Germans are a curious bunch. We like beer, lederhosen, and sausages – maybe. I myself don’t like the taste of beer, I never wore a lederhosen but I do like sausage and sauerkraut now and then.
Awesome German words (and what they mean)
We also talk funny … at least for foreigners. I once was asked if I yell at my girlfriend. No, just normal talking. She was as surprised as myself. But then, we Germans have a tendency to sound a bit yelly for other people. But we also have some awesome phrases and words:
Our favorite German words
There are many more too. However, my personal favorites are Weltschmerz, Wanderlust, Zuhause, and Heimat. These are all nouns and describe different things:
- Weltschmerz – Germany prides itself as the “Land der Dichter und Denker” (the country of poets and philosophers), so this term fits perfectly. Weltschmerz is a melancholic feeling of not belonging in the world itself. It is often described by poets and in dramas.
- Wanderlust – We Germans also like to travel. Wanderlust literally means “longing for a hike” and describes the inner need to see the world, different countries. Essentially, when we have wanderlust we want to make something like a road trip.
- Zuhause – My home is my castle is true. Zuhause literally means “at home” but as a noun. It can describe the feeling you have in your own home. The warmth and the security of your own house, flat, etc.
- Heimat – The feeling to belong somewhere. German Heimat can describe a village, city, or region. Even the whole country or sometimes the European continent. It depends on your point of view. To me, Heimat is Mitteldeutschland (Middle Germany) a loose combination of parts of the federal states of Saxony Anhalt, Saxony, and Thuringia.
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Since 2011, I work as Schrift-Architekt, a freelance consultant for social media and for some time now I am an avid German podcaster with #Onlinegeister, radio about internet culture, social media, and PR.
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