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: Tante-Emma-Laden

Jan 30, 2015 | Germany.info

If you're making dinner and you forgot an ingredient, what do you do? Well, some of you might head over to a grocery store. But depending on where you are, it might be easier to walk to theTante-Emma-...

Word of the Week: Kehrwoche

Jan 23, 2015 | Germany.info

How would you feel if you had to clean the common areas in your apartment building? Well, Germans do it! In some buildings, residents are required to clean the building during their assigned Kehrwoche ("sweep week")!

Word of the Week: Gartenzwerg

Jan 16, 2015 | Germany.info

If you've walked around Germany's residential neighborhoods, you've probably seen them peeking at you from behind the bushes: garden gnomes. The German word for these creatures of the garden is Gartenzwerg, and you'll find over 25 million of them in Germany.

2014 Word of the Year: Backpfeifengesicht

Jan 14, 2015 | Germany.info

As 2014 came to a close, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Word of the Week for a chance to win a special prize from the German Embassy in Washington. Congratulations to John Cook from Oro Valley, Arizona for winning! Our 2014 Word of the Year is "Backpfeifengesicht".

Word of the Week: Brotzeit

Jan 9, 2015 | Germany.info

In Bavaria, the word Brotzeit ("bread time") describes a substantive "meal-between-meals" - something you might consume mid-afternoon before dinner. It's more than a snack, but less than a hot meal.

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