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Archive for May, 2011

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungs-auftragübertragungsgesetz – Compounding nouns in German Posted by on May 30, 2011

One of the most striking characteristics of the German language is that you can virtually combine an unlimited number of nouns to form a new noun. Such long words can confuse learners of German to a great extend. First, German orthography uses closed compounds, whereas in English most compounded nouns are separated by spaces or…

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Audiovisual comprehension – Toms Fahrrad Posted by on May 29, 2011

Today I got a new audiovisual comprehension for you. I hope you´ll understand it. To help you a little bit, here´s the spoken text: Das ist Tom. Er hat ein neues Fahrrad bekommen. Die Reifen sind viel größer als die von seinem letzten Fahrrad. Und der Sattel ist viel höher. Das ist die Vorderbremse. Diese…

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s crime novel and movie “Das Versprechen” – “The Pledge” Posted by on May 24, 2011

Am Wochenende (on the weekend), I had the chance to watch one of my favorite Filme (movies) “The pledge” with Jack Nicholson on TV, a movie based on the Kriminalroman (crime novel) ‘Das Versprechen’ – ‘The pledge’ by Swiss Dramatiker (playwright) and Romanautor (novelist) Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Here is a rough plot outline for all who…

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The usage of “Du” and “Sie” in German Posted by on May 20, 2011

Learners of Germany would come soon across the fact that there are two different forms for addressing people, “du” and “sie”, which both mean “you” in English. “Du” is informal speech and “sie” is formal speech. What I have witnessed is that the formal option is fading more and more to the background. I belong…

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German music: Herbert Grönemeyer Posted by on May 14, 2011

Hi everybody! First of all: Sorry for not blogging for a while! I was involved in another project where I had to shoot several videos for Transparent. Today I want to introduce a very famous singer and Liedermacher (songwriter) to you. His name is Herbert Grönemeyer. Maybe he is the most famous Musiker (musician) in…

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