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Archive for July, 2012

Telling the time in German: The quarters of an hour Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Telling time in German - Quarters of an hour

In my last post I discussed how to ask for the time and how to tell the time when it comes to full hours. Now I’d like to continue with the times between the hours. First you should know that there are regional differences how to tell the time in German. And the awkward thing…

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Telling the time in German: Full hours Posted by on Jul 11, 2012

One stereotype of Germans is that we are punctual. Indeed, it is considered to be impolite in German culture to be late when you have an appointment with somebody. So whenever you are late it is always advisable to call or text the person you will meet and let him or her know that you…

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Reading in German: Kameras und Fotografie – Cameras and photography Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

Fotografie gehört sicherlich weltweit zu den beliebtesten Freizeitbeschäftigungen. Auch ich habe diese Kunst schon seit Langem für mich entdeckt. Um mit dem Fotografieren anzufangen braucht man nicht unbedingt die teuerste Kamera, denn man kann auch gute Bilder mit einfachen Kameras machen. Es gibt verschiedene Arten von Kameras, zum Beispiel Kompaktkameras und Spiegelreflexkameras. Wenn man mit…

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German vocabulary: das Auto – car Posted by on Jul 4, 2012

When you are on a visit in Germany you may want to take a trip around the countryside. The best way to do so is to rent a car. The following phrases are useful.   Ich möchte ein Auto mieten. iH möH-tuh ayn ou-toh mee-tuhn I would like to rent a car.   Wieviel kostet…

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German vocabulary: Family Posted by on Jul 2, 2012

The German Kernfamilie (nuclear family) consists of Eltern (parents) and their Kinder (children). But there are also a variety of other people in a family, both young and old, who affect family life to some degree, namely the extended family. Let’s have a look at the German vocabulary that describe typical family members. First, we’ll…

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