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Archive for October, 2014

What is Halloween like in Germany? Posted by on Oct 26, 2014

In some ways, Hallowe’en is the same in Germany as it is in the UK or the USA. You can expect nightclubs offering Halloween themed nights for adults, horror movies shown on TV, children dressing up and going trick or treating (although this aspect of Hallowe’en is not as common in Germany as it is…

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Du kannst mich!! 11 ways to express anger in German Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

You ever have one of those days where you just want to tell everyone to go to hell? Let’s do that now – in German. How is this useful, I hear you ask? Well, maybe the next time a co-worker irritates you, you can scream your desired comeback at them in German (since German is…

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Bernhard Schlink: Der Vorleser (The Reader) Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Germany’s role in the Holocaust in World War II is still firmly fixed in the minds of many people around the world. For a long time, the occurrences had been placed under a taboo. Silence was considered to be an appropriate modality of Entnazifizierung (denazification) in both parts of divided Germany. Only gradually Opfer (victims)…

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Untranslatable German Words: Nervensäge Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

Hello and welcome to another post on untranslatable German words! I can’t believe how many words we’ve covered already – Torschlußpanik, Geisterfahrer, Gemütlichkeit, Waldeinsamkeit, Putzfimmel, Schattenparker… to name just a few! It may not have a reputation as being romantic or sexy, but if you’re a language lover then you’ll quickly realise what an interesting…

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How To Use Sauerkraut In Cooking – An Easy Recipe Posted by on Oct 10, 2014

I love food. I’m sure you do, too. My guess is that, if you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably on an educational journey into German language and culture. What sort of a journey would that be if it didn’t include eating German food?   The great thing about visiting another country is that you…

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German music: Lyrics and English translation of “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten” by Tim Bendzko Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

Tim Bendzko is a young singer-songwriter from Berlin. The song “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”, which was released in 2011, granted him popularity throughout Germany. This year, he won the World Music Award 2014 in Monaco as “Best German Act”. Tim Bedzko’s song “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten” is about the fast-moving nature…

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Oktoberfest Celebrations Outside Germany Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Oktoberfest is undoubtedly Germany’s largest and most famous festival, drawing in millions of visitors each year. Its home is in München, the capital of Bayern. This is where it originated, and where it has been held each year since the very first one in 1810. I recently wrote a post to mark the beginning of…

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