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Archive for September, 2014

Sayings + Expressions 9 – The Spanish Vitamin Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

After some absence, I am back with a new Sayings + Expressions! This week – a Spanish vitamin… Does that make sense? Read on to find out… Vitamin B(eziehungen)  Vitamin C(ontacts) (good connections) As we all know, vitamin B is a very important vitamin that we need to survive. It regulates certain vital parts of…

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German-Dutch in the mix Posted by on Sep 27, 2014

The Netherlands and Germany are two countries that could not oppose each other in certain ways: soccer, language, some cultural traits, morals, fashion styles… But they also find harmony. There are many activities that connect both countries. Not only economically. I grew up in a small German town on the Dutch border and went to…

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German grammar in use: The conjugation of the verb “erklären” Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

The common English translation for the German verb “erklären” is to explain. Further, it can mean to declare, to state, or to define — depending on context. Below you can find some example sentences with the German verb “erklären” and its conjugations. Präsens – Present tense Singular Plural 1st person ich erkläre wir erklären 2nd…

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The etiquette of Sie and du at the workplace Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

As many German language learners know, in German there are two different ways of saying the word ‘You’. There is ‘du’, which is informal, and ‘Sie’, which is formal. This is entirely different to the English language, which only uses one word (You) for both. I wanted to touch on this subject to discuss the…

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German cooking: meatballs with cauliflower and potatoes Posted by on Sep 23, 2014

German cooking is very rustic. A common meal consists of meat, potatoes and vegetables. One of my favorite dishes of my childhood is Buletten mit Blumenkohl und Kartoffeln (meatballs with cauliflower and potatoes). My mother usually cooked it for Sunday’s lunch. Below you can find the Rezept (recipe) for this very easy dish. In the…

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Ozapft is! Oktoberfest 2014 has begun! Posted by on Sep 20, 2014

Today marks the start of the annual Oktoberfest in München! Here are a few facts about the world’s largest and most popular beer festival.   A brief history of Oktoberfest Oktoberfest began in 1810 – a whopping 204 years ago – when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and invited all of the…

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Untranslatable German Words: Der Geisterfahrer Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Guten Tag! Here’s another little German language lesson in the form of an untranslatable German word – and today there are a few other words thrown in for good measure. Today’s word is Der Geisterfahrer. Before I tell you what this word means, here are some similar-looking words, along with their meanings. You will see…

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