Wunderbar. Why Germans can say things no one else can?
German is a wonderfully inventive and bold language, full of gloriously long compound words for emotions and ideas that most languages struggle to allow us to express.
“We’re hugely dependent on language to help us express what we really think and feel. But some languages are better than others at crisply naming important sensations.”
So, it’s amazing to live in Berlin where all is a cube of everything.
“Germans have been geniuses at inventing long – or what get called ‘compound’ – words that elegantly put a finger on emotions that we all know, but that other languages require whole clumsy sentences or paragraphs to express…”