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Archive for October, 2014

Key: Forming sentences with the German verb “hören” (Video) Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Here is the key for the exercise on conjugating the German verb “hören”. In case you would like to listen to the correct sentences: check out the video.     Präteritum – Preterit (equals simple past) 3a. I listened to the radio. Ich hörte Radio. 3b. I listened to music. Ich hörte Musik. 3c. I…

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Germany doesn’t have bad weather. It has un-weather. Posted by on Oct 5, 2014

Guten Tag, meine Lieben! Since die Jahreszeiten are changing and Herbst und Winter are upon us here in the UK, I thought this was the right time to learn some Wetter vocabulary – and yes, the Germans even have an untranslatable word or two when it comes to describing the weather. The first untranslatable word…

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11 foodstuffs of the GDR you can still find in German supermarkets Posted by on Oct 3, 2014

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Bundesrepublik (Federal Republic) and Ostdeutschland (East Germany) finally reunited on 3rd October 1990 officially, the citizens and workers of the GDR hoped for an economic reorganization. However, transforming a Planwirtschaft (planned economy) into a Marktwirtschaft (market economy) soon proved to be illusionary. On the one hand…

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German grammar in use: The conjugation of the verb “hören” Posted by on Oct 1, 2014

The German verb “hören” has got three major meanings: The ability to hear The conscious activity to listen (to) To do what an authority commands you: to obey Additionally, there are several compound verbs with the stem “-hören”, which specify HOW you hear or listen. zuhören – to listen to The verb “zuhören” is a…

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