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: Riechkolben

May 27, 2016 | Germany.info
Riechkolben

Do you know someone who has a nose like Pinocchio? Or maybe a nose that reminds you of Rudolph? Germans would call such noses a Riechkolben!

Word of the Week: Dampfplauderer

May 23, 2016 | Germany.info
Dampfplauderer

You know that friend of yours who just won't stop talking? That person you can never get off the phone, or the person who goes on and on with pointless stories? Germans have a name for someone like this: a Dampfplauderer!

Word of the Week: Frühschoppen

May 13, 2016 | Germany.info
Frühschoppen

It's 10 a.m. on a Sunday - too early to drink? Not necessarily! There's even a German word for early-morning drinking: Frühschoppen!

Word of the Week: Spargelzeit

May 6, 2016 | Germany.info
Spargelzeit

It's white asparagus time! Well, in Germany it is. In fact, this time of year is so significant to Germans that it even has it's own name: Spargelzeit!

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?

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