German Language and Culture

The German language is primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as in some parts in northern Italy. Along with their customs and food, these countries’ cultures are intertwined with the language.

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What are some German physical traits?

Pretty simple. The original/indigenous people of Germany are Europeans from the central and northern regions. However they are not exclusively limited to that, since Slavs also inhabitated parts of eastern Germany. Thus the physical features/ traits would be similar to North and Central Europeans in most cases. As a whole Germans belong to the light and blond branch of Europeans, however this varies greatly. The so-called Nordic type linked to a tallish stature, slender build, longish head shape, strong chin, narrow features, a a pale complexion, with light eyes and light/blond hair is seen among Germans, but is not dominant. This was the type associated to people who brought Germanic languages to Germany. However the Palaeolithic type which is larger in build, taller, broader-featured, shorter-headed, darker-haired( more brown-haired), as pale and light-eyed is dominant in northern to central Germany. The so-called Alpinid/Central-European type which is darker than both types already mentioned and is also broader-featured, shorter-statured than the Nordic, mainly hazel to brown-eyed is common in southern Germany. However due to population movements Alpinid could be found as individuals anywhere in Germany. Now as in every population there are mixing, thus Nordic-Alpinids are common, especially in central and eastern Germans populations. Nordic- Palaeolithics are very common in the north, this type is as blond as the Nordic, but broader featured. Slavs also brought another type known as the Osteuropid, which is somewhat blonder-haired than the Nordic, with more grayish-colored eyes found mostly in northeastern parts, but is in the minority. Thus a whole Germans belong more to the blond regions of Europe than brunets. The very tall, medium-build, hook-nosed, brunet-complexioned, dark-eyed Germans are also found especially in the south and are slightly more common than the Osteuropid ones. Nevertheless Germans are by far predominantly Northern European (60-80%) in physical traits, the rest Central European.

What are examples of Germanic languages?

West Germanic = German, Dutch, English, Afrikaans, Yiddish, Yola (extinct branch of middle English)

North Germanic = Danish, Swedish, Norwegian

East Germanic (extinct branch) = Vandalic, Burgundian, Crimean Gothic.

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In Germany what does kindle mean?

There is no word meaning kindle in German.

UNLESS, you're from southwestern Germany and call a child Kindle. Kind means child, and the local dialect/accent/slang (whatever you'd technically call it) adds "le" at the end of words to make them cute. Like "chen" in German or "ito" in Spanish.

When is the German holiday Fasching?

Fasching is not strictly - or legally - a holiday. Fasching (derived from the word Fastnacht - night of fasting) traditionally began in German speaking countries on January 6 (Epiphany) and lasted until Ash Wednesday. Since the 19th Century the Fasching period (also known as the fifth season) has been extended backwards to start on 11 November at 11 minutes past 11 (11/11, 11:11) to include the carnevals that take place in northern Germany.

What does the German word Sontag mean?

Sonntag (masculine, der Sonntag) is the German word for Sunday. It is the last day of the week in the German calendar, which begins with Monday.

What is the German word for east?

The German word for the compass direction "east" is "osten".


Litterally translated the German word for east is "Ost".

But, according to the sense of a sentence it can become "Osten".

Please look at the following examples:

1 -The house is exposed to the east: das Haus liegt nach Osten;

2 -The border between east and West: die Grenze zwischen Ost und West;

3 -The people of east: die Voelker des Ostens;

4 -Coming from East: aus dem ostens kommen;

5 - East Berlin: Ost Berlin.

It's (roughly) somewhat like in English:

1 - The eastern exposed house.

2 - The line between of eastern and western border

3 - The eastern people.

5 - The eastern Berlin.

What does the colors in the German flag represent?

The colours represent the Uniforms of the Lützow Freikorps.The Lützower Freikorps were fighters to free Germany from napoleons occupation. Those fighters were mostly students.

They had black uniforms with red borders and golden buttons.

Those students made flags with the colors black, red and gold in order to demonstrate for freedom and democracy.

Those colors became the symbol of Germany's uprising.

How do you pronounce kuchen?

If you mean the German word for to cook then it is pronounce koo-chen where the ch is in the throat like the ch in loch.

Where did oktoberfest start?

Oktoberfest was first celebrated in Munich, Germany. The first festival was to publicly celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen with a horse race. It was so sucessful that they decided to celebrate it again the next year, and it eventually became the yearly event that it is today.

What does the word Reinhardt mean in German?

It could mean pure deer but things change over hundreds of years.

What is the longest word in the German language?

German is a so-called "agglutinative" language. That means it is perfectly legitimate to string together related words that describe a particular person, thing, or situation and thus create a brand-new compound word. In some circles it's considered to be a bit of a linguistic sport to try to come up with ever-longer compounds. So in that sense, there isn't an official longest word. A "simple", if somewhat artificial, example:

Fernseher = television set (from fern = far, sehen = to see)

Farbe = color (or colour, if you prefer)

Apparat = apparatus, appliance

verkaufen = to sell

Haus = house

Leiter = manager, leader so ...

a Farbfernsehapparatekaufhausleiter is the manager of a store that sells colour televisions!!

In German these words are humorously referred to as Bandwurmwörter, or tapeworm words, because they curl on and on at great length. The usage is doubly humorous because "Bandwurmwort" is itself a tapeworm word! (P.S. I didn't lose control of my caps lock key; nouns in German are always capitalized, even if they occur in the Middle of a Sentence.) Although long words can be created in German some words that are generally accepted can be long, some examples include:

Büstenhalter, Geschlechtsverkehr, Geschirrspülmaschine, Elektrogeräte.


According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest German word ever is Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtenge...(Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services) with 79 letters.

The longest German word in common usage is Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften (legal protection insurance companies) with 39 letters.

What is the value of an german beersteins?

Generally beer steins are not worth very much. They can be bought in an American department store for about fifteen dollars.

If you have a beer stein made out of precious metal or gems or if it celebrates a particular event it might be worth more.

What is Sitz Preuss Akad Wiss?

Sitz Preuss Akad Wiss is a shortened version of the title of the journal Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin Proceedings of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin

What kinds of movies do Germans like?

Germans tend to like action, drama and comedies. They watch more American films than any other.

What is the oktoberfest?

The first"Oktoberfest"(Wies'n) was in Munich, on October 12, 1810,

It commemorated the marriage of Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe - Hildburghausen (who's name was then given to the "Theresienwiese" (the grounds on which the festival is held)

It also coincides with the more traditional "Erntedankefest" (Thanksgiving).

The "Oktoberfest" starts 16 days before the second weekend in October.

The "Erntedankefest" is celebrated on the first weekend in October.

The"Oktoberfest"is the biggest "folks Festival" in the world.

It attracted over seven million visitors in 2007.

The German city of Munich is the location of the original Oktoberfest. It traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October.

Why is it called the Oktoberfest when it's in September? Well, because when the first event was held, they had more people coming at the end of September because of the warmer evenings.

There is a parade, an agricultural show, and of course lots of beer which is served in large beer tents. There is music and dancing as well.
Oktoberfest is a tradition that dates back to 1810. It was started by King Ludwig I in Munich when he married Princess Therese. They held a celebration for the people to celebrate their nuptials. It was so popular that it was repeated the following year, and has been repeated every year since. The first festival started small and kept growing with each year. Originally they had horse races for entertainment, but that tradition does not exist today. The beer tents were added over 80 years later on 1896 to accommodate the masses of beer drinkers attending the festival.

Today, Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. The festival has beer tents, carnival style rides, games, food stands and much more. There are also smaller versions of Oktoberfest held all over Germany such as Volksfest, which is a few hours Northwest of Munich in Stuttgart.

How do you spell the name Sue in German?

The spelling of your name doesn't change just because it's surrounded by words in a different language. German uses the Latin alphabet, just like we do, so Sue is spelled "Sue."

If you want to spell it so that a German speaker who has never seen the name before will know how to pronounce it, then leave off the e. (To a German, "ue" means "actually a u with two dots over it, but my keyboard doesn't know how to do that", and the sound that letter makes isn't readily describable to an English speaker.)