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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Funny German Language

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4 years ago

abbreviation: http://marathonsprachen.com/clarifying-german-abbreviations-usw/

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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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Funny 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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Funny German 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."

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John L Kelly
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4 years ago

Certainly is efficient, don't you think?

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#5

Funny 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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#6

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Lilya
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4 years ago

Ha that's so me.

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#7

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

same

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#8

Funny German Language

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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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#9

When Even German Kids Got Involved In This Mess!

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Maximilian Klein
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7 months ago

Thats probably Switzerland in the background of the picture

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#10

Funny German Language

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

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I did nazi that coming

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#11

German Language In A Nutshell

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Roman Hans
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7 months 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?

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Delicious.

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#13

As A Foreigner Who’s Learning German, So Accurate

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Britta B
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7 months ago

:D :D :D :D

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#14

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.

Gabriel Cervantes
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4 years ago

Thnks 4 that..

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Chrissi Wood
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4 years ago

How do German nuns count? Eins, zwei, drei, vier, funf, we don't talk about it, sieben, acht......

Toea Muresan Iulia
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7 months ago

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Marie Rundel
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4 years ago

Muhaha! I'm German and I can't stop laughing about this!!!

Felicity Lemon
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6 months ago

Same

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Intensive Panda
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4 years ago

😂😂😂

Julia NotMyLastname
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4 years ago

OK THIS IS AMAZING THIS IS WHAT GERMAN JOKES SHOULD LOOK LIKE

Amin Sorbi
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4 years ago

I wanted to learn German, but now I'm starting to vier!!

VisKit
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4 years ago

OMG!!! Es ist sehr komisch!!!!

Lydia Coy
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7 months ago

Accurate

Analyn Lahr
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7 months ago

That's funny. Once I read the comment that explained it.

Soodney
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7 months ago

Ah, yes. TF2 is back

Felicity Lemon
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7 months ago

Yup

Linda HS
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7 months ago

Snorted...

Maria Ana Pineda-Gonzales
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4 years ago

Hahahaha!

Nichole DeWald
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4 years ago

😂

Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

haha

Ilse Baker
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3 months ago

The word SECHS for the number six always made my students giggle. Ilse

Whatshername
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7 months ago

This should be way up 🤣

ArhomR
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7 months ago

Hahaha!!

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
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7 months ago

Excellent!

Debra Powers
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7 months ago

Now ,that's funny!

Samantha Prendergast
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7 months ago

This one made me chuckle.

NoNameGames __
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7 months ago

5

Sophia Cai
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2 years ago

+the accent...

Sid Martin
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4 years ago

The s is pronounced like a z, so it isn't like sex but zex.

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#15

When German Language Wasn't Scary But Cute As F**k

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Hans
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7 months ago

I think making fun of Germans announcing the time in a language that has the completely superfluous am and pm is funny.

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#16

Funny German Language

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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

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DC
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7 months ago

Hahahaha ... Dick! Hard! Hahaha!

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#18

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

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Hans
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7 months 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

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Hans
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7 months ago

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

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#20

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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7 months ago

That is true

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#21

Makes Sense

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Linus Nilsson
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7 months 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

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elliza a.rahim
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7 months ago

Climate protection implementation device mooring point

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#23

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

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WilvanderHeijden
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7 months ago

ß = ALT+225

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#25

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

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Uhmm...well...

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#26

Funny German Language

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Sigrid Vinter
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4 years ago

Many of these could be Danish too. Apart from the hand shoes..

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#27

When Germany Showed The World What "Wordception" Means.

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Hans
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7 months 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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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

Yes

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#29

German Is A Beautiful Language.

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months 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.

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Wolfblood Fanatic
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7 months ago

true.

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#31

Funny German Language

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

Well, they're not wrong

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#32

Tja

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

well...

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#33

About Time!

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

When you least expect it

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#34

When German Language Was So Logical That It Confused You.

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Giorgio Prodoti
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7 months ago

in Italian also more or less

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#35

Dear People Learning German...

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Vicky Zar
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7 months ago

That Jane Austen reference

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#36

Funny German Language

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

Translation: Home Depot

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#37

Funny-German-Language-Jokes

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Vicky Zar
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7 months ago

Wouldn't it be just Zusammengehörigkeit?

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#38

German Gramatik Struggle

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DaVo
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7 months ago

This is the easy bit....

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#39

Funny German Language

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Arty
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4 years ago

what's interesting is that any of these European language have very different terms for the same animal

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#40

1. When German Language Nailed It.

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months 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.

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Femme Finn
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7 months ago

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

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#42

Everytime

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Kateryna
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7 months 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

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Xavier Sans
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7 months ago

In Catalan, "female".

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#44

German Language

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months 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.

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Reginald Joseph
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7 months ago

Stab mixer=they aren't wrong

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#46

Everything!

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

hip-gold

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#47

Funny German Language

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Dixon's Mama
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4 years ago

What??

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#48

When German Language Surprised You By Somehow Not Being Accurate Anymore

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

blasen or Blasen

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#49

When German Words Looked Like They Have To Be Kidding You

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Yes, please.

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#50

Learn German If You Der

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Femme Finn
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7 months ago

Well when you really think about the word "butterfly", is it a sexy word? Butter. Fly.

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