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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alt_Junge

My favorite German word

While very slowly trying to read a book in German, I came across a word I had never seen before.
Without the aid of a dictionary I knew the meaning of the word.

The word is "Handschuhe"....

Just remember, when it is cold out, everyone needs a pair of shoes for their hands!!!! What a beautiful word!!!

December 22, 2015

64 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heschmat

my favorite word is ''Schadenfreude''
= pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam9812

That word is also used in English as a loan word. :D

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sardiver

"Die Fremdscham" is also a good one. That's shame or embarrassment felt on behalf of someone else.

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Awesomegirl4321

My favorite word is Schmuck! It sounds funny!{@style=color:coral}

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neilbloom

Umm... Let me put this way. When people in New York City say "look at that Schmuck!" They aren't talking about jewelry, they're talking about the person wearing the jewelry and it isn't complementary. In Yiddish "schmuck" is a vulgarity and it means the same thing and gets used the same way as the word "dick".

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Semeltin

Well, at least it has a different vowel. Also a tip for English speakers: A rule of thumb is to never pronounce any "u" in a foreign language as the "u" in "thumb" but always as either in "do" or in "put".

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caversham

Unfortunately, a lot of Schmuck is shmuck. :-))

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

That is so funny~

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Private_606

my friend used that as an insult. I called him a jewelry XD

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Awesomegirl4321

Lol

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sardiver

I kinda dig "Stinktier".

Simple, to the point.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annqueue

I like Waschbaer.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

I just recently ran across both "Stinktier" and "Waschbär". I had forgotten a book someone gave me years ago. She was shopping in a used book store, and knowing I had an interest in German, she bought it for me. Looking for some other old books, I came across it. It is a textbook in German for Catholic students (in the US). I'm not sure what grade level it was designed for, but it has nearly everything in it - religion, history, science - a lot of just plain "reading" pieces, although they are mostly religious in content. It doesn't have math, but in the appendix it has a brief overview of German grammar. Anyway, there was a unit on animals, and that was where I saw the "Waschbär" and "Das Americanische Stinktier." The pictures are all hand-drawn, and many of them show a lack of knowledge of the subject. For instance, in shape, I'd say the Waschbär more resembles a fox, except for the claws and the stripes on the tail. It doesn't even have a very distinctive mask. The most horrible example of animal art in the book is the Haifisch. The thing has fur!!! The book is dated 1876.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MangoTiki

Der Ohrwurm is probably my favourite word. It means literally ear worm but is used to describe a catchy tune. Another one I think we need to make a loanword in English! I do also love the fact that citizens are called Burgers and a mayor is called a Burgermeister! I also think it is funny how a husband is called a MANN. Love German! :)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annqueue

It has been made a loan word in English, as 'earworm'. At least the folks I know use it to describe any song they've got stuck in their head (and usually don't want stuck in their head).

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MangoTiki

I didn't know that thank you!

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Semeltin

You can also call a husband an "Ehemann" if you want it to be clear or a "Gatte" if you want to sound old-fashioned. :P

Remember that it is essential to differentiate "ü/ue" from "u" both in spelling and in pronunciation. It's "Bürger".

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vmakharash

My favorite word is "Wahrscheinlich". Sounds quite good. It means "Probably".

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

I like that one, but I think my favorite is still "ausgezeichnet."

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Semeltin

"Wahr"-"schein"-"lich" "True-seeming-ly"

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mverick

Afrikaans uses the same method for arriving at a name for gloves....Handskoene :-)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

I like Verkehrsampel and Hottentottenpotentatentantenattentat.

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jsiehler

My favorite in the DuoLingo course so far has been Baumwolle. Of course cotton is "tree wool!" Of course it is.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alt_Junge

Ich mag mein baumwollhandschuhe!!!

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmiMurase

I don't even know what that means!!!!!

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TechSpeaker

"I like my cotton gloves" under the impression that handschuhe means gloves.

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeytheGreat

My favorite is "die Fledermaus" which is literally flutter mouse ;) it means bat.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/absurdist1

Mein Lieblingswort ist Staatsangehörigkeit.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alt_Junge

After looking at all the compound German words, English sure seems boring

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bvogel1

My current favorite is "Augenblick"... literally "eye-glance", metaphorically "in the blink of an eye".

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gottesanbeterin

I like the word Sehenswürdichkeiten. It is SO long!

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jobabel

Sehenswürdigkeiten. Where I'm from (Hamburg) you would pronounce it precisely like you wrote it though :)

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lee_livingston
  • English: the 'Sights'
  • German: Sehenswürdigkeiten
  • Dutch: Bezienswaardigheden
  • Russian: Достопримечательности (Do sto pri me cha tel' nos ti)
December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gottesanbeterin

Cool!!

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarinGrant

My favorite word is Ausgezeichnet!

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArianaLee721

My favorite is Vergangenheitsbewältigung. Can you tell I'm a student?

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JR_Cthulhu_Dobbs

I can't come to terms with the lack of Gegenwärtigsbewältigung or Zukunftsbewältigung!

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lin64

Nudelauflauf for me!

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j8enny56

I like the word Straßenbahnhalterstelle!

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geomethrie

Straßenbahnhaltestelle :-). (without r in the middle of haltestelle);

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivolindbergh

The "something" + zeug words are really funny too. "Flugzeug" is the best! Seems like ancient Amerindians describing unknown things.

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

People from Niue in the South Pacific call them "flying canoes" (vakalele) :)

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

"spielzeug, werkzeug," off the top of my head. I'm sure I know more!

December 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OnesimusUnbound

Mine: wunderschön

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Private_606

well, officially it is no longer a word, but I like Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. Took me awhile to get it's sound right then I found it that it is not a word anymore :''(

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TechSpeaker

What did that mean???

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebastian.wl

Cattle marking and beef labeling supervision duties delegation law

It even has an article in english Wikipedia which includes some linguistic considerations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rinderkennzeichnungs-_und_Rindfleischetikettierungs%C3%BCberwachungsaufgaben%C3%BCbertragungsgesetz

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TechSpeaker

Wow.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gojira2

My favorite word is "Mäusespeck". It is a specific kind of marshmallow and it sounds so funny :D

December 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susanna35

Looks like "Mouse bacon."

December 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yep :)

December 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isrianth

My favourite word: Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän...

December 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmiMurase

nice

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rowschank

Sehenswürdigkeiten. So much to describe what we see when we go sightseeing!

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JR_Cthulhu_Dobbs

Gemütlichkeit ist außerordentlich nett.

December 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Biacsi

Reading through Rammstein lyrics today,I came across the word.

fleischgewehr

The translation is great.

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

The good ol' meat rifle.

Don't forget that nouns are capitalised in German. :)

December 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeytheGreat

...what is a meat rifle?

December 29, 2015

[deactivated user]

    "Mein lieber Mann" was a phrase that traumatized me as a child, so I'll go with that one. I think it qualifies, since many German words are just phrases without spaces between the words.

    December 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Appleseed21

    I like the word "Jack". One of my friend is called Jack, so I can call him a jacket from now on :)

    December 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

    It's "die Jacke", though :)

    December 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Appleseed21

    So every time when I call Jack, I just say "Die, Jacke!"

    December 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/manelkh

    I remember it made me laugh a lot when we studied it in class.

    December 25, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Johan721

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