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Archive for May, 2012

Pfingsten in Deutschland – Pentecost/Whitsun in Germany Posted by on May 28, 2012

It’s holiday these days in Germany. We celebrate Pfingsten (Pentecost). Pentecost or Pfingsten is a Christian holiday, which is celebrated on the 50th day of the Osterfestkreis (Easter season), that is, the 49 days after Ostersonntag (Easter Sundsay). Pentecost is also called ‘the birthday of the Church’. So, it is a kirchliches (ecclesial) holiday and…

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Key: Easy ways to ask questions in German – And how to answer them Posted by on May 24, 2012

In my last post I told you how you can form yes/no-questions easily in German. In order to give you the chance to practice your German I gave you an exercise of which I would like to give you the key now. In addition to the correct questions I also provide the positive and negative…

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Easy ways to ask questions in German Posted by on May 21, 2012

In order to be able to ask questions in German it is not necessary that you know a particular sentence structure for questions. There are several easy ways to start off your question formation.   I. Intonation One way of asking questions in German easily is intonation. Just like in English, and probably in many…

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Der Maibaum (maypole) Posted by on May 19, 2012

Today I want to introduce a German tradition to you, that takes place in May. I´m talking about the so called Maibaum (maypole). A Maibaum is a decorated tree or at least stock of tree that is usually aufgerichtet (erected) on May the 1st. In some regions it is already put up on the eve…

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German poetry: Spuren im Sand – Footprints in the Sand Posted by on May 18, 2012

I have just come across a very nice poem and it made me almost cry because I find it is such a soothing piece of work. Every one of us will sooner or later find him- or herself in a difficult situation where we feel alone, and maybe this poem will let you know that…

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Denglish: The English loan word “adden” in German Posted by on May 16, 2012

Some days ago, I posted a note on our Facebook-Page, saying that the German language has a new English loan word for the verb “hinzufügen” = to add, which is “adden”. The opinions about English loans in German were divided. Some were happy about this progress in the German language because now it is easier…

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School Life in Germany Posted by on May 14, 2012

In one of my last posts I already wrote about school life in the former GDR but how does it look like nowadays? It has been quite a while that I attended school and I am sure that many things have changed since then but others might still remain the same. For example, some years…

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