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, so now it's time for the German language to have its turn.

People around the world learning how to speak German have long struggled with German's fearsome grammar, in which multiple funny 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. The spelling of these long German words is an even more sensitive subject.

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Have A Go At German Scrabble

Have A Go At German Scrabble

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Lucia De Santiago
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4 years ago

XD

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Since German is an ancestor to English, a lot of funny German 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.

Oh, and just for the lols, here is the longest word in German - Donaudampfschifffahtselektrizitatenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengessellschaft. Standing proudly at 80 letters, this word translates to "Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services" and is an absolutely real concoction of letters. Try not to break your tongue with it!

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Nobody Expected That From You, German Language

Nobody Expected That From You, German Language

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John L Kelly
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4 years ago

I guess Greta isn't French after all.

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However, according to Olly Richards, a polyglot and the founder of I Will Teach You A Language, German actually isn't too difficult to master.

"One of the main reasons German isn’t all that hard to learn is that German and English originate from the same language families and share more similarities than you probably realize," Richards wrote. "Both German and English are Indo-European languages that stem from the Germanic family of languages. About 40% of German vocabulary is similar to English vocabulary, which is good news for native English speakers!"

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Mastering A Second Language

 Mastering A Second Language

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John L Kelly
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4 years ago

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

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Richards said that pronunciation is also more straightforward than you might think and grammar is relatively easy to pick up thanks to recognizable patterns. "If we examine the phrases 'what is that?' and 'was ist das?', the connections are obvious."

Also, the polyglot thinks that it's is much easier to pronounce words phonetically in German than in English. "In English, letters often change sounds without any logical explanation. This isn’t the case in German."

"Although some aspects of German may seem difficult, once you break the language down, it's not actually that hard."

#4

Simplicity Is The Key

Simplicity Is The Key

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

I'm getting some mixed signals here

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#5

There's A Word For Everything In German Language

There's A Word For Everything In German Language

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

They have words for pretty much everything

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Germans vs. Foreigners

Germans vs. Foreigners

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Lilya
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4 years ago

Ha that's so me.

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Unique German Words

Unique German Words

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

same

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The Language Of Poets

The Language Of Poets

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Troux
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4 years 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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Kinder Kids

Kinder Kids

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juice
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1 year ago

heehee, because Kinder means children

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Juana
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4 years 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.

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm with you on this one. Nothing wrong with Mexico, but let's face it → the language is "Spanish", and it originated in Spain, therefore the continuity of this illustration was already broken at that part. Full stop.

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Cat Meow
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4 years ago

Missing the H. And because I love surprises, here's my favorite surprise: 348030-589...a51e52.jpg 348030-589b430a51e52.jpg

Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

I lived in Germany as a kid (dad was military) and we LOVED Kinder eggs! My sis brings them back when she travels there, and they still make me smile!

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Edgard Želâznog
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4 years ago

Didn't know Mexico was a language! 😂

Gunnar Schreck
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4 years ago

It's actually "überraschung".

Edeltraud Dent
Community Member
4 years ago

Ich hasse den Gesichtsausdruck der deutschen Person beim Sprechen. I really hate the facial expression of the German person when speaking. We only look like that when we are really angry, just like all other people.

Slune
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1 year ago

Yeah, but it is comprehensible. For people who are speaking a "softer" language, German sounds harsh, barking like and clipped.

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Enea
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4 years ago

Surprise, the Roman languages and English have a word for surprise that sounds pleasant whereas the German word doesn’t. What's the point? That this is relatable to all languages (try looking up surprise in Hungarian or Czech)? Or that all German words sound aggressive? It's sad to see this stereotyping bullsh*t featured on Bored Panda.

Susanna Fieramosca
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4 years ago

Überraschung!

Dani Who-who
Community Member
4 years ago

missing an "h" Überraschung

Kestutis Magnums
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1 year ago

latin language group against german language group...

Aleksandra Kuza
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4 years ago

Überraschung

Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

UBERRASCUNG Muza Foocka

Omi Ede
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4 years ago

Überraschung! How embarassing, they wrote it wrong!

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Ilse Baker
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9 months ago

There is an H missing after the C in the German word. Ilse

Philip Buttall
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1 year ago

And they can't even spell Überraschung correctly!

Teresa Avizienis
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1 year ago

Just out of respect for my high school German teacher: It should be Uberraschung! (Sorry - no Umlaut on my keyboard.)

Ginger Méndez
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1 year ago

Mexico ia not a language..

Mariele Scherzinger
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1 year ago

4 Romanic language (and one semi-Romanic, semi Anglo-Saxon) compared with one Germanic language. Sure - very balanced.... not! Why not 4 Romanic languages compared to 4 Germanic languages? (Such as Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, etc.)

Kismutt
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1 year ago

It’s actually überraschung...sheesh

Fly Girl
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1 year ago (edited)

Mexico is a country, not a langage.

Peter Seyler
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1 year ago

Hah Hah . . . Hast Du ein Hah vergessen ??

Darwinist
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1 year ago

Uber.

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

Actually, it's Uberraschung. You missed the H!

Anka Boyarshina
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1 year ago

they forget H...

Ray Heap
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1 year ago

Actually it´s spelt: "Überraschung"

Paloma Vita
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1 year ago

They forgot an "h"... Überraschung

Tony46
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1 year ago

Überraschung ...actually Überraschung

Sophia Cai
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2 years ago

Well that's a literal surprise...

Claas Kuhnen
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4 years ago

Ueberrasc"h"ung

Sid Martin
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4 years ago

Misspelled. Needs an H after the C.

Jón Frohriep
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4 years ago

RIGHT SPELLING: "ÜBERRASCHUNG" the H was missing

AflyingSquirrel
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1 year ago

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Elica Borisova
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4 years ago

it's uberrascHung ;)

Na Dyn
Community Member
4 years ago

Überraschung. Not Überrascung. 😂

Bezza Adugna
Community Member
4 years ago

This is not the worst! "Cinderella" is "Aschenbrödel" or "Aschenputtel"! I mean seriously! This almost destroyed Cinderella for me.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

You do know that Cinderella is a disney version of Aschenbrödel, which is the original thing. Asche is ash, brödel might be a derogative term for girl. So it might not sound that beautifully, but in the original Aschenbrödel they hack the girls' sisters feet partly off and so they bleed in Aschenputtels shoes.

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Angelika Okotokro
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4 years ago

It's "Überraschung" 😉

Sofia Lindström
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4 years ago

Överraskning in swedish.

Julia NotMyLastname
Community Member
4 years ago

Only a few letters longer. The only reason it looks so bad is because they made it look bad. All caps, the screaming meme, the exclamation point, if they did it to the other languages ut would look the same way. Also, there is a shorter word for it, wurndern, that they of course didn't use bc it wouldn't make German look bad.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

Because all germans scream and shout constantly and sound like hitler. Ich kann gar nicht so viel essen, wie ich kotzen will.

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Anita Wolf
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4 years ago

ÜBERRASCHUNG, that is-- wait, that's a trap, right?

Mike Kiefer
Community Member
4 years ago

Typo: Überraschung. There's an "h" missing XD

Erik Smit
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4 years ago

And then they manage to get the German wrong.

Gabriel Denis
Community Member
4 years ago

It's Überraschung though ;)

Inge Wuh
Community Member
4 years ago

In the word Überraschung they even have left out one letter :D

Ricardo Cerezo
Community Member
4 years ago

"Mexico" is not a lenguaje but a country! In Mexico SPANISH is spoken.

Valérie Duclos
Community Member
4 years ago

Überraschung.....nicht Überrascung

Riska Rahmawati
Community Member
4 years ago

Richtig ist :Ueberraschung,

Nguyen Thang
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the illustration

Angela Merola
Community Member
4 years ago

😂😂😂

Andreas Danzer
Community Member
4 years ago

There is a H missing! ÜBERRASCHUNG! Not to confuse ÜBERARSCHUNG (Overassholing) doesn't mean really anything ... but we still could use it ... somehow ... 😂😂😂

Johan Nobel
Community Member
4 years ago

you forgot the H: ÜBERRASCHUNG!

Jana Komankova
Community Member
4 years ago

it is Überraschung. You can also write Ueberraschung

Maggie Pearson
Community Member
4 years ago

Naturally.

Lubova Krylova
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, sometimes, surprises can be as bad as they sound in German :)

Gloria Spagnolello
Community Member
4 years ago

in the German word you forgot a letter....Ueberraschung....

Ignore Me
Community Member
4 years ago

Verrassing

Lelia Ungureanu
Community Member
4 years ago

I couldn't say that at a party, i think the birthday guy/girl would freak out and maybe slap me :)

Cecilia Spidla
Community Member
4 years ago

Instead of Mexico it should say Spanish, we're talking about languages, not countries :/

Cecilia Spidla
Community Member
4 years ago

Instead of Mexico it should say Spanish, we're talking about languages, not countries

Konstanze Kappell
Community Member
4 years ago

It's ÜberrascHung..

Roberta Calace
Community Member
4 years ago

it's spelled wrong!! ÜBERRASCHUNG und nicht Überrascung

Kat Blak
Community Member
4 years ago

When I first learned that in German class my teacher tried to make it sound pleasant. She failed.

Pandola
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1 year ago

sound so bad, I remember my Deutsh teacher, horrible sound...

Richard Pickman
Community Member
4 years ago

You missed the H letter, it's Überraschung, you stupid fuck. Educate yourself first.

Hans Koershuis
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1 year ago

WoW, nice reaction.

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

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I did nazi that coming

Cat Meow
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4 years ago

What's your point here?

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#11

Hand Shoes Make Perfect Sense

Hand Shoes Make Perfect Sense

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Roman Hans
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1 year ago

Here Germany makes much more sense. Why make up a new word when you can repurpose old ones? Gloves really are “hand shoes.”

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#12

Salad, Anyone?

Salad, Anyone?

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Monday
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1 year ago

I need to sort out my cable salad....

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#13

As A Foreigner Who’s Learning German, So Accurate

As A Foreigner Who’s Learning German, So Accurate

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

🤘😆

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#14

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Volker Burmester
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4 years ago

Sechs is german for six and sound almost like sex. Vier means four in german and sounds like fear. And fünf is german for five.

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#15

When German Language Wasn't Scary But Cute

When German Language Wasn't Scary But Cute

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Mary Peace
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1 year ago

The French say "How are you called?" when they want to know your name. I suppose it's like asking "How do I get your attention?" really.

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#16

Naming Animals In German

Naming Animals In German

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Beatrice Alighieri
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4 years ago

This is brilliant, I can't stop laughing XD

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#17

Best Photo From Trip To Berlin

Best Photo From Trip To Berlin

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Hans
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1 year ago

Fat hard street. nothing to see here, move along folks.

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#18

When German Language Had Like A Gazillion Ways To Say "Why".

When German Language Had Like A Gazillion Ways To Say "Why".

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Hans
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1 year ago

All of these have a different connotation and add to the richness of communication. You would also rather say "for which purpose do you use a rifle" than "why", if you seek to explore the intention.

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#19

When A Single Letter Made A Huge Difference

When A Single Letter Made A Huge Difference

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Hans
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1 year ago

Effect, affect...you will find enough examples in English, too.

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When German Language Wasn't As Cold And Ugly As They Always Say … But Beautiful And Emotional

When German Language Wasn't As Cold And Ugly As They Always Say … But Beautiful And Emotional

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

That is true

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#21

Makes Sense

Makes Sense

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Linus Nilsson
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1 year ago

I laughed, until I realized that it's the same in my language

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#22

This Is Why I Love The German Language

This Is Why I Love The German Language

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Tomek Sztuk
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1 year ago (edited)

Brilliant, although it's a purposefully complicated joke name :D Fahrradständer is a real German name for a bicycle stand, above says something in line of "climate protection enforcing device securing place" ;)

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#23

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Lilya
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4 years ago

Person: That's amazing! Me: That's sausage to me. Person: No, the post I was talking about. Me: SAUSAGE

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#24

Have Some Class

Have Some Class

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JuJu
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1 year ago

Nope. We use both. Usually depending on the vowel or Umlaut before the ss/ß.

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#25

When Even The Simpsons Had To Show The World How The German Language Is Trolling Everyone

When Even The Simpsons Had To Show The World How The German Language Is Trolling Everyone

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Kateryna
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1 year ago

"Die" is "the" relating to the feminine gender... so it sounds like they are indicating Bart is female

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#26

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Johan Nobel
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4 years ago

Funny, most of these work for Dutch as well and no, Dutch != German

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#27

When Germany Showed The World What "Wordception" Means.

When Germany Showed The World What "Wordception" Means.

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Hans
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1 year ago

You may need context. Essen is a town in the Ruhr area. Essen means food. essen means to eat. "Wollen wir heute in Essen ein wenig Essen essen?" thus makes sense.

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#28

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

Yes

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#29

German Is A Beautiful Language.

German Is A Beautiful Language.

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

I'd go with "Klugscheißer" (clever-pooper), don't know what that word above is supposed to mean.

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#30

When German Language Was Only For The Brave.

When German Language Was Only For The Brave.

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True Blue
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1 year ago

Hahahahahahahaha lord it's true

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#31

Literal Translations

Literal Translations

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

Well, they're not wrong

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#32

Tja

Tja

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

well...

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#33

About Time!

About Time!

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

When you least expect it

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#34

When German Language Was So Logical That It Confused You.

When German Language Was So Logical That It Confused You.

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Giorgio Prodoti
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1 year ago

in Italian also more or less

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Dear People Learning German...

Dear People Learning German...

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Monday
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1 year ago

Ah yes, I too find the weather very gay today.

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#36

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Cat Meow
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4 years ago

Someone count the points please. I'm curious. (I really don't play Scrabble... XD)

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#37

German Language Jokes

German Language Jokes

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

Wouldn't it be just Zusammengehörigkeit?

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#38

German Grammar Struggle

German Grammar Struggle

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Dee Hunter
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1 year ago

And if you REALLY want to confuse them: Use Russian. They have two more cases.

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Tiny Dynamine
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4 years ago

For your information, German isn't shouted aggressively by Germans at all. We imply that from the second world war because of how the Gestapo were. If you say the above German word normally, it sounds quite nice.

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#40

1. When German Language Nailed It.

1. When German Language Nailed It.

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

Never ever in my quite long life have I heard anybody use that word lol.

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#41

When Animals Sounded Way Cuter In German. Like Raccoon.

When Animals Sounded Way Cuter In German. Like Raccoon.

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Femme Finn
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1 year ago

Whoa! Same in Finnish, pesukarhu. I guess it comes directly from German.

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#42

Everytime

Everytime

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Kateryna
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1 year ago

All of which mean "the"

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#43

When German Language Showed That Germans Have A Strange Relationship To Their Tools. Or Their Mothers

When German Language Showed That Germans Have A Strange Relationship To Their Tools. Or Their Mothers

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DforDorothy
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1 year ago

In Hungarian also...

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#44

German Language

German Language

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

Emphasis on the first syllable- possible grave bodily harm court case coming your way, emphasize the last part and you're good.

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#45

German Is Such A Beautiful Language.

German Is Such A Beautiful Language.

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Reginald Joseph
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1 year ago

Stab mixer=they aren't wrong

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#46

Everything!

Everything!

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

hip-gold

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#47

Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Bianca Gue
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4 years ago

English is for the lazy people. :-P

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#48

When German Language Surprised You By Somehow Not Being Accurate Anymore

When German Language Surprised You By Somehow Not Being Accurate Anymore

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JuJu
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1 year ago

But there is only one that can suck and blow! The famous Heinzelmann.

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#49

When German Words Looked Like They Have To Be Kidding You

When German Words Looked Like They Have To Be Kidding You

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