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  • Word of the Week: Arbeitstier

    In the literal sense of the word, an “Arbeitstier” is a work animal, as in a beast of burden on a pre-mechanized farm. The horse at the center of the…

  • Word of the Week: Schmuddelwetter

    Although Germany is the world’s biggest solar power producer, its more northerly and easterly regions, in particular, often experience lots of “Schmuddelwetter” in early spring, when “April showers bring May…

  • Word of the Week: Umtrunk

    Germans are thought to be disciplined and hard workers who devote themselves to their work. This dedication can only be interrupted by few a things. One allowed interruption is an…

  • Word of the Week: Aufheben

    Sometimes language is a complicated thing… so complicated that it can take on a philosophical bent. Take the German word aufheben. It can have multiple meaning that contradict each other.…

  • Word of the Week: Duzfreund

    There are still some formalities implemented in European and German linguistic culture. One of the most known formalities, which sometimes surprises many Americans, is the very important distinction between a…

  • Word of the Week: Gemütlichkeit

    “Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Forget about your worries and your strife I mean the bare necessities Old Mother Nature’s recipes That brings the bare necessities…

  • Word of the Week: Jeck

    Carnival seems to be the best time to have a look at an interesting German word: Jeck. The word is used almost exclusively in the Rhineland, especially in the city…

  • Word of the Week: Frühlingsgefühle

    Large parts of the countryside may still be covered in snow, but in some areas people have already had the pleasure of taking the first stroll of the year outside…

  • Word of the Week: Welpenschutz

    Isn’t it great when an expression is created to finally describes something that we’ve seen or experienced, but could never really name? Welpenschutz does exactly that. This expression is more…

  • Word of the Week: Krass

    Have you ever had a friend tell you an amazing story and you just weren’t sure how to react? Enter the word krass, the ultimate comeback word for any situation!…