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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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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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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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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Simplicity Is The Key

Simplicity Is The Key

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There's A Word For Everything In German Language

There's A Word For Everything In German Language

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Germans vs. Foreigners

Germans vs. Foreigners

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Unique German Words

Unique German Words

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The Language Of Poets

The Language Of Poets

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Kinder Kids

Kinder Kids

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Hand Shoes Make Perfect Sense

Hand Shoes Make Perfect Sense

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As A Foreigner Who’s Learning German, So Accurate

As A Foreigner Who’s Learning German, So Accurate

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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When German Language Wasn't Scary But Cute

When German Language Wasn't Scary But Cute

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Naming Animals In German

Naming Animals In German

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Best Photo From Trip To Berlin

Best Photo From Trip To Berlin

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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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When A Single Letter Made A Huge Difference

When A Single Letter Made A Huge Difference

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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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This Is Why I Love The German Language

This Is Why I Love The German Language

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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Have Some Class

Have Some Class

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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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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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When Germany Showed The World What "Wordception" Means.

When Germany Showed The World What "Wordception" Means.

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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German Is A Beautiful Language.

German Is A Beautiful Language.

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When German Language Was Only For The Brave.

When German Language Was Only For The Brave.

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Literal Translations

Literal Translations

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When German Language Was So Logical That It Confused You.

When German Language Was So Logical That It Confused You.

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Dear People Learning German...

Dear People Learning German...

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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German Language Jokes

German Language Jokes

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German Grammar Struggle

German Grammar Struggle

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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1. When German Language Nailed It.

1. When German Language Nailed It.

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When Animals Sounded Way Cuter In German. Like Raccoon.

When Animals Sounded Way Cuter In German. Like Raccoon.

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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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German Is Such A Beautiful Language.

German Is Such A Beautiful Language.

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Funny German Language

Funny German Language

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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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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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Learn German If You Der

Learn German If You Der

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