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: 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!

Word of the Week: Katzensprung

Apr 17, 2015 | Germany.info

The German word Katzensprung means "a cat's leap" and is used to describe something that is very close by. The closest English equivalent would be the phrase "a stone's throw away".

Word of the Week: Sitzriese

Apr 10, 2015 | Germany.info

Have you ever been to a movie theater and found yourself seated behind the tallest person in the room? This person's head was probably blocking your view, leaving you frustrated throughout the film. In German, there's a special word for this kind of person: Sitzriese ("seated giant")!

Word of the Week: Kurschatten

Apr 2, 2015 | Germany.info

If you've got health ailments, back problems, crippling stress or some other reason that requires a place of recovery, you might want to check into Kur - a German health spa or resort. But by doing so, you run the risk of finding a so-called Kurschatten.

Word of the Week: Strohwitwe

Mar 27, 2015 | Germany.info

If someone calls themselves a Strohwitwe, they're probably feeling lonely. A "straw widow" is someone who has been temporarily left alone by her partner.

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