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!

  • May 19, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Zettelwirtschaft

    Zettelwirtschaft

    Take a look at your desk. Is it organized and clean? Or is every square inch of space covered in files, notes and papers? If your desk is a mess, there's a good chance it's a Zettelwirtschaft.

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  • May 12, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Schadenfreude

    Schadenfreude

    Do you wish the best for everyone - even your enemies? Or do you gain pleasure from watching someone fail? If someone else's misfortune gives you a sense of satisfaction, then you are exhibiting Schadenfreude.

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  • May 5, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Zweisamkeit

    Zweisamkeit

    In German, the word for loneliness or solitude is Einsamkeit, which literally means "one-ness". But there's also a word for the opposite - that state of being that embodies you when you feel alone with one other person: Zweisamkeit.

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  • Apr 28, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Zechpreller

    Zechpreller

    As we all know, Germans have a word for everything. They even have a word for someone who eats at a restaurant and leaves without paying: a Zechpreller. The word alone sounds pretty malicious!

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  • Apr 21, 2017 | Germany.info | Word of the Week: Augenblick

    Augenblick

    If you're familiar with German, you've surely heard the phrase "einen Augenblick!" But an Augenblick (literally "eye-glance") is usually a longer period of time than the word suggests.

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