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Archive for February, 2010

Family Ties Posted by on Feb 27, 2010

German and English are cousin languages; they both are Germanic. Many similarities exist among these two languages. However, there are certain words which are untranslatable. One example from a previous blog is Schwarzfahrer (fare dodger). The German word Ohrwurm is another example of a word without an English equivalent. Ear worm is the literal translation…

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Train Fare Dodging in Germany Posted by on Feb 24, 2010

Every German is familiar with the word Schwarzfahrer—literally, black rider but meaning ‘fare-dodger.’ Depending on what type of öffentliche Verkehrsmittel (public transportation) you are riding, a conductor or ticket monitor is not usually bei der Pflicht (on duty). Vorsicht (careful, watch out)! The Kontrolle (ticket monitor) could come aboard and ask to see your Fahrschein…

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99 Luftballons Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

German music has had it impacts in the United States. Nena introduced her song “99 Luftballons” to the US market and made it all the way to No.1 in the United States. The song was played in German even though an English version existed. Nena was part of the “Neue deutsche Welle” (new German wave)…

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Erster Teil (first part) The Golden Twenties? Posted by on Feb 15, 2010

Erster Teil (first part): The Golden Twenties? In the beginning years of the First World War, soldiers and citizens alike were all too eager to go off to battle. Many soldiers viewed the war as an Ausflug (trip,outing) and believed they would soon be Zuhause (home) with their families. When the war ended, Kaiser Friedrich…

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The earlier the better – Language education Posted by on Feb 14, 2010

The first time a German student is confronted with a foreign language in a class is between third and fifth grade depending on the individual school. The school system in Germany starts with the Grundschule (elementary school) from first to fourth grade. During those for years it will be determined which school a student will…

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Stereotypes – Wir können auch anders Posted by on Feb 11, 2010

Most Germans in the US experience very common stereotypes within the US, just like many Americans experience the same when they travel to Germany. When I first moved to New England I was looking for all the skyscrapers, huge cars and cowboy hats. After I had to change my perception of the US based on…

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Fasnachtsküchle Posted by on Feb 9, 2010

Currently it is Fasching, Karneval or Fasnacht in Germany. The name varies from region to region. During this Zeit (time) people dress in costumes, funny or traditional (at least different) and have a big party. There are parades, people sing and dance together…and of course there´s a lot of alcohol. Maybe it´s a little bit…

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