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Archive for November, 2016

Untranslatable German Words: Der Pantoffelheld Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Guten Tag! Today it’s time for another untranslatable word, in which I share some of the quirkiest, coolest words the German language has to offer – and try (usually fail) to find an identical English version! This time it’s a funny one: Today’s word is der Pantoffelheld. What does der Pantoffelheld mean? Pantoffelheld is used…

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Planets and Outer Space In German Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

Guten Tag! Today’s topic is science – specifically, outer space and the planets of the solar system. This is something I’m sure we all remember learning about in school; it is one of those topics that stuck with us all. So why not learn the names of the planets in German? Let’s go! die Planeten…

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German Vocabulary for Technology Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

Hello and welcome to another post! I wasn’t able to write a post a couple of weeks ago as my laptop was broken, which gave me the idea to write this post about technology. Here is a list of important vocabulary and useful sentences when speaking about technology.   Der Fernseher                                   the TV Das Handy …

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All You Need to Know about the Elfter Elfter – Start of Karneval Posted by on Nov 12, 2016

On the Elfter Elfter (eleventh of the eleventh), Carnival officially started around the world, including Germany. But what do Germans even call their Carnival? And what happens on Elfter Elfter? Find out here: 5 things to know! 1. Different names for the same Whether you call it Carnival or Mardi Gras – you mean the same thing.…

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Untranslatable German Words: Magdeburgisieren Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

In our segment of untranslatable words in German, we discuss words that have no English equivalent. Today, I will have a look at a rather grim one, but that is definitely untranslatable. Today, I will discuss the verb magdeburgisieren. What does magdeburgisieren mean? During the Dreißigjährigen Krieg (Thirty Years’ War) from 1618-1648, an absolute low occurred in 1631. In…

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