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Archive for August, 2012

Telling the time in German: Numbers, numbers, numbers Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

How we cite the time usually depends on whether we read the time with digital watches or mechanical ones. In the following video I explain how you tell the time in German when you exclusively use numbers in your citation – which is usally the case when you read the time with digital watches.  

German fashion designer: Harald Glööckler Posted by on Aug 28, 2012

Some years ago when I was zapping through the TV channels, I suddenly cracked up with laughter.  A strange looking man whom I had never seen before was presenting some fashion on one of those teleshopping shows. This man was Harald Glööckler, a German fashion designer from Baden-Württemberg. He got my attention because of his flamboyant style of dress, and…

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German music: Ostrock (Karussell – Als ich fortging) Posted by on Aug 27, 2012

I have already published several post about German song lyrics and their English translations but those were rather new songs. This time I would like go back in time and suggest a song from the 1980s by a band from the former German Democratic Republic. Karussell (carousel) is a German band from Leipzig and they…

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German Poetry: Theodor Fontane – “John Maynard” Posted by on Aug 24, 2012

Theodor Fontane (born 30 December in Neuruppin) was a German novelist and poet. His main job was actually pharmacist – a profession also carried on by his father – but always felt called to writing. His first novel Geschwisterliebe (Siblings Love) was published in 1839, the same year he finished his education in pharmacy. Ten…

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German Poetry (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe): Erlkönig – Erlking/Elfking Posted by on Aug 22, 2012

Here is another poem of my poem-series, so to speak. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Erlkönig” is a quite gloomy poem. By the way, the word “Erlkönig” is another term for “Schwarzer Mann” (bogeyman).       Wer reitet so spätdurch Nacht und Wind?Es ist der Vatermit seinem Kind; Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem…

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