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Archive for July, 2015

Untranslatable German Words: der Kulturbeutel Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

Guten Tag! Welcome to another edition of German untranslatable words, dedicated to teaching you quirky German words, their meanings, and how to use them! Today the word is der Kulturbeutel. What does Kulturbeutel literally translate to? This German compound noun is made up of the words die Kultur (culture) + der Beutel (bag/pouch). Its literal…

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Telling the Time in German Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

If is often said that German people are very pünktlich (on time), I’ve written a list of basic vocabulary to help you tell the time, and to ask what the time is in German so that you’ll never be spät (late)! First of all here are a few numbers in German: Eins                        One Zwei                      Two…

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Refugees Welcome? Germany’s Reactions Posted by on Jul 24, 2015

Hallo! Wie geht’s? 🙂 In März I wrote this post on PEGIDA and the German word Überfremdung (‘over-foreignisation’). Since that time, the topic of immigration in Germany has been making headline news – mostly due to the refugees coming to live in Germany. According to the interior minister, Germany is expected to receive a record…

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How Twitter Can Help You Learn German Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

Since social media is a big part of modern life, it only makes sense to use it to its full potential. Yes, it might seem like a place reserved for angry rants and photos of people’s breakfasts, but if you use it in the right way it can be extremely useful, too! And this is…

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How To Stay Safe During A Hitzewelle Posted by on Jul 5, 2015

Over the weekend temperatures in Germany hit 40⁰C, and everybody has been, quite rightly, out enjoying the Hitzewelle while it lasts. The reason it is so hot in Europe at the moment is because the hot Saharaluft (air from the Sahara desert) is blowing in our direction, causing heiße Tage – and tropische Nächte! I…

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