German Surprise of the Day

surpriseHello everyone,

and welcome. I know most of you are waiting for part 3 of our mini series on word order and I wanted to do it but then someone suggested a topic and the idea was so great I knew instantly that would be the next post. So get ready for… drum roll please….. brrrrrrrrrrr dishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Style Special – animal movements

Tadahahhhh. If this isn’t useful, then I don’t know what is. So let’s start right with the wiggling dolphins make to move forward which in German is called…

Okay no I’m kidding of course. We won’t talk about animal movements today. I have a little surprise for you.

Last summer I reviewed a language learning website called FluentU. They are offering real life, authentic video content. And the awesome thing is…. they add subtitles. And the awesome thing about that is… it’s not just subtitles. It’s subtitles with a dictionary built in so you can hover over every word and get a translation as well as a bit of background if needed. And the awesome things about THAT is that the player automatically stops.
So it’s basically a tool that let’s you study with real people and real language even if you’re not that advanced yet.
Here’s the webpage

FluentU – Homepage

And here’s the review of last summer:

FluentU – Review

Now, why am I bringing this up?
Because they’re working on an iPhone app and they’re looking for you! As beta testers.
They’re offering 10 free beta accounts and the only condition is that you’re willing to actually spent some time with the software and give some feedback if needed, And you need an iPhone of course.
If you’re now like “Hell yeah, I want to try that out” then here’s what you have to do

Leave a comment with your favorite German word and maybe a little
bit about why you like it so much. The 5 words that get the highest
number of likes will get an account. I’ll randomly pick the other 5.
(I’ll leave that open till Wednesday)

Oh and make sure to leave your e-mail so I can contact you. Oh and another thing… if you were lucky enough to get a beta invite last summer I’d be fair to give others a chance. You can still leave your favorite German word though because I’m kind of curious :).
So, that’s already it. And just in case you are wondering what the movement of the dolphin is called… I have absolutely idea.
Ich wünsche euch einen super Start in die Woche und wir sehen uns später mit… word order.
Bis dann

Oh by the way, just in case you’re wondering… this post in NOT sponsored.  I just do it for the goodies I get to hand out :)

for members :)

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Honor Hill
Honor Hill

My favorite word is Eichhörnchen. Why? A succession of hard sounds for English-speakers to do; some Germans have trouble too; squirrels are cute.

T.
T.

Hi,
nice surprise. That sounds interesting. I would like to try the app, not only because I spend good time in busses alone with my iphone -and before with duolingo-, but also because i worked as iphone & android apps developer.
However, back to the favourite word: ohh it became hard.. as I started learning German “doch” was always my favourite (same with “allora” in Italian). now I am still looking for a favourite word mmm… oh got it:

Mein Lieblingswort ist: Freiburg, but only when it is said like this: Freiburch :)

Simmo-karlsruhe
Simmo-karlsruhe

Can you please pass me the Eieschalesollbruckstellrverursache?
The what?
You know, the “Egg shell breaking and perforating device”. It’s a classic invention that perforates your egg so that the top can be sliced off cleanly with a knife. German engineering. Every Haus should have one

Anonymous
Anonymous

Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher.

squeezeboxgoddess

My favorite German word is “Fahrt”. I love it especially when it’s on a giant road sign wishing me a “Gute Fahrt”. It’s impossible for me to not smile when I read these words of encouragement… and roll down the window… and watch the other passengers freak out. :) (My email address is the same as my wordpress name, just add @gmail.com )

Azzie
Azzie

My favorite German word is “Kopfkino,” since it perfectly describes what is OFTEN taking place in my head….

Heiko
Heiko

My favorite German word is “wiederverwertet” because it’s so frickin fun to say (try it!) and it means recycled, and recycling is good!

PS it’s even more fun to say when you tack adjective endings on it :D

Don
Don

Very cool site – I like it!

tom Schwarz
tom Schwarz

Dude you are great. You make me laugh so much. And you’re deep. Head last was awesome )) !!

MegaMu
MegaMu

Ooooh that’s wierd. My lieblingswort is eichhörnchen too. Because its funny to say. And yes squirrels are cute. My other
favourite german word is Wolkenkratzer.

Because the visual image is funny. Because the first time I read it i had to do that quick calculation of what it could mean and because it was one of the first words that made me realise how similar english and german actually are and how language and words are ‘put together’ and new words are built. And its so similar to the english yet manages to also be a different construction.

stehrhardt
stehrhardt

My favorite German word is “Glück”. I needed speech lessons in kindergarten because usually no one could understand what I was trying to say. But for some reason I said “Glück” whenever I was happy, and my English speaking family made the association and understood. Imagine my surprise when a few years later I was taught some German words, which included my old friend happiness, joy and good luck all rolled into one word (I think it was in a song)

gökhan
gökhan

Hello “German is easy” and hello everyone.
I am following this web site since 2012, last time i have commented about the word “doch” here and it was definitely amazing to completely understand a word …. I have just read the mail about that new app and the need of beta testers for it. I believe this is a great chance for me to get fluent in German because i live in Turkey and we don’t have too many chances to practice. I got so much to say and i am eager to learn new words and language learning techniques everyday. This is my chance i know it and this is the word i love the most nowadays … beziehungsweise …. these are the words which is confusing at first but then suddenly, incredibly usefull … just like “doch” … that is why i like them. They are like those gadgets or spells in video games which gives you life or saves you in a desperate moment …
Have a nice day folks!

Nanda
Nanda

Hello! the App sounds really great! I would like to test it since that i´m always trying new ways to improve my German :)
Well my favorite word in German is “Baumschule”! it is not cute? I always thought that sound really great … a school for trees.. hahaha, that in reality is a Plant nursery where you can go and buy your new plants.

Alan Hochberg
Alan Hochberg

My favorite German word is “pudelwohl”. I mean, have you ever seen a Pudel that didn’t look wohl?

rae333

My favorite word is flugzeug since it is so fun to say!

Maria T.
Maria T.

I love learning German and think it’s a beautiful language (a view unfortunately not shared by many) and yet there are still times when it betrays me, as if I’ve been pulled underwater by a relentless undertoe, unable to surface and quickly feeling the lack of oxygen sucking the life out of me. This is oftentimes the way learning German makes me feel, what with its insufferable word order, unmanageable declinations and never-ending words.

This is why my favorite German word is “bitte.”

Pardon?, Please, You’re Welcome, Go Ahead, Not at All, Here you go, Sure, etc…

The word “bitte” in German feels like that first breath of fresh air after you’ve finally emerged from the water. Not only does it apply in a wide array of situations but it’s one of the few German words that I find easy to pronounce.

Elaine
Elaine

Arschderwelt.

I just think its funny. I heard it for the first time in the public swimming pool from a Mom to her son, (I, not really understanding german, heard something like..) “Stop playing over there in the arschderwelt. blah blah blah” Or maybe I just interpreted it like that. I don’t know. I just heard arschderwelt and asked a friend what it meant, and then he showed me this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiRCDyDXY24 .

(My second favorite word is: katzeklo .)

Elaine
Elaine

I just looked this up. Is Arschderwelt one word or three words? Arsch der Welt. My failure if it is three word. Then I will go with my favorite word: katzeklo. For obvious reasons.

Safia
Safia

My favourite word is das unumgängliche (I discovered it in Anne Carson’s Nox). She defines it as “overtakelessness” – ‘that which cannot be got round. Cannot be avoided or seen to the back of.’ Somehow this really appeals to me :)

hgolightly12
hgolightly12

I’ve always loved Ellenbogen. It sounds fun and is fun to say and when you teach kids body parts in German they giggle the most!

Grateful Reader
Grateful Reader

And Katzenellenbogen is a real surname.

matt
matt

Meine Lieblingswort ist bisher “schmuddelwetter”. Ich maag dass es scheint genau meine Gefühle zu bezeichnen, wann das Wetter ist Schmuddel