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: Lebkuchen

Dec 12, 2014 | Germany.info

You've probably had it - or know what it is; Lebkuchen is a German delicacy commonly found at German-style Christmas markets, as well as other festivals and events. But do you know the origins of the word Lebkuchen? They can be traced back hundreds of years!

Word of the Week: Schneidersitz

Dec 5, 2014 | Germany.info

When you're sitting cross-legged, what do you call that position? The English language lacks a noun to describe it, but in German, that's the so-called Schneidersitz ("tailor's sitting position").

Word of the Week: Pustekuchen

Nov 28, 2014 | Germany.info

What do you say when someone tells you that they're going to fly to another country tomorrow, even though a heavy blizzard is underway? "Yeah right!", "nonsense!" or (sarcastically with an eye-roll) "Ya think?" But in German, the response to an unbelievable opinion is Pustekuchen!

Word of the Week: Sauwetter

Nov 21, 2014 | Germany.info

Look outside, what do you see? If it's grey, rainy and cold, you're experiencing what Germans would call Sauwetter - a term for lousy weather! Directly translated, however, Sauwetter means "pig weather". Cloudy with a chance of... pigs? Not exactly.

Word of the Week: Plattenbau

Nov 14, 2014 | Germany.info

If you've ever visited East Germany during the Cold War, you probably saw a lot of grey, cheaply-built apartment buildings that might have made you feel depressed. This sort of building is what Germans referred to as Plattenbau - a structure made up of prefabricated concrete slabs. Basically, an inexpensive structure with very little originality.

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