How to Name Animals in German

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  1. Chien Hoang

    Chien Hoang Administrator Staff Member

    The German language is famous for some really long nouns. This is because German nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives are like lego bricks; you can stick them together in almost any way to create new words that encapsulate new concepts. This gives the language a special ability to name just about anything. You could call it the German language’s lego brick-like quality, but why does German rely on such an elaborate process to name things as simple as squirrels? When broken down into their separate components, the names of familiar animals mutate into bizarre new creatures. (Flowchart made for Babbel magazine where you can learn some Animal German names.)

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