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Archive for October, 2014

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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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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