Word of the Week

Every Friday, Germany.info and The Week in Germany highlight a different "Word of the Week" in the German language that may serve to surprise, delight or just plain perplex native English speakers.

Word of the Week: Lebensabschnittsgefährte

May 22, 2015 | Germany.info

German is known for having long, complicated words that are difficult to pronounce. And here's another one for your vocabulary: Lebensabschnittsgefährte! This word closely resembles Lebensgefährte, w...

Word of the Week: Milchmädchenrechnung

May 14, 2015 | Germany.info

A Milchmädchenrechnung (literally "a milk maid's account") is a naive calculation. In English, we might say it is the result of counting the chickens before they've hatched.

Word of the Week: Witzbold

May 8, 2015 | Germany.info

Germans are often stereotyped as being "too serious" and often accused of lacking a sense of humor. A German Witzbold, however, contradicts all of these stereotypes.

Word of the Week: Musterknabe

May 1, 2015 | Germany.info

We've all met them, and unless you're one of them, you probably find them highly annoying: Musterknaben. These "perfect" children are highly disciplined, educated and polite, and you'll usually find them charming teachers and parents.

Word of the Week: Kopfkino

Apr 24, 2015 | Germany.info

Does your imagination run wild? Do you think up detailed stories in your head? Maybe you've got a Kopfkino!

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