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Hamsterkauf: German Panic Buying! Posted by on Mar 16, 2022


Guten Tag! Today we’re going to talk about a German word that emerged as a result of the pandemic- or did it? The word in question is der Hamsterkauf. Recently I wrote a post on words that’ve emerged to describe life during the Covid-19 pandemic (die Pandemie: pandemic). You can read this here, if you’re…

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10 German Words That Describe Pandemic Life Posted by on Feb 2, 2022


Guten Tag! As we know, the German language is full of words that are unique, creative, intelligent and fun! Due to its ability to connect several nouns to create one, new compound noun, new words are always popping up in the German language. Today, we’re going to take a look at just some of the…

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You Won’t Believe These Crazy German Place Names Posted by on Jan 25, 2022

Crazy German Place Names

Every country has some strange Ortsnamen (m, place names). Take American Fork in Utah, or Shitterton in Dorset, UK. And we have our own crazy German place names! Here’s a few that where you can visit and you can take your picture next to the Ortsschild (n, place name sign). Oh, and also how you pronounce them properly…

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A little Cringe – Germany’s Youth Word 2021 Posted by on Nov 22, 2021

Cringe Jugendwort 2021

A few weeks ago, the German Jugendwort des Jahres (Youth Word of the Year) was chosen. From a field with some strange contestants, one word clearly took the cake! What this word means and how it entered the German language, as well as the hilarious way the Tagesschau dealt with this news, let’s explore. A wide variety…

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How Broccoli Became Synonymous for Cannabis in Germany Posted by on Nov 4, 2021

Brokkoli Marijuana Cannabis Famous Words broccoli

In this series, I want to discuss Worte (words) that became famous in Germany, and what their impact was afterwards. Today, we’ll look at a new word for cannabis. If you look into the debate about legalizing marihuana in Germany from time to time, you might have read that people refer to der Cannabis (cannabis) as all…

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Did You Know This About Mozart? Posted by on Nov 3, 2021


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most famous classical composers of all time. Mozart lived a short life (1756 – 1791), dying at the age of 35. However, he composed more than 600 musical works during his lifetime, with Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Serenade- often called A…

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Why Germans Find Dropping Crumbs Annoying: Korinthenkacker! Posted by on Sep 23, 2021

Korinthen Currants Korinthenkacker

Have you met those people that really care about what’s technically correct, even if it isn’t all that relevant? You know, whether to use a colon or a dash. Or that it’s technically incorrect to write prepositions at the end of sentences. People you generally don’t want to mess with. Oh sorry, people with whom you generally…

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