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The longest words in the German language

German is known for its compound words, which can often become very long. In fact, some of the longest words in the world are found in German. Here are some of the longest words in the german language that can sometimes cause even native speakers great difficulty in pronunciation :

long words in the German language

1. Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (63 Buchstaben)

This word, also abbreviated as "RkReÜAÜG", refers to the Law on the Transfer of Tasks for the Supervision of Beef Labelling. It was introduced in Germany in 1999 and has since caused quite a stir.

2.Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 Buchstaben)

This monstrous word describes the company of sub-officials responsible for the construction of the main power plant for the Danube steamship electricity. It dates from a time when the German Empire still existed and has not been used since.

3. Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung (29 Buchstaben)

This word may seem short compared to the others on this list, but it is still a good example of the German compound words. It describes liability insurance for motor vehicles and is often abbreviated as Kfz-Haftpflichtversicherung.

4. Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister (27 Buchstaben)

Dieses Wort bezieht sich auf den Meister des Bezirksschornsteinfegerhandwerks und ist ein gutes Beispiel für ein zusammengesetztes Wort, das in der deutschen Sprache häufig vorkommt.

5. Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (29 Buchstaben)

This word refers to the master of the district chimney sweep trade and is a good example of a compound word that occurs frequently in the German language.

This word describes the law that supports the education of students in Germany and is often abbreviated as BAföG. It is another example of how compound words are formed in the German language.

German compound words can sometimes be very long and complicated. While some of these words like "Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz" are rather curious and rarely used, other words like "Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung" are part of everyday language usage. Despite their length and complexity, however, these words help to make German one of the most interesting and versatile languages in the world.


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