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Archive for May, 2017

8 Places To Visit In Munich Posted by on May 31, 2017

Guten Tag! Recently, someone asked me for recommendations for things to do in München (Munich) as a first-time visitor, so I thought I’d write my own little guide and share it with you all. For each attraction, I have included the nearest U-Bahn (underground) or S-Bahn (overground or ‘suburban’ trains) stop to get off at…

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Father’s Day In Germany Posted by on May 24, 2017

Hallo! Tomorrow, Thursday May 25th, is Father’s Day in Germany. In the UK (and perhaps in your country, too), Father’s Day is generally a family-centred event, where children bring their fathers cards and gifts, or maybe let them have the day off by doing their chores for them. Fathers tend to stay home and relax…

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Untranslatable German Words: Tante-Emma-Laden Posted by on May 18, 2017

We all have this Großmutter (grandmother), Onkel (uncle) or Tante (aunt) that complains that all the big Supermarktketten (supermarket chains) are taking over, and there is no space left on the market for the small shops, wie es früher mal war (like it once was back in the day). So as a sign of resistance, Tante Emma opened her own little grocery store. That is a Tante-Emma-Laden…

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Germany’s Famous Asparagus Season Posted by on May 16, 2017

I hadn’t actually heard about this until I moved here, even when I was a child and visited Germany I didn’t know about Spargelzeit (Asparagus season) – perhaps because I never visited during the season. When is Asparagus Season? Spargelzeit starts every year at a different time, depending on how warm the weather is and…

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10 Cute German Words About Pregnancy Posted by on May 15, 2017

I had intended this post to be a straight-forward post on handy German vocabulary related to pregnancies. What I did not anticipate was how many pregnancy-related words are incredibly cute, or incredibly interesting in German. We’ll start with some basic vocabulary before moving onto the fun stuff! Basic German pregnancy vocabulary:   die Schwangerschaft –…

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Separable And Inseparable German Prefixes Posted by on May 10, 2017

I wrote a post recently about verbs that change their meanings when you add prefixes to them. These can be very confusing for language learners, as they think they recognise a verb when it actually means something totally different. The post led to a question about whether a particular prefix made the verb separable or…

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A Brief History Of The German Flag Posted by on May 8, 2017

The German flag, with its black, red and gold stripes, is one of the most easily recognisable flags in the world. In this post, I’ll give you some information about the origins of the current flag, and show you some of its variations throughout history.   The Holy Roman Empire 962–1806 Known in German as…

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