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Archive for January, 2015

5 Inventions to Thank Germany For Posted by on Jan 28, 2015

Many of the useful and practical Gegenstände (objects) that you use today were invented by Germans. As Germans are known for being very efficient when it comes to working, it’s no wonder that so many inventors are Deutsch! Here’s a list of some of them: Die erste Glühbirne: The First Ever Lightbulb: Although it is…

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German parents want to kick out their children’s teacher Posted by on Jan 27, 2015

On January 15 Sönke Wortmann’s movie Frau Müller muss weg! (lit. Frau Müller has to go!) was released at German movie theaters. The critical comedy depicts the difficult relationship between parents and their children’s teachers in Germany. The story behind the film is certainly not far-fetched but reflects the situation of German teachers and parents…

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Recognising Basic Bavarian Words and Phrases Posted by on Jan 25, 2015

A while back I said I wanted to introduce some Bavarian (Bairisch) to the blog. I wrote a couple of posts on the Bavarian language, which you can read by clicking on their titles below: An Introduction to Bavarian I Liab Di: Bavarian Love Words and Signs you Might Encounter in Deepest Bavaria However, I…

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4 differences between Germany and Denmark Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

I often go to Denmark to visits some of my relatives. And every time I was there last year, I realized that Danish everyday occurrences differ from the German way of life. A comparison of both countries likewise reveals their peculiarities.   1. Germans turn on the headlights only in the dark The Scheinwerfer (headlights)…

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Untranslatable German Words: Die Gesichtsbremse Posted by on Jan 21, 2015

I know you all love learning about German’s ‘untranslatable’ words, so here’s another – the first one of 2015, in fact! Today’s untranslatable German word is Die Gesichtsbremse.   What is the literal translation of Gesichtsbremse? The word is made up of Das Gesicht (face) and Die Bremse (brake). So, it literally means ‘face…

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Silvester in Berlin Posted by on Jan 20, 2015

On the 31st of December, I made a quick decision with my brothers – let’s go to Berlin, to celebrate NYE there! The capital has one of the largest open air, free entrance NYE events of the world, the so-called Silvesterparty am Brandenburger Tor. It stretches from the Brandenburger Tor all the way to the…

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Useful Vocabulary for Everyday Life in Germany Posted by on Jan 19, 2015

Ein gutes neues Jahr! This post is for the German students of Lindin High School from the USA and their teacher Herr Pac. When I was learning German at school we learnt a lot about German Politik (politics), Geschichte (history) and the Umwelt (environment).  Although we could speak a lot about those particular subjects they…

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