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What Cake Can Teach Us About Germany Posted by on Aug 5, 2020

Guten Tag! This is the first 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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Why Should I Learn German? Posted by on Jul 30, 2020

Why would you learn German? Let’s look at a few reasons why you would want to learn German! These reasons are by no means exhaustive, but it might give you some inspiration! Why should I learn a foreign language at all? There are a plethora of reasons to learn a language besides your mother tongue…

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What’s The Difference? Lernen And Lehren In German Posted by on Jul 29, 2020

Guten Tag! This is the third and final post on the difference between some very closely linked words. These are German words that are either similar in meaning or similar in appearance (or both), which often means they are used incorrectly. This post looks at the words lehren (to teach) and lernen (to learn). We…

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German Wines – A Closer Look Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

Continuing on from my last blog post (An Introduction to German Wines), we will expand upon this topic and talk about the qualities and classifications of wine in Germany. Since 1971 there are four classifications for German wine: Deutscher Wein              German wine Landwein             …

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Who’s John Doe in Germany? Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

If you don’t want to keep somebody’s name anonymous or if you simply need a placeholder, a common name to use is John Doe for men and Jane Doe for women, or Joe Bloggs or John Smith… There’s quite a list. How do we do it in Germany? The “Example Man” In Germany, we almost…

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A Nifty German Idea: Drehkippfenster Posted by on Jul 24, 2020

In Germany, it’s the hottest time of the year right now. With temperatures up to and sometimes even surpassing 30°C (86°F), there is a real need for frische Luft (fresh air)! A genius German invention that makes this quite easy is the Dreh-Kipp-Fenster (tilt-and-turn window). Americans rave about these Fenster and how amazing they are – so let’s find out…

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The Curiosity of the Word “Homeoffice” Posted by on Jul 23, 2020

It’s quarantine time, and so many people are working from home. So you set up your regular office at home – you built yourself a home office! In German, we normally call our office a Büro or Schreibtisch (literally “writing table”). But when working from home, it’s not a Heimbüro, but curiously, a “Homeoffice”. And even if you don’t have…

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