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  • 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: 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…

  • Word of the Week: Freundschaftsdienst

    Sometimes you do things for other people that you don’t like. Why do you do it? Because of your Freundschaftsdienst! The German word Freundschaftsdienst means “friendship duty”. It is a…

  • Word of the Week: Lebenskunst

    Is your life as beautiful as a painting in an art gallery? Then you have mastered Lebenskunst! Lebenskunst means “the art of living well”. It comes from the words leben…

  • Word of the Week: Schnapsidee

    In German, there’s a special word for a really bad idea: Schnapsidee. Directly translated, this word means “booze idea” – and it describes a plan of action that’s so bad…

  • Word of the Week: Kopfkino

    Does your imagination run wild? Do you think up detailed stories in your head? Maybe you’ve got a Kopfkino entertaining you all day long! The German word Kopf means “head”…

  • Word of the Week: Sitzriese

    Have you ever been to a movie theater and found yourself seated behind the tallest person in the room? This person’s head was probably blocking your view, leaving you frustrated…

  • Word of the Week: Moin

    Like last week, your business partner takes you in an elevator to the meeting room, but this time you are up north, maybe in Kiel. It’s 6 pm. Somebody steps…

  • Word of the Week: Wandervogel

    Long summer days are ahead of us, which means it’s the perfect time to go for a hike! When you wake up on a cloudless Saturday morning, do you have…

  • Word of the Week: Sauwetter

    Look outside, what do you see? If it’s gray, rainy or cold, you’re experiencing what Germans would call Sauwetter – a term for lousy weather! Directly translated, however, Sauwetter means…