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German Untranslatable Words Cards

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    A set of 20 cards by The School of Life featuring the best of the German language's extraordinary range of compound words.

    We are all hugely dependent on language to help us express what we truly think and feel. However, some languages are better than others at crisply naming important sensations, and therefore allowing us to express ourselves more fully. Germans in particular have been geniuses in inventing 'compound' words that elegantly articulate emotions or experiences that we all know, but that other languages require whole clumsy sentences or phrases to express.

    Example Cards:
    LEBENSMÜDE (Life-tired):
    We believe ourselves to be firmly attached to life, but a lot of our behavior attests to something more interesting and troubling; an occasional longing to give up our hold on existence. It is deeply useful to have this word to hand on gloomy days when it feels as if nothing will ever work out.
    BACKPFEIFENGESICHT (Slapping-face):
    A face that is begging to be slapped. Generosity towards others is key, but the German language is bracing and frank enough to acknowledge that there are also moments when it is simply more honest to admit that we have come face-to-face with a dickhead.

     

    Size
    9 cm x 13 cm

    Contents
    20 cards in a gift box

    Language
    English 

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