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  • Word of the Week: Morgenmuffel

    Are you a grouch in the morning? Do you glare at everyone who tries to speak to you before noon? Well, my friend, that makes you a Morgenmuffel (“morning grouch”)!…

  • Word of the Week: Lebkuchen

    You’ve probably had it – or know what it is; Lebkuchen is a German delicacy commonly found at German-style Christmas markets, as well as other festivals and events. But do you…

  • Word of the Week: Liegewiese

    What do Germans do in the summer? Some travel, some hike, some swim – and others simply lounge on a Liegewiese. The German word Liegewiese has no English equivalent. It…

  • Gummibären – a German delight since 1920

    Go to the candy aisle of any grocery store and you’ll find at least one gummy product. There’s gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy Smurfs and gummy rings. Maybe you’ll find…

  • Word of the Week: Warmduscher

    What do you call someone who loves comfort, predictability and habitually avoids all risks? In other words – a pansy? A Warmduscher! The German word Warmduscher literally translates to “warm…

  • Word of the Week: Holzklasse

    Are you on a budget, but love to travel? Most likely you will be booking the Holzklasse whereever you go! Literally translated, the German word Holzklasse means “wood class”, and…

  • Eggs and bunnies symbolize renewal and joy

    Something odd happens throughout Germany on Easter Sunday. Whether in apartments, houses or gardens, excited children run around, pushing the furniture aside, lifting the cushions and looking under trees and…

  • Word of the Week: Waldeinsamkeit

    When Henry David Thoureau took his leave into the woods of Walden, he said he wanted to learn to live deliberately. He claimed to “need the tonic of wildness” and…

  • Word of the Week: Sollbruchstelle

    When you break off a square of chocolate, you are breaking it at its Sollbruchstellen. The German word Sollbruchstelle is unique and not easily translatable. But it is useful: this…

  • Word of the Week: Stein im Brett

    Let’s pretend your coworker surprised you with your favorite Starbucks drink during work. How do you feel about her? Most likely, she is now on your good side. Germans might…