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Archive for June, 2014

Language Listening Lesson – Freude für den Fußball Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

I have already started this on the Dutch blog, where it was received quite well. I hope you will like the German version as well! A Language Listening Lesson (Triple L) consists of a German text, with translation and audio file to listen to it. That is the idea – you listen to it and…

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Die Trümmerfrauen: The Rubble Women Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

There is this stereotype that German women are big, strong, and super-efficient. My husband sometimes teases me when I do some heavy lifting, saying things like: “Yeah, you’re a real German woman!”, or when he talks about my work ethic: “Well, of course you’re hard working – you’re German!” I have to admit, I never…

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Andreas Gabalier spices up German folk music Posted by on Jun 13, 2014

It is an open secret. German folk music is not very popular among young Germans. Women in dirndl dresses. Men in leather pants and Tyrolean hats. Someone is playing the accordion. Another one is playing any other folksy instrument, for example, the tuba or the bugle. All dressed up they sing about love in a…

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Untranslatable German Words: Teil 1 Posted by on Jun 9, 2014

I am fascinated by words which exist in other languages, but which we do not have in English. I think my fascination stems from the question I ask myself when confronted with one of these words: Why does it exist in one language, but not in another? Sometimes, this is obviously for cultural reasons, but…

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Servus from Constanze! Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

Servus! That is a Bavarian way of saying ‘hi’! My name is Constanze Arnold, and I am very happy to introduce myself as a new blogger here at Transparent Language. Let me tell you a little more about myself! First off, I am from the UK. I grew up bilingual, with a German mum…

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