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Untranslatable German Words: Lebenskünstler Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

A Lebenskünstler! (Image by AK Rockefeller at Flickr.com under license CC BY 2.0)

In another post in the awesome series on untranslatable words in German that Constanze started on this blog, we will have a look at the German word Lebenskünstler. It is pretty difficult to translate to English, because of its precise meaning. Let’s get into it! What does Lebenskünstler mean? A Lebenskünstler is a person that manages to deal with problems in life in…

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Untranslatable German Words: Versemmeln Posted by on Oct 19, 2016


Guten Tag! It’s time for another ‘untranslatable German word’ – one of those words that, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t find an equally quirky, unusual or downright funny translation for in English! The untranslatable words I’ve shared with you here have mostly been nouns, but this time I’m giving you a…

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German Quiz in Countries, the School System and Goodbyes Posted by on Oct 18, 2016


Welcome to another quiz! This time it will be about countries, the school system and how to say goodbye in German, if you want to read the topics one more time before you take the quiz, you can find them here, here and here. Click on “answer” to open the answer to each question. I’d…

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Tauchgondel – What Is This? Posted by on Oct 13, 2016


You may have come across the picture below while logging in on your Windows computer. Or somewhere else! This odd thing is in Germany. At the coast. But what is it? Just scroll down and find out. The Tauchgondel A Tauchgondel is in a way similar to a Taucherglocke (diving bell), which allows a Taucher (diver) to submerge himself longer. The Tauchgondel is…

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Germany’s Indian Summer Posted by on Oct 12, 2016


Guten Tag! Today it’s time for another untranslatable German word – and I wanted to get this one in now because it’s all about that beautiful period between the end of Sommer (summer) and the beginning of Herbst (autumn) – which some of us will, hopefully, be enjoying right now! Today’s word is der Altweibersommer.…

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