Category: Vocabulary


Best Browser Extensions to Translate German Words and Phrases Instantly

Most browsers these days come with built-in machine translation features, so that when you browse a site in a language different than your own you can easily translate everything with one click. This is great if you just need to look something up quickly, but for language learners, I feel this feature is often less…


200 Common German Nouns (A1+): Boost Your Vocabulary

Learning common German nouns is essential for building a strong foundation in the language. In this article, we will explore 200 frequently used German nouns across various categories. By familiarizing yourself with these nouns, you’ll be better equipped to express yourself and engage in meaningful conversations in German. Keep in mind to always memorize nouns…


23 Funny German Idioms To Spice Up Your Conversations

Have you ever been in a conversation with a native German speaker and found yourself struggling to keep up? Do you feel like you’re missing out on cultural references and inside jokes? If so, you may want to consider learning German idioms. In this article, we will explore the world of German idioms, why they…


The Subtle Art Of German Modal Particles

Imagine German conversation as an intricate dance, where words and phrases gracefully intertwine to create a harmonious flow. Amidst this dance, there’s a group of tiny elements that subtly change the vibe, adding color and nuance. These are the German modal particles, inconspicuous little words that have the power to lightly shift or completely transform…


72 German Slang Words & Expressions For Beginners

If you’ve ever wondered why your German textbook doesn’t quite prepare you for real-life conversations, you’re not alone. Learning a language involves more than just grammar and vocabulary—it’s about understanding the culture and colloquialisms that make the language come alive. In this guide, we’ll dive into the colorful world of German slang, where language, culture,…


23 Ways of Saying “No” in German Like A Native

Saying “no” is an integral part of any language. It allows us to express our feelings, opinions, and set boundaries. While “no” in English is simple and straightforward, the ways of saying “no” in German are rich and diverse, depending on the context and tone. This essay will explore the various ways to say “no”…


From “Sneeze Shame” to “Hygiene Knights”: 10 Strange New German Words Created By The Pandemic

After more than one year in the grip of a global pandemic, our  daily lives have changed extensively. The way we work, travel, socialize and decompress have all undergone strange transformations. And these changes have begun to be reflected in the way we use language. The Leibniz Institute for the German Language, an organisation for documenting…


12 Hilarious German Place Names Translated Literally (And Their Real Origins)

Almost everyone knows Germany’s capital and major cities. But did you know that we have tons of little towns and villages with the most absurdly hilarious names such as Hundeluft (“dog air”), Darmstadt (“intestine city”) and Schweinfurt (“swine ford”)? In this post you’ll find a selection of funny German town names and their historic and…


17 Hilarious German Insults That Are More Funny Than Offensive

Looking for new funny German insults to use with friends? One of the peculiarities of the German language is that you can very easily string nouns together to create new words which very quickly leads to monstrosities like Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänkajütentürknauf” (door handle of a Danube captain’s cabin). Unsurprisingly, some of the best German insults are compound nouns….