Kindergarten

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The English meaning of the German word 'Kindergarten' is children's garden. The word-by-word translation is the following: 'kinder' means 'children'; and 'garten' 'garden'. In German, it's possible to form compound nouns, by putting one noun in front of the other. 'Kindergarten' is an example of the noun 'kinder' being placed in front of the noun 'garten', to form the new compound word 'kindergarten'.


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