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Archive for September, 2015

How to eat a Weißwurst? Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

The Weißwurst (veal sausage) is a Bavarian specialty, most notably the Munich Weißwurst. Eating it seems to be a science on its own. Fortunately, you won’t make a fool of yourself when choosing one of these methods: peeling, scraping, or sucking. Clinking glasses and beer drinking people who sway, sing along, and dance to party…

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All About The Lederhosen and Dirndl Posted by on Sep 25, 2015

As Oktoberfest is in full swing in München, many of you will be seeing (or wearing!) the traditional garments known as Lederhosen or Dirndl. In this post, I’m going to tell you a little about where they originate, why they were worn (and how they are worn today), and give you a few other facts…

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The Turkish Guest Workers of ’60s Germany Posted by on Sep 20, 2015

The Turkish make up the largest ethnic minority group in Germany. But why is that, exactly? Der Gastarbeiter (pl: Die Gastarbeiter) It all began during the Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) of the 1960s and 1970s, when Germany and Austria experienced rapid industrial growth and reconstruction of their economies following WW2. However, being severely low on labour…

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Vocabulary For Food In German Part Two Posted by on Sep 17, 2015

To carry on from my last post, which you can find here, I’ve made another list of translations of food along with their singular and plural forms. I’ve chosen words that are unusual that you might not know yet to widen your German vocabulary. Let’s get started: Gemuse und Obst: Vegetables and Fruit: der (die)…

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Untranslatable German Words: Nagelmond Posted by on Sep 10, 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 Nagelmond. What does Nagelmond literally translate to? The German compound noun Nagelmond is made up of the words der Nagel (nail) + der Mond (moon). It…

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Wetten, dass…? The forgotten Game Show of German TV Posted by on Sep 8, 2015

Top, die Wette gilt! With this sentence Thomas Gottschalk would start the various Wetten (bets) in the TV show Wetten, dass…? (Wanna bet?). It ran for 34 years in the German-speaking world, from 1981 to 2014, and was known as “größte Fernsehshow Europas” (largest TV show of Europe). Thomas Gottschalk, of course, was not the only host of the show…

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Untranslatable German Words: Rabeneltern Posted by on Sep 3, 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 die Rabeneltern. What does Rabeneltern literally translate to? The German compound noun Rabeneltern is made up of the words der Rabe (raven) + die Eltern (parents)…

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