When you’re living in Germany, you’ve surely come across them: abbreviations in German. They can be complicated, and they can be tricky – and even one German abbreviation can make you wonder all day whether you’ve understood everything correctly. So if you want to become fluent in the German language and communicate freely with native German speakers, it’s important that you master at least the basic German abbreviations.
So here’s a little dictionary of the most common German acronyms and abbreviations that you might come across in your daily life. Some are rather self-explanatory, and some can be very confusing if you don’t know the meaning. Check them out and boost your German vocabulary.
BRD — Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Former West Germany
DDR — Deutsche Demokratische Republik
Former East Germany
Some of the words that the abbreviations refer to might already be known to you, and others might be rather unfamiliar. Just like in English, German abbreviations are very commonly used in daily life, and you will come across them often – whether in a foreign office, in a cafe, or at your friend’s house.
Because of that, when learning German, it’s important to pay special attention to abbreviations and learn as many of them as possible. Every time you encounter a new German abbreviation, write it down – this will help you remember it better in the future.
In English, not have to learn the abbreviations, you don’t necessarily need to learn them specifically.
You can search through a number of letters in many languages or check out the paperwork in an office, and you will surely find those official abbreviations. Other words such as “sie,” “ich,” “Deutsche,” (which stands for “she/her,” “I/me,” and “German”) can be mastered by using them in your everyday life or practicing more.
If you haven’t tried out the Readle App yet, we recommend you do so. There, any learner will find interesting stories in German at their level, from A1 to C1. You can find the translation of each and every word by clicking on it, and listen to the corresponding audio. This language learning app makes the process of learning German much more enjoyable and fun – and motivates you to practice a little more every day.