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Archive for October, 2012

German actors: Daniel Brühl Posted by on Oct 31, 2012

Hi there! The next German actor that I want to introduce to you is called Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo, better known as Daniel Brühl. Understandably you might wonder about the name…well, Daniel is the son of the German TV director Hanno Brühl and a Spanish teacher. He was born in 1978 in Barcelona/Spain…

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5 striking features of the Berlin Dialect Posted by on Oct 29, 2012

One of the most painful truths for foreign learners of German is that hardly any German speaks his or her mother language as textbooks propagate. To put it crudely, German is a kind of diglossia, which means that various spoken dialects coexist. These dialects can even be that different from the standard language that even…

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German Numbers 1 – 20 Posted by on Oct 24, 2012

numbers image by Irargerich via flickr

We’ve created this handy little table of German numbers from 1 to 20 for students who are new to learning German.  Included is a video with native speaker pronunciation – listen to it several times, and make sure to practice your own pronunciation by speaking the numbers out loud.  In the absence of an instructor…

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Telling the time in German: Around the clock in 5-minute steps, part 2 Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

This is the continuation of my last post in which I told how to read the time when using mechanical clocks. As a matter of fact, it is often quite difficult to tell the exact time when using mechanical clocks or watches. This is especially true when the big hand of you watch is somewhere…

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Telling the time in German: Around the clock in 5-minute Steps Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

The constant reader of this blog might already know that I set myself to make a thoroughly series on Telling the Time in German. So far, I have explained how to cite full hours and the quarters of an hour (using mechanical clocks), and I explained why we tend to tell the time differently –…

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Answers to the reading comprehension – Der Herbst ist da! Posted by on Oct 16, 2012

These are the answers to the reading comprehension that I posted a couple of days ago: 1. What did the leaves do before they left their trees? Sie haben sich verfärbt. 2. What is the landscape dominated of? Die Landschaft ist von gelben Stoppelfeldern und bunten Wäldern geprägt. 3. What can you see in the…

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Die Dresdner Frauenkirche – Church of Our Lady Dresden Posted by on Oct 15, 2012

The Frauenkirche Dresden is an Evangelical Lutheran church of the Baroque period and is considered as the most magnificent credential of Protestant scared buildings. It is an old and new landmark of the city, which can look back on a 1000-year history. The church’s name Frauenkirche refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Originally…

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