German words with translations: Funny and amusing German words

German has a very strong relationship with compound nouns, so there are a lot of funny words and funny phrases in this language. It's impossible to translate them verbatim into English or Russian, they are specific and unique. But isn't it cool? When learning a new language, discover words that have no analogues or equivalents in Russian or any other language.

Our previous post with beautiful German words gathered so many reactions that we decided to go deeper into this topic and share German words from another category.

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Continuing the theme of booze, this word can come in handy at the weekend. Feuchtfröhlich - literally "wet happiness." It is an adjective to describe the moment when the alcohol is flowing. Because who would be sad when the bartender is mixing a cocktail? Alcohol is flowing like a river! In the sentence it is used like this: ein feuchtfröhlicher Abend.

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Du bist das Gelbe vom Ei

Probably the favorite part of an egg for most people is the yolk. So it's no surprise that the phrase literally translates to "you are the yolk," which means "you are exactly what I need."

Without a doubt, German boasts a variety of creative words. Some of them sound a little strange, but we swear we didn't make anything up-these words really do exist. Now that we laughed heartily together, it's time to write to German-speaking users in Tandem to giggle at these words and phrases, use them the next time you communicate with your Tandem partner.

German Dictionary: How do they make jokes in Germany?

Sometimes they make jokes so funny that you would need a dictionary. And sometimes they make you cry. Although other examples of German humor seem no funnier than a police report or a pharmacy prescription, the country has its own traditions in this area.


Kalauer, aka.

"Flachwitz" or "Plattwitz"

A play on words, consisting of the contrasting meanings of similar-sounding words. A rather difficult genre to translate.

According to one version, the term comes from the name of the German town of Kalau, where in Martin Luther's time there seemed to be a particularly witty pastor, and where from 1848 to 1944 the magazine Kladderadatsch, which offered weekly satirical news, was printed.


Leisure: German Dictionary: How do they joke in Germany?

German jokes often use the name of little Fritzchen, a fictional mischievous boy who has an English "relative" named Johnny or a Soviet Vovochka.

Thus, Fritzchen asks his teacher, "Can I be punished for something I haven't done?" The teacher replies: "Of course not, that would be very unfair!". Fritzchen is relieved: "That's good, because I haven't done my homework."

Alle Kinder.

In this kind of "children's" jokes, a certain structure is repeated, ending with the child's name, which rhymes with the last word. Here is an example of an adapted translation: "Alle Kinder sagen 'Amen', nur nicht Ingo, der ruft 'Bingo' / "Children all shout: 'Amen!', only Ingo shouts: "Bingo!"

The humor of "Alle Kinder" is often blackest, akin to sadistic Russian poems about a little boy. For example: "Alle Kinder laufen in den Bunker, nur nicht Beate, die fängt die Granate" / "The children all run to the bunker. But not Beate

That catches the grenade."


Leisure time: German Dictionary: How do they joke in Germany?

Every country has its own, you might say, "ethnic objects" of ridicule. In Germany

are the East Frisians, members of a national minority who became characters in jokes in the 1960s. But the successful East Frisian comedian Otto Waalkes has made jokes about slow Frisians so trademark that the people of the mocked region can even be said to have, in a sense, a certain sense of pride.


"Opel Manta."

is a German sports car model produced from 1970 to 1988. The protagonists of the "Manta" jokes are

Rude macho and aggressive drivers with blond girlfriends. For example, a Manta driver arrives at a service station and asks for his horn to be fixed. "Your brakes don't work either."

remarks the mechanic and is told, "I know, that's why I have to honk my horn all the time."


Leisure time: German Dictionary: How do they joke in Germany?

"Liegt der Bauer tot im Zimmer, lebt er nimmer"

"If the peasant lies dead, then he will not escape death." Such parodies of folk wisdom in a traditionally rhyming style may contain an absurd or tautological rule, jokes of a sexual nature, or remarks about the weather.

"Ists an Silvester hell und klar, dann ist am nächsten Tag Neujahr"

This example of farmer humor can be translated as, "If it doesn't rain on Silvester

the next day the New Year will come." Just in case

St. Sylvester's Day is celebrated in Catholic countries on December 31.


The topics of such humor, which reflected the situation of the citizens of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) from 1949 to 1990, were usually politics or economic deficits. A border guard at the Berlin Wall asks another: "What do you think of the GDR?

The same as you,

the fellow soldier answers evasively.

In that case, I must arrest you immediately!"

Radio Yerevan

Leisure time: German Dictionary: How do they joke in Germany?

Popular in Eastern Bloc countries, jokes parodying a series of questions and answers were called "Armenian Radio" in the USSR.

In the German version, the answers usually began with : "In principle yes, but...". Radio Yerevan asks: "Is it true that there is no censorship in the Soviet Union?" The answer is: "In principle yes, but we will not discuss this question further.


The stereotypical "Beamte," that is, government officials in jokes look like slow and lazy bureaucrats. Three boys are arguing. The first one says, "My father

is a racing driver, he's the fastest. "No, my dad's

an air force pilot, he's the fastest."

replies the second. "I don't think so."

says the third. "My father is a

is an official; he's so fast that when his workday ends at 5 p.m., he's home by 1:00."


Leisure time: German Dictionary: How do they joke in Germany?

"Antiwitz" often depicts a short, absurd scene. Two muffins are sitting next to each other in a preheated oven. Suddenly one of them says, "It's kind of hot today..." The other one frightenedly replies: "Oh my God! A talking cupcake!"

Phrases in German for first contact

In RussianIn GermanHow to read
HelloGrüss GottGrüss Gott
Good MorningGuten MorgenGý:ten morgen
Good morningGuten TagGý:tön ta:k
Good eveningGuten AbendGý:tön á:bent
How was your trip?Wie war Ihre Reise?Wie wa:r ú:ré reise?
How was your/your trip?Wie geht es Ihnen/ dir?Wie g:et es ú:nen/ di:r?
Thank you, that's fine.Danke, gut.Danke, gu:t.
Do you speak Russian?Sprechen Sie Russisch?Sprechen sie rýsisch?
I speak Russian/EnglishJch kann Russisch/EnglischIch kann Russisch/Englisch
I speak a little German.Jch spreche etwas DeutschIch spreche etwas Deutsch
I (do not) understand you.Jch (nicht) verstehe Sie.Ich (nicht) fahrsthe:ee zee.
I understand (not) everything.Jch verstehe (nicht) alles.Ich (nicht) fährsthe:e (nicht) áles.
My name is...Ich heiße... Mein Name ist...Ich heiße ... Mein ná:me ist...
My Family name is...Mein Familienname ist...Mein Famú:leienname ist...
And what is your name?Und wie heißen Sie?Und wie heißen Sie?
Very gladFreut michFreut mich.
Where are you from?Woher kommen Sie?Woher kommen Sie?
I am from... Russia MoscowIch bin aus... Russland MoskauIch bin aus... Russland Moskau
Are you married? Married?Sind Sie verheiratet?Zint zee verheiratet?
I am (not) married.Ich bin (nicht), verheiratet.Ich bin (nicht), verheiratet.
Do you work or study?Arbeiten Sie oder studieren Sie?Árbeiten zi ó:dær shtudú:ren zi?

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One Comment

  1. Dieter

    02.01.2019 at 03:36 3 years ago

    Thank you so much! Very helpful! The only point, I think there is a mistake in the first table "Jch (nicht) verstehe Sie", the correct one is: Jch verstehe Sie (nicht), oder?


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  • Witze über Vegetarier - Germans joke about vegetarians
  • Ein Berliner, ein Bayer und ein Schwabe - Berliner, Bavarian and Swabe
  • Erster Arbeitstag, the first day of a new job.
  • Ungefähr die Hälfte - Roughly half.
  • Vorstellungsgespräch - Interview
  • Wenn ich ein Generaldirektor wäre - If I were general ...
  • Im Gartenlokal - In a summer restaurant
  • Morgen fahre ich fort - Tomorrow I'm leaving.
  • Fahrrad gegen Straßenbahn - Bicycle versus streetcar.
  • Kalt - Cold
  • Ich habe mich gewogen - I weigh myself.
  • Schnell, bevor's losgeht! - Schnell, bevor's losgeht!
  • Vorteile und Nachteile - Advantages and disadvantages.
  • Gefährlicher Aberglaube - Dangerous superstition.
  • So was haben wir nicht - We do not have that.
  • Welcher Vogel ist das? - What kind of bird?
  • Vergrößern Sie bitte! - Enlarge the picture!
  • Harte Landung - Hard landing.
  • Mit wem sprechen Sie? - Who are you talking to?
  • Mehr Gehalt und noch drei Witze - A pay rise and three more jokes in German.
  • Deutsch Unterricht - German lesson.
  • Drei berühmte Männer mit dem Anfangsbuchstaben B - Three celebrities with the letter B
  • Auf den Kopf achten! - Take care of your head!
  • Die Schnecke - Snail
  • Kunstunterricht - Art class
  • Das Ungeheuer - The Beast
  • Schon wieder Pech - Unlucky
  • Was gibt's zum mittag? - What's for dinner?
  • Onkel oder Tante. Uncle or aunt? (Beware! Berlin dialect)
  • Verdammte Journalisten. Journalisten
  • Eine Pistole im Handschuhfach. Gun in the glove compartment.
  • Schall und Licht. Sound and light.
  • Ein Wunsch. The fulfillment of desires.
  • Lottogewinn. Winning the bingo. (For women only).
  • Andere Umstände. In position.
  • Ein Schönes Lied. The most expensive song.
  • Die Schweizer Bank. Swiss Bank.
  • Wieso hätte? What do you mean you could?
  • Familienharmonie. Family harmony.
  • Das Auskennen. Orientation.
  • Ohne Krawatte. Without tie.
  • Sie haben Schwein. You are lucky!
  • Sie haben Pech. You are not lucky.
  • Das freut mich! I am glad.
  • Das Unkonventionelle Denken. Unconventional thinking.
  • Ente in der Bar. Duck in the bar.
  • Die Höhe. The height.
  • Der Kontostand. How much is on the account?
  • Nachtruf. Nachtruf.
  • Fischen in der Karibik. Fishing in the Caribbean.
  • Erste Platte. First disc.
  • Kopf oben. Cap upwards.
  • Mikrofonprobe. Test of the microphone.
  • Geographiestunde. Geography class.
  • ...sonst kauft er immer Vanilleeis! ...usually he buys vanilla!
  • Logic. Logic.
  • ...ich kenne noch ein Wort... ...I know another word...
  • ...nur das Telefon anschließen!" ...just connect the phone!
  • Krankenbesuch. A visit to the sick.
  • Das einmillionste Auto. The millionth car.

New Year and Christmas jokes, poems and greetings in German

In this part you will hear Christmas and New Year's greetings in verse and prose.

  • German with a twist - A Christmas joke.
  • Joseph von Eichendorff - Weihnachten (Christmas)
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Page Book - New Year
  • German New Year greetings in verse
  • New Year's Eve
  • Christmas Journey to Childhood - In Weihnachtszeiten
  • Weihnachtsgeld - Money for Christmas
  • Einen Guten Rutsch - Happy New Year
  • Frieden im Haus. - Peace in the home.
  • Spruch fur die Silvesternacht. - New Year's Eve speech.
  • Happiness to you in all things. - Daß Glück Sie stets begleiten werde.


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