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Pf Pf Pf… What’s up with that? Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

Pflanze, Pflaume, Pfau, Pferd, Pfad… All of these are words with a silent p if a word starts with this. At least in most everyday speech.  Some people pronounce the p, as you can hear in the recording below, but from own experience, most do not pronounce the p very clearly. It is easier to just pronounce it as an f,…

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Translation request: Wirklichkeit, Gestalt, and Gefüge Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

This post comes from a comment Dirinella left me on one of my recent posts: vielleicht kannst Du (oder andere) helfen, und zwar bei der Übersetzung des deutschen Begriffs “Wirklichkeit”. Das englische “real” trifft es leider überhaupt nicht, denn Wirklichkeit oder “das Wirkliche” sagt nur aus, dass etwas Wirkung hat, auch ohne dabei real sein…

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Aus vs. Von Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

In German, the issue between von and aus is not a very prevalent one. But it can be confusing when learning German from English, since von and aus are both used for its English equivalent “from.” So, here is a clarification where von is used, and where aus is used in cases where they can…

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Sayings + Expressions 2 – The Square and the Concept Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

In this second post, we have another two! Let’s start off again with the saying. Das Runde muss ins Eckige the round (thing) must go into the square (thing) Very much football-related, and not very translatable to English, this saying has quite some background meaning. Of course, it talks about the football entering the goal, which it has to…

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The German wimp: A broad definition Posted by on Jul 13, 2014

Guten Tag, and wilkommen to another post on untranslatable German words. This week I want to talk about a word that I didn’t know until last week, when a customer at work told me about “this German word that means you park in the shade”. He thought it was hilarious, but he couldn’t remember exactly…

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