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Take It Easy and Learn German! Posted by on Jul 17, 2016

There are many ways to learn a language, but German is sometimes hard to start with. Fortunately, there are initiatives such as Leichte Sprache, which can make things a lot easier. Read on! “(1) Hält ein Gericht ein Gesetz, auf dessen Gültigkeit es bei der Entscheidung ankommt, für verfassungswidrig, so ist das Verfahren auszusetzen und, wenn…

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Truly Grimm: German Fairytales Posted by on Mar 11, 2016

Guten Tag! Most people will have heard of die Brüder Grimm (the Brothers Grimm) and their Märchen (fairy tales). Perhaps you’ll have read a few of them, or seen the Disney adaptations of these gruesome stories. But who exactly were these famous German brothers, and what is it like reading their fairy tales in German?…

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10 German Proverbs and Their Meanings Posted by on Jun 23, 2015

I got inspiration for this post from a comment on an earlier post of mine Useful Vocabulary for Everyday Life in Germany  asking if I could translate a German proverb. Here are 10 common German proverbs, some of them you might recognise in English, and some not!   Wer im Glashaus sitzt sollte nicht mit…

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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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Vocabulary for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 5, 2015

Guten tag! Valentine’s Day is coming up and so I have all the vocabulary you need to get you through the day. Let’s start off with which Geschenke (presents) to buy: Die Schokolade             Chocolate Das Lebkuchen Herz     Gingerbread heart (they also have pet names written on them) Der Blumenstrauss       A bunch of flowers Die Rosen                  …

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Bernhard Schlink: Der Vorleser (The Reader) Posted by on Oct 18, 2014

Germany’s role in the Holocaust in World War II is still firmly fixed in the minds of many people around the world. For a long time, the occurrences had been placed under a taboo. Silence was considered to be an appropriate modality of Entnazifizierung (denazification) in both parts of divided Germany. Only gradually Opfer (victims)…

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Sayings + Expressions 6: The Ground and the Sun Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

Liebe Leser, Today again a saying and an expression. If you are down, because something struck you, and you do not know how life is supposed to be nice again… Remember the saying and expression below! Auf Regen folgt Sonnenschein Rainfall is followed by sunshine (every cloud has a silver lining) This one is based on…

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