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Archive for November, 2011

German cooking: “Grünkohl” – Kale Posted by on Nov 17, 2011

Grünkohl (kale) is a very popular dish for the Adventszeit (Advent Season) and Weihnachten (Christmas) in Germany. And I also like it very much. It is one of my favorite dishes. As someone of you asked how to prepare it, I’d like to address myself to this topic.   First of all, you need to…

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German movies: Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) Posted by on Nov 16, 2011

The movie „Jeden Tag, jede Sekunde triffst Du eine Entscheidung, die dein Leben verändern kann.“ („Every day, every second you make a decision that could change your life.“) You can say that this Satz (sentence) is something like the credo of this fast-paced movie made by Tom Tykwer in 1998. The story of the movie…

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Das Wiener Gemüseorchester – The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

Do you play an instrument? Maybe the carrot? The cucumber? The pepper? The celeriac? Leek? Or parsley? What sounds like a vegetarian shopping list are, for some people, indeed tools to make music. How can music be fresher and healthier than that?   The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998 and consists of twelve…

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German ordinal numbers in use: Choosing the proper gender, grammatical case, and number (pt. II) Posted by on Nov 11, 2011

In my last post I discussed what adjectival endings you have to use when you use a noun with a definite article. Remember that ordinal numbers are grammatically nothing else than adjectives. That is, when you embed an ordinal in your sentence you have to modify it like any other adjectives. In this post I…

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German ordinal numbers in use: Choosing the proper gender, grammatical case, and number (pt. I) Posted by on Nov 9, 2011

Ordinal numbers are not as common as cardinal numbers. But you need to use them whenever you express things that occur in an order or series. For example, in a hotel you may discover that your room is on the eighth floor. To properly use ordinals in German, you have to consider that ordinal numbers…

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