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: Wiesn

Sep 26, 2014 | Germany.info
"Horse race at the Oktoberfest in Munich 1823," H. Adam

Are you going to Oktoberfest or to the Wiesn? Well, if you're going to one, you're also going to the other: the word Wiesn is basically a synonym for Oktoberfest!

Word of the Week: Zwangsumtausch

Sep 19, 2014 | Germany.info
Deutsche Mark

No one likes to be forced to do anything, especially when it comes to spending money. But in 1964, the East German government began a policy known colloquially as the Zwangsumtausch ("forceful exchange of money").

Word of the Week: Geisterbahnhof

Sep 12, 2014 | Germany.info
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The word Geisterbahnhof means "ghost train station" - and as its translation implies, it signifies an empty or out-of-service station that gives off a ghostly vibe. This word originated during the Cold War, when so-called "ghost stations" arose in Berlin's public transportation system.

Word of the Week: Stacheldrahtsonntag

Sep 5, 2014 | Germany.info
Stacheldraht

The events of August 13, 1961 brought a new word into the German language: Stacheldrahtsonntag, which means "Barbed Wire Sunday".

Word of the Week: Eselsbrücke

Aug 29, 2014 | Germany.info
Eselsbrücke

Do you have a hard time remembering information, whether you're studying for a biology test or trying to remember an address? In German, a trick that helps you retain information is called an Eselsbrücke - which literally translates to "donkey bridge."

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