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January 27: Commemorating the Holocaust Posted by on Jan 27, 2022

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is an important day in history. A großer Tag der Trauer (day of great sadness). On this day, 77 years ago, die Rote Armee (Red Army) liberated the Konzentrationslager (concentration camp) Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nothing could have prepared the Russian soldiers for what they found there. They liberated some 7000 ausgehungerte Überlebende (starved survivors), and found unimaginable amounts of remains of one of…

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You Won’t Believe These Crazy German Place Names Posted by on Jan 25, 2022

Crazy German Place Names

Every country has some strange Ortsnamen (m, place names). Take American Fork in Utah, or Shitterton in Dorset, UK. And we have our own crazy German place names! Here’s a few that where you can visit and you can take your picture next to the Ortsschild (n, place name sign). Oh, and also how you pronounce them properly…

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German Idioms 34: New Beginnings Posted by on Jan 21, 2022

German idioms zero bei Null anfangen Anfang

It’s a new year! Perhaps you have devised some gute Vorsätze fürs neue Jahr (m, New Year’s resolutions) to finally get fit, wake up earlier, take up your weekends to truly rest, or finally do those trips you wanted to go on. We like doing this at the beginning of the year, as it’s a new Anfang (m…

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The 5 Best Posts Of The German Blog In 2021 Posted by on Jan 14, 2022

The third weekend of 2022 steht vor der Tür (“stands in front of the door”, is almost here). And while the first weekend was reserved for sleeping off New Year’s Eve and the second to get back into the rhythm of the normal work week, this weekend might be the perfect time to take a look back…

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What’s Your Favorite Look Back? Jahresrückblicke in Germany Posted by on Dec 31, 2021

Jahresrückblicke German end-of-year review year in review

It’s the very last day of the year, and in Germany, that’s a great time to look back on the previous year. Today, and the last few days, were once again filled with so-called Jahresrückblicke (m, end-of-year reviews). Here’s a few that you can watch yourself! Looking back at an eventful year Jahresrückblicke in Germany exist for…

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German Idioms 33: Procrastination Posted by on Dec 29, 2021

procrastination German Idioms

It’s the holiday time, and we’re nearing Silvester (NYE), and a new year! And I have to say: the lazy holiday days are not the most motivating to sit down at your computer and write a post. But we tell ourselves to do the important things first, or to not procrastinate. So here we are! We have…

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Die Impfpflicht comes to Germany – but how do you say that? Posted by on Dec 10, 2021

Corona Impfpflicht pronouncing how to say COVID German bundestag

While we wrote about it almost a year ago, it seems like it is finally happening now: The German Bundestag voted for a specific Impfpflicht (f, vaccination mandate) today – the first law passed by the new Ampelkoalition (f, traffic light coalition)!. This affects first and foremost die Pflegekräfte (caregivers) in places like nursing homes and…

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