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. Access our archive here!

Word of the Week: Geheimratsecke

Oct 20, 2017 | Germany.info

Are you worried about your receding hairline around the temples? Have no fear - the Germans have a beautiful word for it!

Word of the Week: schmökern

Oct 13, 2017 | Germany.info

With the Frankfurt Book Fair currently underway, let's take a look at a unique German word loved by avid readers: schmökern.

Word of the Week: Herzblut

Oct 6, 2017 | Germany.info

Have you found the job of your dreams? Are you working with Herzblut every single day? You don't need to be in the medical field to work with Herzblut. Anyone with passion, drive and enthusiasm for their work has it!

Word of the Week: kalter Kaffee

Sep 29, 2017 | Germany.info
Kalter Kaffee der Deutschen Bahn AG

No one wants to drink old coffee, and no one wants to hear old news. If someone tells you something you have already heard, you can tell them that's kalter Kaffee!

Word of the Week: faule Socke

Sep 22, 2017 | Germany.info
faule Socke

Do you have to tell your spouse to clean the dishes a million times before they do it? Or maybe they don't help you at all. If that's the case, you may be living with a faule Socke - a "lazy sock".

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