Do You Know the Meaning of These Simple German Words?

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Sprichst du Deutsch? English and the German language may be cousins, but that doesn't mean that by knowing how to speak one you automatically speak the other. The two are, in fact, quite different, with different histories, systems of sounds, accents and major grammatical differences. For example, in German, nouns can have any of 3 different genders. Yes, that's right. 3 genders.  

Some of the German language's most famous words are long and weird by English standards. These are the words like Kummerspeck, which literally translates to "grief bacon." This word refers to the weight put on due to emotional eating in times of stress or grief. There's also Treppenwitz, which means "staircase joke." This refers to the phenomenon where people think of the best comebacks after an encounter or argument is over. 

While many of us took Spanish, French or German in school, these language skills can quickly become rusty if they are not put to use. It's very hard to learn a language, but losing one can happen before you know it. If you are a language master with a love for all things German who has a strong German language vocabulary, then put your skills to the ultimate test with this HowStuffWorks German language quiz!  


Die Frau can be used to mean woman, lady, female or wife in German. Synonyms include das Weib and die Dame.


Hund means dog in German. Hündchen means puppy.


Mutter means mother in German. Vater means father.


Der Käse is German for cheese. It is a noun.


Der Mann is German for man. Other words used to mean man include der Mensch and die Bullen.


Die Blume is the German word for flower. The verb meaning to bloom is blühen.


Der Äpfel means apples in German. One apple is Der Apfel.


Gott means God in German. Götze is another German word which can be used to mean God.


Regen is the German noun for rain. The German verb for to rain is regnen.


Schön is a German adjective meaning beautiful. It also means nice, lovely and good.


Fleisch is the German noun for general meats of flesh. Huhn means chicken and Steak is the same in both English and German.


Sommer is the German word for summer. These words are quite similar on paper but the pronunciation is quite different.


German has many words for pink. These include rosa, pink and rosafarben.


Wütend means angry or furious in German. A German synonym of this adjective is zornig.


Mittwoch looks a lot like midweek. It means Wednesday in German.


Lieben is a German verb meaning to love. The noun love is die Liebe.


Der Himmel means sky in German. It can also mean heaven.


Krank is a German adjective. It means sick or ill.


Das Auto is German for car. Der Wagen and das Fahrzeug can also be used.


Das Brot means bread in German. The verb meaning to bread something is panieren.


Das Haar is German for hair. Der Haarschnitt is a haircut.


Die Nacht means night in German. Evening is der Abend.


Der Arzt is the German word for doctor. Others include der Doktor and der Mediziner.


Nein means no in German. In different contexts, nicht and kein can also be used.


Das Kind means child in German. This word can also be used for kid, baby and offspring.


Das Mittagessen is German for lunch. It is the words for middle and meal combined.


Lila is one of the German words to describe shades of purple. Others include purpurrot, violett and dunkelrot.


Die Jacke is one of the German words for jacket. Others include Mantel and Ummantelung.


Die Zitrone is German for lemon. Other German words for lemon include der Zitronenbaum and das Zitrongelb.


Schlafen is a German verb which means to sleep. The German verb übernachten can also mean to sleep or to spend the night.


Lecker is a German adjective which means tasty. German synonyms of lecker include geschmackvoll and schmackhaft.


Glücklich can mean happy, lucky or blessed in German. Synonyms of this adjective include zufrieden and froh.


One of the most common German words used for airplane is das Flugzeug. The word die Maschine can be used to refer to a plane, engine, or other vehicle.


Clever is a German word meaning smart. German synonyms include intelligent, klug and schlau,


Die Stadt is a German word for city. Die Großstadt is also used.

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