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Archive for July, 2017

20 Motivational Sayings In German Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Guten Tag! Ich hoffe, es geht euch gut! 🙂 Sometimes we lack in motivation, be it for our work, chores – and even our language learning. At times it can feel like we’ve hit a wall, like we aren’t good enough, or like our efforts over the months aren’t paying off. But that’s not true…

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Untranslatable German Words: Klangwunder Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

In the series of untranslatable German words, we tackle those words that just don’t have a direct English translation that makes sense. This week, we have a wonderful word, that encapsulates a lot: Klangwunder. What is a Klangwunder? A Klangwunder is a place or device that has miraculous acoustics. It puts you in awe and wonder how such…

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The Curiosity of the German Word “Hochzeit” Posted by on Jul 27, 2017

In the series of curious German words, we look at words that for some reason don’t make sense. Check out Curious German Word Weg, for example. The word Hochzeit (wedding, literally “high time”) is pretty common. A wedding! Nothing special on face value. But pronounce it: Hochzeit. Hoch and Zeit put together. Do you notice something? Pronunciation The pronunciation of Hochzeit makes no sense…

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Untranslatable German: Das Backpfeifengesicht Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

Guten Tag and welcome to another ‘untranslatable words’ post, where I bring you the quirkiest words the German language has to offer. Today’s word is a popular one that was requested by a reader: das Backpfeifengesicht.   What is the meaning of das Backpfeifengesicht? A Backpfeifengesicht is the word for a face you don’t like…

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All You Need To Know About Messen Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

What if there was a place where you could find out everything you always wanted to know about anything? About the most niche thing you can think of? Well, this place exists. In Germany: Messen. Finde deine Leidenschaft In Germany, Messen (trade fairs) are held for all kinds of different things and topics. From the coffee, tea and…

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Smoking In Germany Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

Today’s post is about das Rauchen – smoking – in Germany. I was recently in Munich and one of the things that fascinates me every time I go there is the presence of smoking ads and cigarette vending machines in the streets. In the UK, you will not see one single smoking advert, and you…

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9 Uses For The German Word Scharf Posted by on Jul 12, 2017

Sometimes the smallest, simplest of German words can surprise with a multitude of meanings. It’s useful to look at these kinds of words in more detail, so that they don’t confuse so much when read or heard in real life. Today the German word we’re going to look at in more detail is the adjective…

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