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: Spaßgesellschaft

Jun 10, 2011 | Germany.info
Clubbing crowd at the P1

Germans are serious, cold and not very outgoing people who don't like dancing and rarely laugh or smile - fact or lie? Not if you ascribe to the view that German youth culture, in particular, is more of a "Spaßgesellschaft".

Word of the Week: Tohuwabohu

Jun 3, 2011 | Germany.info
Baum in Kenia

Common descriptions and stereotypes depict Germans as disciplined, tidy, dutiful and organized people who in one way or another seem to have a deep inner desire for order. If this description is right, how come there is this exotic sounding word "Tohuwabohu" in German?

Word of the Week: Heimat

May 27, 2011 | Germany.info
Deutschlandkarte im Kohlfeld

"Heimat" is a loaded word in the German language. Translating it simply as "home" does not fully do it justice. The powerful emotional ties it evokes in many Germans would best be described as "a sense of belonging".

Word of the Week: Knuffig

May 20, 2011 | Germany.info
Wilbär pals around with his mom, Corinna, in the Stuttgart Zoo. © picture-alliance/dpa

The digital age has served to showcase all things "knuffig" or "knuddelig" in this world, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Word of the Week: Plaudertasche

May 13, 2011 | Germany.info
Mädchen zusammen in Küche

A "Plaudertasche" is a slang expression for "chatterbox" which is used as a term of endearment to describe a very wordy person.

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