Quiz: Can You Guess What These Long German Words Mean?
Can You Guess What These Long German Words Mean?
By: Ian Fortey
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About This Quiz

Like any language, German has grown and evolved over many generations.  From Old High German to Middle High German to Middle Low German and Standard German, it's changed a lot over time. You'd think those changes would be helpful in making the language more clear and concise, but that's not always the case.  In fact, some German words were clearly designed with the opposite idea in mind.

if you fancy yourself a bit of a linguist, or just someone who likes the challenge of stumbling over a 10-syllable word, maybe you have what it takes to nail this quiz. If you're not a native speaker, then it's definitely going to be a challenge.  How long can German words get?  Some have reached over 40 letters long. That could be a whole sentence in some languages.  Heck, even a paragraph.  Figuring out what a word like that means is going to take some skill and maybe even a little luck.  But if you think you have the skills to handle some of these zungenbrechers and get to the bottom of this German kuddelmuddel then take the quiz and prove it!

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What's going on if you experience torschlusspanik?
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If you're buying steak, you may be concerned with Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. What is it?
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You're pretty new at your job if you're a Sozialversicherungsfachangestelltenauszubildender. What does it mean?
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There's a lot of repetition in Siebenhundertsiebenundsiebzigtausendsiebenhundertsiebenundsiebzig. What does it mean?
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It's possible you have Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung right now. What is it?
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Even if the word is intimidating, Freundschaftsbezeigungen is a good thing. What is it?
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You might have a Streichholzschächtelchen in your pocket. What is it?
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What's happening if you're experiencing Fingerspitzengefühl?
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Frühjahrsmüdigkeit can really bring you down. What is it?
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You've probably experienced Fremdschämen a lot. What is it?
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You might need help to deal with a kuddelmuddel. What is it?
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Drachenfutter only comes up when you do something wrong. What does it mean?
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Everyone has some experience with Splitterfasernackt. What does it mean?
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Sometimes Veröffentlichungsdatum is the kind of thing you need to know. What does it mean?
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Einfühlungsvermögen is something everyone experiences now and then. What is it?
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Sometimes you just want to be Mutterseelenallein. What does it mean?
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One of the most popular German words that has found its way to English is Schadenfreude. What does it mean?
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Doppelgänger has become a very popular word in English. What does it mean?
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Schreibtischtäter is an extremely dark term. What does it mean?
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If you're arguing with someone, you may have to bust out a Totschlagargument. What is it?
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You should see the doctor if you have Nasennebenhöhlenentzündung. What is it?
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Zusammenzuarbeiten is a word you might use if you and a friend are doing what?
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Selbstverständlichkeit sounds a little philosophical. What does it mean?
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You may want to call a Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister before Christmas, just in case. What does it mean?
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What kind of person would you describe with the word Eigenbrötlerisch?
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Feuchtfröhlich could be a word you use at a party. What does it mean?
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Streicheleinheit is a word that might apply if you have a pet. What does it mean?
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