Words that sound hilariously dirty in German – time to get my 14 year old boy on

German really is a hilarious language, especially when you come from an English-speaking background. I am constantly hiding my smiles and sniggers as I listen to the chatter around me. Here’s ten of my favourites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

  1. Fahrt

gute fahrtFahren means ‘to drive’ so there is fahrt everywhere in Austria. Driving along the autobahn will see newcomers dissolving in endless giggles over ausfahrt (exit) and einfahrt (entrance), but my favourite is gute Fahrt – which simply means ‘have a safe drive’ but is hilarious to us English speakers.

  1. Dick/dich

To a non-German these sound very similar. Dick means ‘thick’ and dich is a version of ‘you’. This means the latter gets used a lot. My favourite phrase would be Ich liebe dich, which when you know that ich liebe means ‘I love’, sounds a lot funnier.

  1. Sechs

Six or sechs

The classic – it’s just like in New Zealand. The German number 6 is pronounced ‘sex’.

  1. Damit

This means ‘thereby’ or ‘so that’ but again to me it just sounds like cursing.

  1. Mannschaft

No! That is not what you think it is. A Mannschaft in German is simply a ‘team’.

  1. Fuchs/Fach

fox fuchs

Again quite similar in sound to a non-native, Fuchs is ‘fox’ and Fach means ‘subject’ but they just sound like swearing to me!

  1. Bussy

For this one you have to know that a German B sounds quite similar to a P. So I think you can work it out from there. But the funniest thing is, in German this is a slang word for ‘kiss’.

  1. Vater

Another classic. This is the German word for ‘father’ but just sounds like someone who farts a lot.

  1. Schmuck

Schmuck Jewellery

This word does not mean the dodgy guy down the road. In German, Schmuck means ‘jewellery’.

  1. Krapfen

Apricot jam in Krapfen

And finally, this is Austria’s delicious, springy, apricot jam-filled version of a donut, but it doesn’t sound overly delicious when you hear it for the first time.

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