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Arbeit ( Work) Posted by on May 22, 2010

I’ve been perusing through the web looking at articles about unemployment in Germany and the U.S. Since the economic downturn in 2008, Arbeitslosigkeit (unemployment) has skyrocketed in Germany, U.S. and elsewhere in Europe.    Before things went sour (economically) Germany had seen a record high in Arbeitsplatz (employment): 40.3 million, the highest level since Wiedervereinigung (reunification) in 1990. The labor market…

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The Green Wave Posted by on May 1, 2010

Sometimes it’s hard to know who to believe when it comes to global warming. There are those who say we need to quickly move in the direction of creating green sources of erneuerbare Energie (renewable energy) and yet, there are others who just as quickly contradict that way of thinking and believe global warming is…

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Wo Spricht Man Deutsch (Where is German spoken)? Posted by on Apr 9, 2010

German is spoken by an estimated 126 Million people. The vast Mehrheit (majority) is found in Deutschland (Germany), with about 82 million German-speakers. Diese Zahl (this number) leaves us with 44 million other people. Wo wohnen die anderen (where do the others live)? Österreich (Austeria) should be the first Land (country) to come to mind. After…

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Auf Der Walz Posted by on Apr 1, 2010

A unique and struggling German tradition is the Wandergeselle, Geselle, or journeyman— a 3 year and one day pilgrimage which novice Zimmermänner (carpenters) undertake after finishing an apprenticeship. Sometimes this is even considered another test or Herausforderung (challenge) in the apprenticeship.  The “traveling carpenters” gehen auf die Walz (set off on a journey) on foot…

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German-American Heritage Posted by on Mar 30, 2010

For those of our Leserschaft (readership) who live in the D.C area, are hardcore road-trip-museum-going junkies, and/or have the time to stop at our nation’s capital, you might want to check out the city’s newest addition, the German-Heritage Museum of the USA. Through Ausstellungun (exhibits) and Veranstaltungen (events), the museum’s main focus is to bring…

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Sehnsucht nach Doener Kebab Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

Move over Big Mac, the Döner Kebab is here to stay. For those of you who have never kosteten (tasted) a Döner Kebab, it is the be-all and end-all of street food—a salty, savory wrap-like meal made up of Fladenbrot (flatbread) gefüllt (filled) with juicy lamb, Kopfsalat (lettuce), Kohl (cabbage), Zwiebeln (onions), Gurken (cucumbers) and Tomaten…

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German Numbers 1-100 Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

For language learners new to German, a simple table of numbers can be quite useful! We’ve created that very thing for you right here. If you are looking to learn German, check out our website at Transparent.com for free resources like German Word of the Day and our German Facebook community, or take it to…

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