The German language is a train wreck. Guttural noises, crashing against one another. A reckless orgy of words. An assault upon the ear drums. Many foreigners have been ear raped on the mean streets on Munich.

But let’s give credit where credit is due—Germans have some great words. Like all great words, there’s only ONE way to describe the situation: and that word fits perfectly. There’s no need for an endless pile of synonyms, soon to be forgotten.

On that note, these are my favorite German words:

  • Backpfeifengesicht = A face that should be slapped
  • Weltanschauung = The worldview of a particular group of people
  • Schadenfreude = Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others
  • Waldeinsamkeit – The feeling of being alone in the woods

It’s time we gave more respect to this noble language. I believe that learning to speak German is an honorable goal. Sure, you will twist your tongue, sound foolish, etc. You’ll spend a lot of time and money. Your friends will wonder what you’re doing and you might even question whether it’s worth it.

But remember…the ability to say Backpfeifengesicht at the right place and time is priceless.

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