German may be the most widely spoken language in the European Union, but let's be honest - it's just downright funny sometimes. We roasted French last month, so now it's time for Deutsch to have its turn.


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Language learners around the world have long struggled with German's fearsome grammar, in which multiple words are stuck together to make more descriptive terms. This leads to things like long, aggressive store names and job titles, as well as migraines for tourists and expats in Germany. Spelling is an even more sensitive subject.

Since German is an ancestor to English, a lot of words were passed down to us, but changed in spelling over time. The original German forms of these words now have... Well, 'interesting' connotations. See for yourself below.

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John L Kelly 1 month ago

I guess Greta isn't French after all.

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John L Kelly 1 month ago

"Ein Schwaben Bräu bitte" makes everything work out fine.

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Lilya 1 month ago

Ha that's so me.

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Kristina K. 1 month ago

Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbierbartbarbier...

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Anna Brandigi 1 month ago

I'm getting some mixed signals here

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Anna Brandigi 1 month ago

They have words for pretty much everything

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Troux 1 month ago

These all have direct English equivalents: "I got tossed in the back of a car" "We came together after the movie" "I gave my bird what she needed last night"

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Juana 1 month ago

Why do the write the names of the languages and then throw in Mexico? For continuity they should have written Spanish. And a flag of Spain.

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