German Words of the Day

Hi there, it’s Stephan, from Expath! Because I LOVE German and researching what makes the language tick, I’ve put together a handy collection of interesting and useful little German vocabulary snippets for you to enjoy, as always with explanations in English. While we’re constructing this section, the “previous” and “next” links are not active yet in the posts. Enjoy these German words of the day!

1) Useful German Idiom: “Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof”

2) A tale of two pastries: “Amerikaner and Berliner”

3) How to say “it depends” in German

4) How to make words cute in German

5) The German False Friend “bekommen”

6) How to say “to pay” and “to count” in German

7) Useful German Idiom: “Den Teufel an die Wand malen”

8) How to be formal or informal in German

9) How to say “to talk” or “to speak” in German

10) How to say “favorite” in German

11) The false friend “spenden” in German

12) How to say “clock” and “hour” in German

13) The questions “Wer?” and “Wo?” in German

14) The confusing German word “wollen”

15) How to say “What kind(s) of…” in German

16) How to say “to meet” in German

17) How to pronounce the Umlaute “ä” “ö” and “ü” in German

18) How to say “spoiled” in German

19) How to say “it’s not my fault” in German

20) How to say “conspiracy” in German

21) How to say “application” in German

22) How to say “wherever” in German

23) How to say that something isn’t working in German

24) How to tell time in German

25) How to say “pressure” in German

26) How to say “urban legend” in German

27) Similar words “Riese” and “Reise” in German

28) How to say “to complain” in German

29) How to say “decision” in German

30) How to talk about friends in German

31) How to talk about bad weather in German

32) Useful German Idiom: “Die Sau rauslassen”

33) How to use the German word “Chef”

34) How to say “back and forth” in German

35) How Germans use the word “earworm”

36) How to express surprise in German

37) How to say “to develop” in German

38) How to say “it hurts” in German

39) How to say “to cut in line” in German

40) How Germans use the word “Eselsbrücke”

41) How to express obligation in German

42) Similar-Sounding Words in German: “Kirche” and “Kirsche”

43) How to say “stage fright” in German

44) How to express “it says” in German

45) How to say “glove” in German

46) What do Germans mean when they say “Es zieht”?

47) How to say “to pull one’s leg” in German

48) How to say “you’re getting on my nerves” in German

49) How to say that someone is crazy in German

50) How to say “grass widow” in German

51) How to say that something is a “stone’s throw away” in German

52) How to say “to come on to someone” in German

53) How to say “happy” and “lucky” in German

54) How to say “awkward” in German

55) How to say “to annoy” in German

56) How to say “to exaggerate” in German

57) How to say “to know” in German

58) How to say “to live” in German

59) Useful German Idiom: “Einen Vogel haben”

60) Different ways of saying “exhausted” in German

61) Useful German Idiom: “Der springende Punkt”

62) How to say “challenge” in German

63) Useful German Idiom: “Ich glaube mein Schwein pfeift”

64) What do Germans call the end of the workday?

65) How to express “having fun” in German

66) How to say “memory” in German

67) How to say “busy” in German

68) How to say “compassion” in German

69) How to say “confusing” in German

70) How to say “building” in German

71) How to say “technique” and “technology” in German

72) How to say “to pretend” in German

73) How to talk about photography in German

74) How to say “to agree” in German

75) How to say “to carry” or “to wear” in German

76) How to say “to grow up” in German

77) How to say “excuse” in German

78) How to say “to move” in German

79) How to say “branch” or “industrial sector” in German

80) How to say “to relax” in German

81) How to say “education” in German

82) How to say “artsy” and “artificial” in German

83) How to say “suspicious” in German

84) How to say “reliable” in German

85) How to say “imagination” in German

86) How to say “to afford something” in German

87) Different ways of saying “to eat” in German

88) How to say “to compete” in German

89) How to say “to cheat” in German

90) How to say “to order” in German

91) How to say “to need” in German

92) How to say “average” in German

93) How to say “shy” in German

94) How to say “to collect” in German

95) How to say “to judge” in German

96) How to say “sound” in German

97) How to say “news” in German

98) How to say “to gossip” in German

99) How to say “electricity” in German

100) How to say “research” in German

101) How to say “entertainment” in German

102) How to better tell “der” “die” “das” in German

103) How to say “to put” in German

104) How to say “ability” or “skill” in German

105) How to say “popular” in German

106) How to say “bored” in German

107) How to say “environment” in German

108) How to give a gift in German

109) How to say “to practice” in German

110) How to say “unique” in German

111) How to say “enthusiastic” in German

112) How to say “trapped” or “caught” in German

113) How to say “random” in German

114) How to say “to save” in German

115) How to say “connected” in German

116) How to say “courage” in German

117) How to say “to vote” in German

118) How to say “invitation” in German

119) How to say “to prefer” in German

120) How to say “rubbish” or “trash” in German

121) How to say “curious” in German

122) How to say “mean” in German

123) How to say “to argue” in German

124) How to say “fake” in German

125) How to say “hardworking” and “lazy” in German

126) How to say “surrender” in German

127) How to say “surprise” in German

128) How to say “trustworthy” in German

129) How to say “mood” in German

130) How to say “stubborn” in German

131) How to say “ambitious” in German

132) How to say “stingy” in German

133) How to say “weak” and “strong” in German

134) How to say “crazy” in German

135) How to say “clumsy” in German

136) How to say “available” in German

137) How to say “to consist” in German

138) How to say “sensitive” in German

139) How to say “for free” in German

140) How to say “to be afraid” in German

141) How to say “useless” in German

142) How to say “to visit” in German

143) How to say “to advise” in German

144) How to say “to avoid” in German

145) How to say “to belong” or “to own” in German

146) How to say “to announce” in German

147) How to say “to guess” in German

148) How to say “support” in German

149) How to say “to serve” in German

150) How to say “member” in German

151) How to say “behavior” in German

152) How to say “to reflect” in German

153) How to say “difficult” in German

154) How to say “darkness” in German

155) How to say “reward” in German

156) How to say “to admit” in German

157) How to say “brain” in German

158) How to say “to remove” in German

159) How to say “to fit” in German

160) How to say “luck” in German

161) How to say “impressive” in German

162) How to say “comfortable” in German

163) How to say “to hide” in German

164) How to say “transparent” in German

165) How to say “impossible” in German

166) How to say “full” in German

167) How to say “improvement” in German

168) How to say “to shine” or “to seem” in German

169) How to say “to collide” in German

170) How to say “jealous” or “envious” in German

171) How to say “tempted” in German

172) How to say “incentive” in German

173) How to say “to stay” in German

174) How to say “to show” in German

175) How to say “disappointed” in German

176) How to say “to reach” in German

177) How to say “intelligent” in German

178) How to say “buddy” or “mate” in German

179) How to say “alien” in German

180) How to say “to vomit” in German