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How to eat a Weißwurst? Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

The Weißwurst (veal sausage) is a Bavarian specialty, most notably the Munich Weißwurst. Eating it seems to be a science on its own. Fortunately, you won’t make a fool of yourself when choosing one of these methods: peeling, scraping, or sucking. Clinking glasses and beer drinking people who sway, sing along, and dance to party…

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German poetry goes Frankfurt vernacular Posted by on Apr 21, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, one of you ask me if I’m familiar with the poem “Fourteen Daughters” by Friedrich Stoltze – a German poet an writer who was famous for his poems written in Frankfurt vernacular. I have to admit that I had never heard of him before but after a quick search on Google I…

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Communication difficulties: Der Tatortreiniger Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Communication difficulties can arise whenever two people are engaged in a conversation. This also applies to the episode “Nicht über mein Sofa” (Not over my sofa) of the German comedy TV series Der Tatortreiniger (The Crime Scene Cleaner). Fortunately, the two interlocutors overcome their communication problems and Frau Hellenkamp finally opens the door for Schotty to let…

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That’s typically German: Line-jumping and bottle deposit Posted by on Feb 19, 2015

During my holidays in England it was easy for me to recognize typical German peculiarities: Waiting in line is not among them. But when it comes to bottle deposit Germany is way out in front of it. I’m German, to wait in line is torture to me! I’m envious of the British about their patience…

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That’s typically German: Debit cards and bedding Posted by on Feb 10, 2015

When you visit Germany you will discover that a number of accustomed conditions might differ from your homeland. The first week of February, I spent my holidays in England and there it was easy for me to realize a few standards that are typically German. Payments by debit card and characteristic bedding are just two…

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German parents want to kick out their children’s teacher Posted by on Jan 27, 2015

On January 15 Sönke Wortmann’s movie Frau Müller muss weg! (lit. Frau Müller has to go!) was released at German movie theaters. The critical comedy depicts the difficult relationship between parents and their children’s teachers in Germany. The story behind the film is certainly not far-fetched but reflects the situation of German teachers and parents…

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4 differences between Germany and Denmark Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

I often go to Denmark to visits some of my relatives. And every time I was there last year, I realized that Danish everyday occurrences differ from the German way of life. A comparison of both countries likewise reveals their peculiarities.   1. Germans turn on the headlights only in the dark The Scheinwerfer (headlights)…

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