioms

Nine tasty German food and drink idioms

German kids mock Merkel with fave word

German kids mock Merkel with fave word

Germans want more German in the EU

Germans want more German in the EU

Top tasty Teutonic treats

Top tasty Teutonic treats

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more

Germans learn foreign languages while foreigners shun German

Germans learn foreign languages while foreigners shun German

CDU wants German as official language

CDU wants German as official language

Merkel attacks English word invasion

Merkel attacks English word invasion