Anyone trying to master the German language needs a bit of help along the way. After all, Mark Twain said that God created eternity so that people could learn German. We aren’t quite so pessimistic, though.
Sure, reading through the articles below isn’t going to make you a fluent German speaker. But that’s not really the point. Our writers have all learned German as a second language themselves, and have based these articles on their own experiences of doing so. Some offer useful tips on how to practise the language, others are funny observations of the quirky side of German.
German is famous for its long compound nouns and logical word formations, but it isn't always that straight-forward. These words have no exact English translation but can you decipher what they really mean?