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12 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

12 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

German and English share common roots, but there are tons of false cognates you’ll need to sidestep if you want to avoid embarrassment. Here are 12 of the most amusing (and kinda NSFW) German false friends.
Vacation Cheat Sheet: 20 German Phrases You Need To Know

Vacation Cheat Sheet: 20 German Phrases You Need To Know

Make the most of your upcoming trip to Germany by focusing on these German phrases ahead of your flight abroad.
The Sundry Sounds Of Onomatopoeia In Different Languages

The Sundry Sounds Of Onomatopoeia In Different Languages

Just about every language contains words that sound exactly like what they mean. And they’re often quite cute.
What Is The Longest Word In The World?

What Is The Longest Word In The World?

Hope you don’t have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words).
How Various International Cuisines Flavor The Local Language

How Various International Cuisines Flavor The Local Language

There is an impressive amount of sausage idioms in German, and that makes an impressive amount of sense.
2017 Words Of The Year Around The World

2017 Words Of The Year Around The World

Each December, people all over the globe try to find a single word to sum up the whole year. Here are just a few of the lucky lexical items.
8 Words You THOUGHT Were German, But No One Uses Them In Germany

8 Words You THOUGHT Were German, But No One Uses Them In Germany

Which “German” words do you use that would sound totally strange to any native German speaker? Find out, and learn some German grammar along the way!
9 Of The Best Compound German Words And How To Use Them

9 Of The Best Compound German Words And How To Use Them

What do you get if you stick a pig and a dog together? A pigdog, of course. But why is he so intent on stopping you from doing your tax return?
9 Essential Austrian German Words For A Night Out In Vienna

9 Essential Austrian German Words For A Night Out In Vienna

Impress the locals with some real Viennese words and expressions. Here are the 9 words you need to survive a night out in Vienna.
7 German Words You Need To Know (That Don’t Exist)

7 German Words You Need To Know (That Don’t Exist)

What’s the deal with all these new words, where do they come from, and who’s the Italian upstart who’s taken to inventing new German words?
How To Name Animals In German

How To Name Animals In German

Can you guess what a STINK ANIMAL is? How about a SHIELD TOAD? This video explains the beautiful logic behind how to name animals in German.
7 German Words We Should Be Using in English

7 German Words We Should Be Using in English

I perched awkwardly in the barber’s chair and scoured my mind for conversational gems with which I could entertain my audience of three burly men awaiting their cut. I ended up suggesting they adopt seven German words into their daily parlance.
The German Animal Names Flowchart

The German Animal Names Flowchart

Funny and bizarre animal names in German