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

der Krankenwagen

best German word. EVER.

January 26, 2013

16 Comments


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

Some funny German words:

1) die Handschuhe (lit. hand shoes) = gloves

2) der Fingerhut (lit. finger hat) = thimble

3) die Nacktschnecke (lit. naked snail) = slug

4) die Brustwarze (lit. breast wart) = nipple

5) das Stinktier (lit. stinking animal) = skunk

6) das Flugzeug (lit. flight thing) = airplane

There are thousands of words like that :)

January 26, 2013

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

Some more:

1) der Staubsauger (lit. dust-sucker) = vacuum cleaner

2) der Zebrastreifen (lit. zebra-stripe) = crosswalk/pedestrian crossing

3) die Glühbirne (lit. glow-pear) = light bulb

4) der Seehund (lit. sea-dog) = seal

5) der Tintenfisch (lit. ink-fish) = squid/calamari

6) das Stachelschwein (lit. sting-pig, spike-pig) = porcupine

7) die Schildkröte (lit. shield-toad) = turtle

January 30, 2013

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

1) der Bärendienst (lit. bear service) = disservice

2) der Dudelsack (lit. tootle bag) = bagpipe

3) der Purzelbaum (lit. tumble tree) = somersault (on ground)

January 30, 2013

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

1) Zitronenfalter (lit. lemons folder) = Common Brimstone, a butterfly

2) Nilpferd (lit. Nile horse) = Hippo

(Might add more later.)

January 30, 2013

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

Haha cool :D

January 27, 2013

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

"Zeug" doesn't map to "thing" so well; it's more like equipment, device(s), gear. Compare: das Schreibzeug, das Zeughaus, das Zeug zu etwas haben, das Waschzeug, das Spielzeug ("zeug" and "toy" have the same roots).

February 11, 2013

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

Anyone else?

January 29, 2013

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

Well I just started learning maybe 2 weeks ago, so so far I would say at least the for some strange reason I find the words: sandwich, restaurant, easy to remember, ha ha. Katherie has some good ones listed also. I will have to look up the Krankerwagen one, sounds like an old car that you had to start with a crank.

January 29, 2013

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

exactly!

January 30, 2013

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

die Bauchspeicheldrüse (the body spit gland) = the pancreas

das Schnabeltier (the beak animal) = the platypus

February 11, 2013

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

In professional jargon, "Kragenwagen" is called "das Rettungsfahrzeug" (the rescue vehicle, with "fahrzeug" being "drive gear" = vehicle)

February 11, 2013

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

These words are great. They are what make me love German!

My favorite has got to be "Luftkissenfahrzeug." Literally: air pillow drive thing (device).

XD

September 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Altopiano0

Aber es ist dasselbe in English - "air cushion vehicle (ACV)"

June 9, 2018
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