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Archive for August, 2011

Reading comprehension: Summer weather in Germany Posted by on Aug 31, 2011

Man merkt, dass es bald Herbst wird in Deutschland. Während der vergangenen Nächte war es schon sehr kalt. Tagsüber scheint die Sonne zwar immer noch, aber die Temperaturen sinken allmählich merklich. Im Frühjahr dachte ich noch, dass wir dieses Jahr einen bombastisch heißen Sommer kriegen würden, weil es an einige Frühlingstagen schon sehr schwül war…

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Der Spreewald – The Spree Forest Posted by on Aug 30, 2011

When people have had a stressful workweek they are usually yearning for a calm and restful weekend to relax and recharge their batteries. Of course, you can stay at home, lie on the sofa, watch TV, listen to music or read a book but this doesn’t sound like a good recovery, does it? What about…

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Hundstage – Dog Days Posted by on Aug 30, 2011

Last week we had the so called “Hundstage” (Dog Days) in Germany. Don´t think about the movie from 1975 starring Al Pacino. It´s more abtut the Wetter (weather). I guess the meaning of Hundstage respectively Dog Days is the same in German and English. Well, I simply wanted to say: It was soooo hot! In…

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Loriot Posted by on Aug 25, 2011

Some days ago, Germany’s most popular humorist, Loriot, died at the age of 87. Therefore, I’d like to dedicate this post to this fabulous person. Loriot worked as a cartoonist, actor, and director. His sketches and cartoons focused on the human inability to communicate. Loriot was born 12 November 1923 in Brandenburg an der Havel…

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Berliner Mauerbau – Building of the Berlin Wall Posted by on Aug 16, 2011

The Building of the Berlin Wall was a topic in the German media on the last weekend because 50 years ago, on 13 August 1961, the Wall was built. Thus, I would like to remind you in this post why this wall was ever erected. The allied forces, the USA, Great Britain, France, and the…

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German movies: Das Boot Posted by on Aug 13, 2011

Beside the introduction of German music, I also want to show you some important German movies. The first one is called „Das Boot“ and was made back in 1981. Due to its Erfolg (success), the movie was not only the breakthrough for director Wolfgang Petersen, but also for most of its cast. Here are some…

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Die Ostsee: Ein beliebtes Urlaubsziel der Deutschen – The Baltic Sea: A popular holiday destination for Germans Posted by on Aug 4, 2011

It is still vacation time in Germany. And as Germans love the beach and warm weather, they, of course, head to coastal areas. When Germans decide to spend their holidays abroad they target countries like Spain, especially, the island Mallorca (Majorca), die Türkei (Tukey), and Ägypten (Egypt). But when Germans decide to spend their vacation…

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