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“Herzschläge” – Übersetzgesungen Episode 4: Mickey covers José Gonzalez covering The Knife Posted by on Apr 15, 2014

Do you remember that sweet TV commercial with the bouncy balls in San Francisco? This one: Well, for today’s episode of Übersetzgesungen, I decided to translated the song in that commercial! It’s performed by José Gonzalez, but it’s actually a cover of a song by The Knife. I prefer The Knife’s version of it, but Mr…

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A Hilarious Season Finale in the Spirit of April Fool’s Posted by on Apr 1, 2014

Hallo Freunde! Erinnert ihr euch an meinen ersten Blogpost? Back in Dezember, I wrote about the season premiere of the new German TV show Neo Magazin mit Jan Böhmermann. Things started off with a bang with an amazing musical number, and the episodes to follow did not disappoint (all episodes are archived and viewable at the…

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“Amsel” – Übersetzgesungen brings you a German take on The Beatles’ “Blackbird” Posted by on Mar 26, 2014

Hallo Freunde! After receiving a few requests to do something by the Beatles, I decided to give “Blackbird” a try for this week’s episode of Übersetzgesungen. The Beatles are no strangers to Germany or the German language. When the band started, they performed sets in Hamburg almost every night for a span of about two years…

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My way to language: Bilingual thoughts on where motivation comes from Posted by on Mar 19, 2014

“What do you recommend I do to learn a foreign language?” Ganz oft wird mir diese Frage gestellt. My answer differs from person to person, but whatever long-winded suggestions I give, I always end up with the same piece of advice. Ich sage, “Um eine Sprache zu lernen, muss man erst es genug wollen.” How…

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What does Taylor Swift sound like in German? – Übersetzgesungen Episode 2 Posted by on Mar 11, 2014

Hey guys! Übersetzgesungen is back with another Germanized version of a song originally in English. This time I decided to try my hand at translating Taylor Swift, who, as it turns out, is much wordier than Simon & Garfunkel. I learned a lot, you know, in trying to capture, like, the vibe of the song. Viel…

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World Premiere! The First Episode of ÜBERSETZGESUNGEN – “April, sie kommt herbei” by Simon & Garfunkel Posted by on Jan 18, 2014

I am so very excited to share with you today the world premiere of the newest web series to rock the world of melodolingutainment. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… Übersetzgesungen! As what I hope will become a regular feature in my blogging here at Transparent, Übersetzgesungen is the first show of its kind to interactively answer…

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The Top 5 Reasons (besides the Kölner Dom) to visit Nordrhein-Westfalen on your trip to Germany Posted by on Jan 7, 2014

Having spent a total of sixteen months in what some might call Germany’s “ugliest Bundesland”, I would like to dispel that perception by sharing with you a few of the charms of Nordrhein-Westfalen that make me proud to call it mein zweites Heimat. From classical treasures to quirky traditions, NRW has a lot to offer…

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