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Archive for November, 2016

Erntedankfest: German Thanksgiving Posted by on Nov 9, 2016

In a recent post I mentioned some events that take place in Germany in Autumn. Today I’d like to tell you a little more about one of them, namely Erntedankfest – the “German Thanksgiving”. First, the breakdown of the word. ‘Ernte’ means harvest, while ‘Dank’ comes from ‘Danke’, meaning thank you, and ‘Fest’ is German…

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The Curiosity of the Plural of “das Wort” Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

This post is about the German word “das Wort”. What’s the plural? No, not bird! The plural is Wörter. Sounds right. And Worte. Sounds right. Wait, what? Which one is correct? Is there another form? What’s going on here? Let’s find out! What does the Duden say? The Duden, a prestigious German Wörterbuch (dictionary) gives the following explanation about the plural…

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German and its beloved Silbenwörter Posted by on Nov 3, 2016

We all like abbreviating things. From texting shortcuts to internet abbreviations, from names to government departments. There are differences in how we abbreviate, though. We Germans have a pretty interesting take on it! Germans like abbreviating stuff. Understandable, as German words can become really long sometimes. Especially for words that are used a lot in…

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Nagivating A German Airport: Part 2 Posted by on Nov 2, 2016

Hallo! Last time on the blog I gave you all the vocabulary you need to navigate a German airport. This time I’ll give you vocabulary for things on the aeroplane itself, and some common phrases you might use and hear on a plane.   Vocabulary: On the plane Take-off – die Abfahrt Landing – die…

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