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Looooong German words and why they get so long

A username in a Japanese discussion reminded me of this silly/amazing German video about a seriously long German word, Rhabarberbarbara . (No, that's not the full word. The full word is longer than I've got the text for. :P) With English subtitles for the curious. (But, the first link has the voice I prefer.)

So, what's up with those long German words anyway? The video, One Minute Long German Word gives an explanation, as well as a German word that takes 1 minute to say. And with the bonus of the video (not the word) being rabbit related! :D Pure coincidence, I swear.)

July 7, 2017



As a matter of fact, every Viennese child learns rather sooner than later "Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänskajütenklopapierrollenhalter" (Toilet paper roll holder of a Danube steam boating captain's cabin). And this word still makes sense! (the one minute long word doesn't - still the rabbit video is funny)


I love Don't trust the rabbit


Yeah, they've got some great explorations of German for English learners from what I've seen. :)


The "real" reason German words are so long (compared with English) is that German allows more compound words. Long German words are typically composed of several, shorter German words, so it's not as terrifying as it seems when one first starts learning the language!


Oh, cool! I've seen that video before!


I love it! It makes its rounds every now and then. But, I'd never come across the English subtitled version (I wish they'd kept the original voicing for it from the first link.) And, I was curious about why Germany was known for it's long words. So, I went and checked that out and decided to share it as well. :D

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