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Archive for January, 2018

2 Words You Didn’t Know Were German Posted by on Jan 31, 2018

Guten Tag! When you think of English words that are German in origin, a few will spring to mind immediately: Angst, Poltergeist, and Doppelgänger, amongst others. Yet there are some English words that you need to look a little closer at to discover that they are, in fact, German! Today I’ve got two English words…

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An Extraordinary Tradition – Das Bloch Posted by on Jan 26, 2018

Yesterday, a new film premiered. The documentary shows a more than 200 years old tradition in the Appenzellerland, a region in Switzerland. It is quite useless – a Bloch (Swiss word for “log”, a tree trunk) is hauled from one place through the villages, and finally back to the starting place. So it did not really go…

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German Onomatopoeia Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

Today we’re going to look at onomatopoeia in the German language! The dictionary defines onomatopoeia as ‘the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle ).’ You might already be familiar with some of these words in English: Splash, boom, and many animal noises including miaow. Just like…

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Going to a Spa in Germany Posted by on Jan 23, 2018

Winter is the perfect season to have a spa weekend; there is nothing better on a cold day then to be in a sauna or hot tub. This post is so you know what to do if you ever find yourself in a spa in Germany! The general rules in Germany I’m not sure what…

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Sayings + Expressions 15 – Die Sau! Posted by on Jan 22, 2018

Sayings and expressions! It’s been quite some time, so let’s have some fun with two today – related to the Sau (sow). The Schwein (pig) and the Sau (sow) in particular have widespread meaning in the German language. So this post might get a follow up! Let’s start today – beginning with the expression! Check here for previous posts in this series…

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Will You Get Lucky In 2018? Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

It is 2018, a new year! That not only means setting new year’s resolutions and goals, but it also means wishing people a happy new year, and wishing each other luck. How? Find out.  Frohes neues! 1. Ich/Wir wünsche(n) viel Glück und Erfolg im neuen Jahr! I/We wish good luck and success in the new year!…

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Reflexive German Verbs Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

Guten Tag! Today we’re going to look at reflexive German verbs. If you’ve ever heard a German native say something like “I will shower me” in English instead of “I will take a shower”, for example, this post on reflexive verbs will hopefully explain why that is! What is a reflexive verb? A reflexive verb…

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