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!

  • Jun 21, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Gänsefüßchen

    Gänsefüßchen

    If you're a writer, you use Gänsefüßchen ("little geese feet") all the time. But this colloquial word means nothing what it sounds like.

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  • Jun 16, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Schwarzmalerei

    black

    There are two types of people in this world: optimists and pessimists. And pessimists tend to paint the world black - according to this German word.

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  • Jun 9, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Reißverschlusssystem

    zipper system

    Germans have a reputation for being orderly. Even when traffic accumulates on German roads, there's a system in place to keep the order: the Reißverschlusssystem ("zipper system"). Make sure you know the meaning of this word before driving in Germany!

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  • Jun 2, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Zappelphilipp

    Zappelphilipp

    What do you call a child who fidgets, rocks in his chair and can't sit still for even a minute? A Zappelphilipp!

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  • May 26, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Fruchtfleisch

    Fruchtfleisch

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

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