Fun facts

Cultural differences

  • Germans answer the phone with their surname instead of “Hello”
  • Germans are the second biggest consumers of beer in the world
  • As there is no "w" sound as in English and the "v" is pronounced as an "f", the BMW is actually called: Be (as in Bay) M Ve(as in Vay) and the Volkswagen is a Folksvagen. And Vikings is written Wikings
  • The “Berliner” is the only donut which has no hole
  • There are over 300 different kinds of bread that you just have to try.This variety, the largest in the world, grew from the cultural and regional differences that were always a part of Germany
  • The Barbie doll has a German ancestor. Her grandmother is “Lilli”, a character from a German newspaper cartoon that was so popular, that in 1953, she had a doll modeled after her. Ruth Handler exported her to the US in 1959, reworked her shape and outfit and called her “Barbie”
  • It is a German Fun Fact that Dogs are kings in Germany: they can go just about everywhere: first class restaurants, trains and buses, even clothing shops and bookstores. But NOT in a Metzgerei (butchers) and rarely in a Konditorei or a Bakerei. They even have their own pools
  • The first book ever printed was in German
  • October fest is the World’s celebration of beer but starts in September

Language - Don't break your tongue!

German tongue twisters are known as "tongue breakers" in German “Zungenbrecher”

Challenge your friends to these tricky German tongue twisters

  • Acht alte Ameisen assen am Abend Ananas
  • Eight old ants ate pineapple in the evening
  • Bäcker Braun bäckt braune Brezeln; Braune Brezeln bäckt Bäcker Braun
  • Baker Brown bakes brown pretzels; Brown pretzels bakes baker Brown
  • Bierbrauer Bauer braut braunes Bier
  • Beer brewer Bauer brews brown beer
  • Fischers Fritz ißt frische Fische; frische Fische ißt Fischers Fritz
  • Fischer's Fritz eats fresh fish; fresh fish eats Fischer's Fritz; (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers...)
  • In Ulm, um Ulm, um Ulm herum
  • In Ulm, around Ulm, all around Ulm

German is easy peezy lemon squeezy

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 Deutsch (German) English
Das Glas Glass
Der Elefant Elephant
Die Milch Milk
Der Sommer Summer
Der Tee Tea
Der Kaffe Coffee
Der Engel Angel
Das Auto Car
Der Bus Bus
Das Boot Boat

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