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: Taschenbuch

Oct 21, 2016 | Germany.info

In honor of the Frankfurt Book Fair, let's take a look at a word you'll be hearing constantly at the fair: Taschenbuch.

Word of the Week: Rabenmutter

Oct 14, 2016 | Germany.info

Is your mother a Rabenmutter ("raven mother")? Let's hope not! A Rabenmutter is known to neglect or abandon her children.

Word of the Week: Kaffeefahrt

Oct 7, 2016 | Germany.info

Although the German word Kaffeefahrt might make you think of a relaxing outing with lots of coffee, it can actually be quite stressful. Passengers who get lured into doing a Kaffeefahrt may be surprised to find out what's in store for them.

Word of the Week: Gießkannenprinzip

Sep 30, 2016 | Germany.info

Germans have a word for everything! The term Gießkannenprinzip means "watering can principle". Like a watering can distributes water evenly, the Gießkannenprinzip describes sitations where something (often money) is distributed evenly, regardless of the situation.

Word of the Week: Hackenporsche

Sep 23, 2016 | Germany.info

Have you ever seen an elderly individual pull their groceries home in a shopping scooter? In German, that's a so-called Hackenporsche!

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