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Archive for September, 2016

German Vocabulary For Autumn Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Hallo! As my favourite season is upon is (Herbst – autumn) I decided there would be nothing better than a little post on all things Herbst in German.     Herbstwetter (autumn weather) is beautiful. It’s kühl (cool) outside, often windig (windy) but nevertheless nice and sonnig (sunny). At times it can be rather regnerisch…

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A Few German Words You Can’t Go Without Posted by on Sep 24, 2016

Who doesn’t like travelling? I think we all do! And we all want to make a good impression on the natives. A good way to do that is by speaking some of their words! If you are a beginner in German, and you just want to have some short, but important words, then look no…

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German Indefinite Pronouns Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

Guten Tag, liebe Leser! Recently, as part of my back to basics post, I linked to a post from the archives that deals with German possessive pronouns – that is, how to say things like ‘her book’ , ‘his hat’, ‘our cat’, and so on. Now I’d like to go over German indefinite pronouns…

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Changes to Oktoberfest 2016 Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

It’s that time of year again! Oktoberfest started last Saturday and will run till the third of October. Following this year’s events around the world, Oktoberfest has enhanced its safety procedures to make sure that all visitors are in a safe environment. I’ve listed the changes below (don’t worry, there aren’t that many!) and if…

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4 Times Germans Took Their Sense Of Order Hilariously Far Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

My father has told me many times a proverb that also he grew up with: Ordnung ist das halbe Leben (order is half your life). Yes, Germans cherish tidiness and order, which can go into the absurd. Sometimes, Germans just take their Ordnungssinn (sense of order) too far! Enjoy! 4. Maschendrahtzaun Back in the 1990s, one particular woman became…

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German Children’s Stories 2: Zappelphilipp Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

Guten Tag! Today I’m tying two topics together: An untranslatable word (we haven’t had one of those for a while!) and a classic German children’s story. One of these inspired the other. Want to learn more? The German word I am focusing on today is der Zappelphilipp.   What does der Zappelphilipp mean? A ‘Zappelphilipp’…

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German Nationalparks – Part 14: Hunsrück-Hochwald Posted by on Sep 10, 2016

In previous months, we have already explored a large part of the geschützte Schönheit (protected beauty) of German nature. We went to the windige Küsten (windy shores) of the Wattenmeer, the eindrucksvolle Felsen (impressive rocks) of the Sächsische Schweiz, the Jahrhunderte alten Wälder  (centuries old forests) of the Bayerischer Wald, the Erzminen (ore mines) in the Harz, the Tiger (tigers) roaming around in the Eifel, the Tausend Seen (thousand lakes) of Müritz, the hohe Gebirge (high mountain…

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