The other day somebody posted a picture with a German word and several meanings. Seeing the picture, my friend Freya reminded me of a game German children play, called Teekesselchen (little tea pot). I did a little research and found out that the game is based on an English book ‘The Book of a Hundred Games’ written by Mary White in 1896. On page 117 she writes about a game called ‘Teapot’. It’s a game of homonyms, words that sound the same and are often, but not always, spelled differently. You talk about those two items but replace the word with the word ‘teapot’ or in German ‘Teekesselchen’. An English example would be the word ‘date’ which can mean a meeting with somebody, a calendar entry or a fruit.
So, today we play a game. Which ‘teapot’ am I talking about?
Mein Teekesselchen ist ein Haus für Geld.
Ich setzte mich auf mein Teekesselchen.
Yes, the word is ‘Bank’!
Let’s do some more. I give you some sentences and you will guess what the homonym is. We’re doing it a little bit easier by giving the explanations in English, but the missing word is a German word. The answers are at the bottom. Scroll down when you’re ready to check if you were right.
Can you think of any other ones? Please add them in the comments.
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