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The Surprising Family of “Laune”

die Laune is one of the German words for mood (the other one being die Stimmung) and it has a really really really surprising origin:

the moon

Well, the Latin word for it, luna. The connection is that the moon was (and is) believed to have an influence on our mood, so the meaning of Laune actually makes sense. A bit like saying “my moon is bad”.

Laune is the go to word to talk about the absolute basic mood (good, bad) and while in English you “are in” a mood,  Laune is something you HAVE.

  • Ich habe gute Laune.
  • I’m in a good mood.
  • Warum hast du so schlechte Laune?
  • Why are you in such a bad mood?


If you want to learn more about Laune and how to use it, check out this article on YourDailyGerman:

The meaning and use of “Laune”