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: Eselsbrücke

Aug 29, 2014 | Germany.info

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."

Word of the Week: Blaumachen

Aug 22, 2014 | Germany.info

Do you ever wake up and feel a little blue? Maybe you're tempted to skip work or school. Well, Germans have a unique word for doing so: blaumachen ("to make blue"). If you've ever called in sick when...

Word of the Week: Sauregurkenzeit

Aug 15, 2014 | Germany.info

With four or more weeks of vacation per year, many German workers are out of the office during the summer months - especially in July and August, when schools are also closed. As a result, this time period is often referred to as the Sauregurkenzeit, which translates into "pickle time."

Word of the Week: Kaffeeklatsch

Aug 8, 2014 | Germany.info

You probably know that Germans love gathering for Kaffee und Kuchen ("coffee and cake"), traditionally in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. But did you know there's a name for this type of social gathering? Germans call their afternoon coffee-and-cake sessions a Kaffeeklatsch ("coffee gossip").

Word of the Week: Luftschloss

Aug 1, 2014 | Germany.info

Do you spend a lot of time dreaming up a life that you wish you lived? Do you create unrealistic scenarios in your mind, or visualize that impossibly expensive 20-bedroom mansion? In German, there's a special word to describe those "castles in the sky": Luftschloss.

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