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Archive for February, 2016

Das Schaltjahr – 3 Things To Know About The Leap Year In Germany Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

A Schaltjahr (leap year) is held every four years, except century years, unless they are divisible by 400. It dates back to Roman times, and was introduced by Julius Caesar as a solution to our 365-day long year being just about 6 hours too short to be perfectly aligned with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But this day…

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What to say at the Doctor’s in German Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

Hello and welcome to another post! In this post I’ll be giving you helpful sentences to enable you to book a doctor’s appointment and explain what’s wrong to the doctor in German. Keywords: der Arzt/die Ärztin                                                          The doctor (male/female) die Arztpraxis                                                                    The doctor’s office der Termin                                                                         The appointment der Hautarzt      The dermatologist…

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German Nationalparks – Part 4: Eifel Posted by on Feb 26, 2016

This is part 3 of the series here on the German Blog, the German Nationalparks, a series on the 16 National Parks of Germany. Last week, I discussed the Land der Tausend Seen, Park Müritz, and before that park Berchtesgaden, and the mysterious Schwarzwald. Today, we will travel to the westernmost Nationpark: in die Eifel! Der Nationalpark Eifel The National Park Eifel is the first one in Bundesland (federal…

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German Words For ‘Rascal’ – Part 2! Posted by on Feb 24, 2016

A little while ago I wrote about the untranslatable German word Dreikäsehoch, a teasing, slightly derogatory term used for little kids – especially those who need taking down a peg or two. While I was writing that post, I found plenty of other, equally endearing words that Germans use when talking to, or about, their…

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German Vocabulary around the House Part 2 Posted by on Feb 22, 2016

Servus! I’m carrying on from my last post and listing Gegenstände (objects) around the house. In this post I’ll be writing about das Schlafzimmer, das Gästezimmer, das Esszimmer and die Küche. If you missed the start of this topic you can find the post here. Gegenstände die im Schlafzimmer sind: Objects that are in the…

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6 German Words For ‘Rascal’ Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

Guten Morgen! A little while ago I wrote about the untranslatable German word Dreikäsehoch, a term used to light-heartedly mock young kids – especially those who need taking down a peg or two (you can read more on that word by clicking the link). While I was writing that post, I found plenty of other…

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German Nationalparks – Part 3: Müritz Posted by on Feb 18, 2016

This is part 2 of the new series here on the German Blog, the German Nationalparks, a series on the 16 National Parks of Germany. Last week, I discussed the southernmost park Berchtesgaden, and the mysterious Schwarzwald before. Today, we will go into the north: to Lake Müritz in the Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern! Der Nationalpark Müritz The last ice age created hundreds of lakes and…

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