• Berlin: Book Tower on Bebelplatz square
    Berlin: Book Tower on Bebelplatz square ©DZT (Dirk Topel, Topel Kommunikation GmbH)

German Language – Your German 101 from Autobahn to Zeitgeist

Gemütlichkeit. Fahrvergnügen. Wunderkind. While many commonly used phrases came with those who traveled to the New World from Germany, others made their way to the US by way of advertising. If you are interested in learning German, please contact your local Goethe Institut. Find a compilation of some surprising German imports here.

Abseiling

Angst

Auto - Autobahn

Beergarden

Bratwurst

Burgher

Dankeschön

Doppelgänger

Eigenvalue

Fahrvergnügen

Faulein/Fräulein

Fussball

Gemütlichkeit

Gesundheit

Hinterland

Kaffeeklatsching

Kaputt

Katzenjammer

Kindergarten

Kohlrabi

Lederhosn

Leitmotiv

Mensch

Muesli

OOM PAH PAH Music

Poltergeist

Pretzel

Prost!

Sauerkraut

Schadenfreude

Schatzi

to schlep, to shlep

Schmier (“Schmeer”)

Schnapps

Schnitzel

Strudel

Teergrube

über/uber

Verboten

Wanderlust

Wunderkind

Zeitgeist