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: Bierernst

Apr 29, 2016 | Germany.info
Bierernst

If you're trying to express how serious you are about something, what word would you use? In German, you would say you are bierernst ("beer serious"). No joke! Or is it?

Word of the Week: Frühjahrsputz

Apr 22, 2016 | Germany.info
Frühlingsputz

The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. It's time to put away those heavy winter coats and bring out the shorts! With the change of the seasons comes substantial ...

Word of the Week: Nesthocker

Apr 15, 2016 | Germany.info
Nesthocker

When you graduated, did you continue to live with your parents or did you find your own place? If you currently live in your parents' basement, you are probably a so-called Nesthocker!

Word of the Week: Sehnsucht

Apr 11, 2016 | Germany.info
Sehnsucht

The German language is filled with words that do not exist in English. One such word is Sehnsucht, which is difficult to translate accurately. Sehnsucht is a deep emotional state; it describes an intense longing, craving, yearning or "intensely missing" something or someone. English translations do not do this term justice; it is a much more emotionally charged word in German.

Word of the Week: Habseligkeit

Apr 8, 2016 | Germany.info
Habseligkeit

The German word Habseligkeiten is a beautiful one. Literally translated, it means "belongings", but it also means so much more! It comes from the words haben ("to have") and Seligkeit (a state of bliss, happiness or salvation).

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