Learning German - the top 12 embarrassing beginner's mistakes

Julie Colthorpe
Julie Colthorpe - [email protected] • 25 Jun, 2014 Updated Wed 25 Jun 2014 16:28 CEST
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With its long words, tricky pronunciation and false friends, the German language can easily lead the learner into a world of embarrassment. Here are 12 of the best from our readers. Warning: Some are a little naughty.


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German grammar is not the only thing that is hard to get your head around – the vocabulary is a minefield too.

Our readers came up with their most embarrassing mistakes, which include accidentally telling a policeman that they were a prostitute, and the time they wished their host family a “good naked”.

And next time you are watching your football team taking a penalty, make sure you get the verb right. It may not be just your football team that feels embarrassed if they miss the goal.

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CLICK HERE to see 12 of the most embarrassing German mistakes



Julie Colthorpe 2014/06/25 16:28

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