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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Schönbrunn Palace

From humble beginnings as a hunting lodge to the opulent summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty, Schönbrunn palace is a treasure trove of historical anecdotes.

Watch What You Say! Where Austrians & Germans Differ

Germany and Austria share many of the same values, and much culture and history. Yet, in spite (or possibly because) of that, the little brother staunchly holds on to a distinct cultural identity – most notably in language, which can sometimes make communication difficult.

4 Serbian Idioms Taken Literally

A “boy throwing an eye on a girl,” or someone “cutting his ears to patch his ass” these are very common expressions in Serbian. In these illustrations, you can see the literal meaning of some of the most popular phrases in Serbian.

Phrases to Impress Your Polish Friends

While, for many, the easiest way to the heart is through the stomach, with Poles, it’s through their native language. They don’t expect anybody to speak it, so just sprinkle in a Polish word here and there and you’ll win them over in no time.

7 Austrian Words With Hungarian Origins

Lángos, csárdás, Puszta – Viennese have surely come across these words that found their way from Hungarian into the Austrian vocabulary. Remember them for the next time you want to impress your favorite Magyar.

You Are What You Speak

When you wander the streets of Vienna, you'll hear a multitude of languages. Over 30 percent of us moved here from abroad, spicing up the local lingo with our accents and dialects. Here's a short primer for how to sound Romanian.

7 Austrian Expressions that Sound Hilarious in English

Translating expressions word for word into another language seldom makes sense, as anyone who ever tried it can attest. Chances are you will be met with befuddled looks or cackling laughter, like a human version of google translate.

The Last Word | Aufpudeln

Verb. To get worked up; to make a mountain out of a molehill; to pump up one’s (probably) already over-inflated ego and exaggerate one’s importance; t...

Last Word | Karambolage

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | Bürgerschreck

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | February 2018 | Proporz

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | December/January 2017 | Bassena

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | November 2017 | Schlawiner

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | October 2017 | Leiwand

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | September 2017 | Schiach

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | July/August 2017 | Hatschen

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this mo...

Last Word | June 2017 | Gspusi

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this m...

Last Word | May 2017 | Nervenkitzel

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this...

7 (more) German words that will piss off Austrians

More fun with confusing Austro-German idioms Last year we published some entry-level instruction for avoiding embarrassment (or purposefully instig...

Last Word | April 2017 | E-Card Urlaub

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this...

Last Word | Pragmatisierung | March 2017

To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain But you’re no stranger, so here’s thi...

7 German Words That Will Piss Off Austrians

Don’t you dare ask an Austrian for a “Brötchen” with a “Wiener.” You might end up with a Schlag. Any foreigner can tell you that German is a verdamm...