Thanks to Arminius, who commanded an alliance of Germanic tribes at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, Germany was never conquered by the Romans.
As I spend my time trying to study multiple languages, it is interesting to note that while Italian, Spanish, French share Latin root and even Greek root, German language stands alone.
However, the English language contains numerous German words that have been adopted into our vocabulary. I believe most of us native English speakers use them without much thought about their origin.
Here is a short list for you to ponder:
- Kindergarten Kinder = children, Garten = garden
- Angst = fear
- Blitz = lightning
Krieg = war
- Apple strudel - Strudel = swirl
- Sauerkraut = sauer = sour
Kraut = herb; cabbage
- Volkswagen Volk = people, nation
Wagen = car, cart
- Gesundheit = health
- Iceberg = Berg = mountain
Aloha -- Cathi