Friday, 5 September 2014

A Friendly Reminder That German Can Be Beautiful

Let's face it; of all the languages out there German is by far the angriest sounding one. My German teacher in school herself admitted that one of her favourite things to do when angry was shout "Bleistift" because it sounded like a swear word. Bleistift is the German word for pencil. PENCIL. Regardless of that though, there are some words and terms that are pretty beautiful. Just, you know, not if you say them in an angry voice.

This is, of course, assuming that "weltschmerz" is an actual German word. I did pick it up in a comic book after all. I just checked and it is indeed a real word, and that is what it means. Way to go comic book.

There are several words out there with no direct English translation, so what are some of your favourites? Some of you might even have some that are your own native language. 


  1. I would have to do hours of research to properly answer the question you ask. However, I have heard that in Japan they had to rename the movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" to "Micro-Kids" because there is no Japanese word comparable to "Honey."

  2. When I asked, my sister-in-law, who has a degree in German (yeah, she's unemployed) taught me a phrase in (surprise!) German:
    "Ich habbe ein grossen bleistift."
    Shoulda seen all the looks I got from from the barmaids when I told them I had a big pencil.
    Ahhhhh, the language of love.

  3. You know I had to google "weltschmerz" just to see if it was a word and yes it is.........I know I should have just trusted you but hell this is me and I like to google things just saying................since I do not speak any other language than english I have no idea about the translation thing


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