The Punchline

How to pronounce Germany’s longest word

David Brancaccio Jun 4, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY
The Punchline

How to pronounce Germany’s longest word

David Brancaccio Jun 4, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

The longest German word is no more. A 1999 law in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania about beef labeling is getting an overhaul, so gone is its title:

Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz.

But never fear, now that this 65-letter word is being erased from the law books, there’s still a 49-letter German beauty that translates to “Widow of a Danube Steamboat Company Captain”: Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe.

Click on the audio player above for the correct pronunciation and to hear the Marketplace Morning Report team sprechen sie auf Deutsch.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.