German Association

Herzlich Wilkommen!

Welcome to the BYU Idaho German Association home page!

If you have ever been interested in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or anything German, then this is the place for you. We strive to bring a little bit of Germany here to Rexburg, giving us all a great time.

Whether it's German history, the language, the delicious food, or the rich culture that interests you, this is where you can find it. And most importantly, we have fun with it, so come join us!

Join us

We do not currently have a German Association President. Please contact us if you are interested by emailing, calling, or coming into the Rigby 272 M-F between 2 and 5 pm.

President: Rachel Wadsworth
Phone: 509-851-8262


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Useful Words

Whether you go to Germany, or just want to talk to people around campus, these words will help you blow them away with your language skills. Have fun!

Useful German Words

Hallo Hello
Wie gehts? How are you?
Mir geht es gut, danke. I'm fine, thank you
Auf wiedersehen Goodbye
Danke Thank you

Fun Facts

  1. The most popular German surname (Nachname) is Müller.
  2. Historically, Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Weimar Republic.
  3. 31% of the country has been kept with forests and woodlands, with Hesse having the most.
  4. There are over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
  5. There are 35 dialects of the German language.
  6. German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.
  7. Germany is the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 1916.
  8. 2% of Germans do not own cell phones.
  9. Gummy bears were invented by a German.
  10. 65% of the Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.
  11. The Cologne Cathedral took 632 years to build. (Bill Bryson in Neither Here Nor There (p. 88) wrote: "It is absolutely immense, over 500 feet long and more than 200 feet wide...It can hold 40,000 people. You can understand why it took 700 years to build - and that was with German workers. In Britain they would still be digging the foundations.")
  12. The first printed book was in German.
  13. German is the third most commonly taught language worldwide.
  14. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said "Ich bin ein Berliner," which also translates to "I am a jelly donut."
  15. The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft, which means: Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services.
  16. Famous Bavarians include Pope Benedict XVI, Richard Wagner, Richard Straus, Thomas Mann, Levi Strauss, and Rudolf Diesel.
  17. The world's tallest cathedral is in Ulm.
  18. Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  19. German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
  20. There are over 150 castles in Germany.
  21. The Christmas tree (Tenenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
  22. Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
  23. There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  24. Germany borders 9 countries (Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Czech Republic, and Poland).
  25. Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.
  26. Taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
  27. In the 4th grade, German kids are placed into Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium, which pretty much determines if you will go to university or straight to the work force (Gymnasium is the highest level).