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: Fruchtfleisch

May 26, 2017 | Germany.info

The German word Fruchtfleisch may sound meaty, but this is a type of meat that any vegetarian can comfortably consume!

Word of the Week: Zettelwirtschaft

May 19, 2017 | Germany.info

Take a look at your desk. Is it organized and clean? Or is every square inch of space covered in files, notes and papers? If your desk is a mess, there's a good chance it's a Zettelwirtschaft.

Word of the Week: Schadenfreude

May 12, 2017 | Germany.info

Do you wish the best for everyone - even your enemies? Or do you gain pleasure from watching someone fail? If someone else's misfortune gives you a sense of satisfaction, then you are exhibiting Schadenfreude.

Word of the Week: Zweisamkeit

May 5, 2017 | Germany.info

In German, the word for loneliness or solitude is Einsamkeit, which literally means "one-ness". But there's also a word for the opposite - that state of being that embodies you when you feel alone with one other person: Zweisamkeit.

Word of the Week: Zechpreller

Apr 28, 2017 | Germany.info

As we all know, Germans have a word for everything. They even have a word for someone who eats at a restaurant and leaves without paying: a Zechpreller. The word alone sounds pretty malicious!

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