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Archive for March, 2014

“Amsel” – Übersetzgesungen brings you a German take on The Beatles’ “Blackbird” Posted by on Mar 26, 2014

Hallo Freunde! After receiving a few requests to do something by the Beatles, I decided to give “Blackbird” a try for this week’s episode of Übersetzgesungen. The Beatles are no strangers to Germany or the German language. When the band started, they performed sets in Hamburg almost every night for a span of about two years.…

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German folk music goes rock Posted by on Mar 23, 2014

What happens when six young people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland spend time together in a students’ flat-sharing community in Munich? Along with other young people, who are hanging around in exactly the same flat-sharing community, they author the one and only ultimate house rule: To have a full house during the day and make…

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My way to language: Bilingual thoughts on where motivation comes from Posted by on Mar 19, 2014

“What do you recommend I do to learn a foreign language?” Ganz oft wird mir diese Frage gestellt. My answer differs from person to person, but whatever long-winded suggestions I give, I always end up with the same piece of advice. Ich sage, “Um eine Sprache zu lernen, muss man erst es genug wollen.” How…

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What does Taylor Swift sound like in German? – Übersetzgesungen Episode 2 Posted by on Mar 11, 2014

Hey guys! Übersetzgesungen is back with another Germanized version of a song originally in English. This time I decided to try my hand at translating Taylor Swift, who, as it turns out, is much wordier than Simon & Garfunkel. I learned a lot, you know, in trying to capture, like, the vibe of the song. Viel…

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The opposite of punctuality is BVG: When Berliners are late Posted by on Mar 6, 2014

Delays and Cancellations – Travelling with public transportation in Berlin can be a pain in the neck With an area of nearly 900 square kilometers, Berlin is the largest city in Germany. Also counted by its inhabitants the capital is the most crowded area in Germany. About 3.4 million people track through the streets every…

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