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The German Wackeldackel Posted by on Sep 23, 2020

Guten Tag! Today we’re going to look at a toy called the Wackeldackel that you may have seen – you may even have one yourself! What is a Wackeldackel?! The Wackeldackel is the nodding head dog you see in cars. Their heads are on a spring so that each time the car moves quickly or…

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The Curiosity of the German Word “Wehrmacht” Posted by on Sep 17, 2020

You may have heard of the German word die Wehrmacht (armed forces), which was what the German armed forces were called during the Second World War. When trying to pronounce the word, you may have gotten close to something that sounds like “Warmacht”, which may have lead you to conclude that Wehr must mean “war” in German. Not true!…

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German School & Childcare Names Posted by on Sep 16, 2020

Guten Tag! As schools are starting up again, I thought it’d be good to give you a run-down of words used in the German school and childcare system. I hope you find this list useful, and that it will clear up any confusion you may have around some of the names (for example: what’s the…

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Find The Fehler! German Proofreading Posted by on Sep 2, 2020

Guten Tag! Today’s post is a little more interactive than recent ones. We are going to test your German proofreading skills. Are you ready? Let’s get started. In a recent post, I shared an article about illegal ‘Coronapartys’ in Germany. In this post, I will share sentences from that article, but deliberately include Fehler (mistakes)…

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The German Wine Quiz Posted by on Aug 25, 2020

Welcome to my German wine quiz! Now it’s time to check if you have been paying attention. If you want to brush up on your knowledge before getting started, you can find my two posts on German wine here and here. Good luck and let me know your score in the comments below. Answer these…

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The German Language And Coronavirus Posted by on Aug 24, 2020

Guten Tag! At the time of writing, it has been 5 months since my country (the UK) went into lockdown due to the covid-19 Pandemie (pandemic). A lot has changed during this time, including the language we now use in day-to-day life (everything is ‘socially distanced’, and we talk a lot about ‘the new normal’…

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What Cake Can Teach Us About Germany (Part 2!) Posted by on Aug 12, 2020

Guten Tag! This is the second in a two-part series on one of my favourite subjects: Cake (der Kuchen in German)- specifically, German cakes with interesting, often place-specific, names. We will look at why those cakes are named the way they are, and learn a little language, culture and history in the process. So, as…

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