https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clange06

What's your favorite german word?

I like entschuldigung.

September 6, 2016

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

Sehnsucht.

September 6, 2016

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

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.

Yes, it's a real word. The story behind itself is hilarious too; when ministers heard of the long name they could not do but laugh and insisted on shortening the law's name to something like RkReÜAÜG. :D

A great Wikipedia article on it

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/celinamarie01

Our language is... special;D I also like: "Grund­stücks­ver­kehrs­ge­neh­mi­gungs­zu­stän­dig­keits­über­tra­gungs­ver­ord­nung"

September 7, 2016

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

I like Rathaus. (Town Hall / City Hall)

It sounds like the obvious place you would find your local elected officials.

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

You might even find them in the "Rathskeller", stumble-down drunk!

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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September 6, 2016

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

Do you know the schatzipupserl? You won't find that one in the dictionary ... pupserl is derived from pupsen, and together is means something like 'dare stinker' - strictly in a positive way.

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim847720

When I was really young my mother called me Pupchen = "little stinker""

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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September 8, 2016

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

Bier

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

I liked using the word "Einstein" (two words) with that: it made beer sound like something 'brilliant and exceptional', to me. (Einstein's bier oder 'Ein stein bier'). A play on words?

September 8, 2016

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

Schmetterling. Only Germans can make such a beautiful and innocent creature sound brutal.

September 6, 2016

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

Doesn't sound brutal to me at least not when I'm saying it.

September 6, 2016

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

He probably was referring to that one video where a parody was made of the German language.

Link - specific word is at 0:27

September 6, 2016

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

Well, to a learner it sounds harsh and this video proves it for me.

September 7, 2016

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

Thank you, pont, I tell people that every time! :D Growl "butterfly" like the fronter of a death metal band and it doesn't sound graceful at all. Same with finnish "perhonen" or swedish "fjäril" and probably most other words for butterlfly, except for the welsh "pili-pala"^^

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

... and "mariposa".

September 8, 2016

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

I like both of those but Vergangenheitsbewältigung is another favorite. :-)

September 6, 2016

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

Überhaupt

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

I learned this word as part of the first real (and complete) sentence that I managed to digest, in German. It was part of the German translation of the following notable quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson:

Es ist besser geliebt und verloren zu haben, als überhaupt ...

Will you finish the quote, for me, bitte?

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kajo76

There are a bunch of translations on the web, but it can go like this:

"Es ist besser geliebt und verloren zu haben, als überhaupt nie geliebt zu haben."

September 30, 2016

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

Naturwissenschaften ><

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Papperlapapp - love this one!

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sens44

I have quite a few, but "süßigkeiten" (candy/sweets) comes to mind.

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

I remember going through a large airport concourse (terminal), about 40-some years ago; and, two young German-speaking men who were hurrying along (to get to the terminal where their own flight was nearly set for departure) said something to me, in English. I answered back, in German. They were both impressed by my German. (But, I still don't know why, all these years later.)

I just remember that their parting comment was "süß".

Recently, though, someone told me that people don't say that word in that context, anymore!

What say ye? (i.e., What do you say, about this?)

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sens44

Unfortunately I've never been to any German speaking countries, and I've only spoken to a couple of native speakers, so I can't give my opinion. :)

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kajo76

Here a native German speaker.

I don't exactly know the context that was sayed in, but if they weren't talking about candy/sweets, then they're probably meant you, your accent or the overall conversation. But as far as that's some 40-ish years ago, I don't really know.

I would definitely use "süß" in that context every time! But 1. only in my head, 2. when the other person is of my own gender or 3. I would talk to a very close friend of mine ;-)

Most of the time it sounds really sweet, when someone is speaking in a language he/she is learning :-)

September 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XD29
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Keks

September 7, 2016

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

fun fact: Keks in Hungarian is keksz.

September 8, 2016

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

Arbeiterdenkmal. That.

September 8, 2016

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

Damn you, I was thinking entschuldigung as I clicked the link!

September 6, 2016

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

Dich

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Em_099

Schmetterlinge

September 7, 2016

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

Brot.

September 7, 2016

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

Mein Lieblingswort is Gleichberechtigung :)

September 7, 2016

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

Does it mean Social equaility? (I had to look it up)

September 8, 2016

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

Yea, equality in general I believe

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bruces123

I like "egal".

I also like any of the words that use the sounds one finds in "wirklich".

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/celinamarie01

Muggaseggele - a swabian describtion of something very small

September 7, 2016

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

Erwachsene - Adult

September 6, 2016

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

A German word that I have a deep connection to is löschen, which means "destruction". I know, pretty dark...

I also love the phrase im dunkeln, meaning "in the dark", I believe. I tend to use that one in poetry.

September 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

"löschen" means actually three things:

  1. to delete (in context of computers)
  2. to extinguish fire (also used for thirst in this sense)
  3. to unload a ship

Destruction would be "Zerstörung", "Verwüstung", "Verheerung" or something similar.

September 7, 2016

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

Oh... Sorry!

September 7, 2016

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

Speisekärte

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/teodorovici.v

You mean Speisekarte:)?

September 7, 2016

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

Every time I see this word I instantly thing of "Mein Teil" by Rammstein. A very controversial song, at least when it initially came out, indeed.

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ulenspiegel123

That's exactly how I remember it too, it's actually hard to read it without Lindemann's voice pronouncing it in my head lol

September 7, 2016

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

For real. He taught me how to pronounce German in all honesty. He is so badass.

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ulenspiegel123

Agreed! I also learned a lot of new words from Eisbrecher

September 7, 2016

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

Reich

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

Reichstag und Rathskeller

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cchey98

'Orange' for the way it sounds

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Hashbrowns - Kartoffelpuffer

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ulenspiegel123

Jein. Also Seehund because it's so accurate

September 7, 2016

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

Finsternis

September 7, 2016

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

Aw, I like the last ones, "Finsternis", "Seehund" and "jein". Some of my favourites are: "Mietmöbel", "Sommer", "beipflichten" and "kontraintuitiv"

September 7, 2016

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

Schade! and Entschuldigung too XD

September 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

und "schadenfreude" (a concept that we Americans don't really relate to, because we don't like to see people suffer)

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

Actually, I wasn't being ironic. But, "politics is a dog-eat-dog game". And, that "area" is completely foreign to what the majority of Americans stand for. (We like to see people win, not lose: we derive no pleasure out of another man's suffering.)

So, you have not distinguished between "the people" and "American politics".

Yes, many of our major U.S. cities have a very high crime rate (and I will mention that, before you even address it): we still don't know why that is, though! But, even though some go around killing people, in the inner cities, they do so only out of desperation: not out of a sick pleasure in seeing others fall into the ditch (metaphorically speaking).

Heck, we don't even have an American (English) equivalent, for schadenfreude. (It is a concept that has no translation, for us! Do you 'get that'?)

Did I clear that up, for you?

Caveat: Don't stir up the pot, friend! OK? (I stand by what I said, above.)

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HalJam
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September 9, 2016

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

I think you misunderstand rather than don't relate to the concept of schadenfreude. Everyone feels it to some degree, even if some people are much more guilty of it than others. It's not delighting in the suffering of starving children or anything like that (that would be inhumane and absolutely horrible), it's being just a tiny bit delighted when the idiot who insulted your friend trips and lands in a dirty puddle.
Another, slightly less noble example of schadenfreude: look at any tabloid (or website equivalent) and see how delighted they are to report when this or that formerly-beloved-but-now-disgraced politician or so-called "celebrity" has gone off the rails, said something really stupid, or lost all their money. That's also a form of schadenfreude. And they wouldn't write it if people wouldn't read it.
Also, I'm sure, though I haven't checked, that youtube is full of videos of people having what some people call "funny accidents". Finding such things funny is schadenfreude. This feeling really knows no nationality, it's just that it's easier expressed in languages which allow the creation of new compound nouns :)

September 10, 2016

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

damit :)

September 8, 2016

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

bin

September 8, 2016

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

Verstehen.

Has more to do with my sociology background and academic interest in Max Weber, but reasons are reasons.

September 8, 2016

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

Backpfeifengesicht. It pretty much means a face that is badly in need of a slap.

September 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichM3

Kerze.

September 9, 2016

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

Schokolade! Sounds as smooth as it tastes

September 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saranya_1924

I like bitte

September 10, 2016

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

Multikulturelle Gesellschaft - not sure if it's 2 words or a compound word. Just try saying it like it's one word - feels great!

September 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saranya_1924

you know what I love ALESS KLAR................

January 28, 2017
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