Looking Back: The Best German Posts of 2020 Posted by Sten on Dec 21, 2020 in Culture, Language
2020 has been a weird year. Jahresrückblicke (end-of-year reviews) don’t feel satisfying with the continuing pandemic and just before Christmas many European countries are back in a hard lockdown. What to do with the extra time sitting at home? Perhaps this post will give you plenty to entertain yourself for a while – let’s have our own Jahresrückblick. Here are the 18 most popular posts of 2020 here on the Transparent Language German blog!
What is an alman? In this post, we explored the phenomenon of the Alman and how there is one in every single German…
At the beginning of January, there is still some reviewing to do – one example is the Unwort des Jahres (“Non-Word of the Year”). What was this word in 2019?
We start off the second month of 2020 with an interesting post about the curious German word der Föhn. How are hair dryers related to illness and the Alps? Find out!
If you thought German was already annoying and difficult enough with its different articles, brace for impact. There are some nouns that can be used with more than one article! I guess that does make it easier, but also more confusing… Anyway, check out this post to find out all about it!
In March, we made an overview of the Coronavirus situation in Germany. Spread over three posts, the Corona Chronicles are a reminder of how things were back in spring.
We’re in Germany, so of course we have laws for everything. And baby names won’t get a pass. Curious what you need to consider when naming your baby in Germany? Head over to this post from April.
With water being a prominent companion of all of us this year especially, we looked at idioms in the 28th edition of the Sayings + Expressions series that are related to water. Things “falling in water” and hands washing each other certainly happened disproportionately much this year.
May is the month to remember World War 2 in Europe, as the European theatre came to a close in May, 1945. With 2020 marking the 75th anniversary of these events, there were several special occasions, including in Berlin, where VE-Day was marked as a one-time holiday. Learn about it in this post.
Learning German with language learning apps is one thing, but actually interacting with Germans is quite another. A great way to do so is by checking out (online) communities! We compiled 7 of the best online communities to get in touch with Germans and fellow German language learners.
In June, we looked at the memorial in the Viscardigasse in Munich, a powerful yet subtle memorial in honor of brave people that defied the Nazis.
A very common afternoon habit for many Germans is the Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). All you need to know about this delicious tradition is here!
Also in June, we learnt about the narrowest street in the world that happens to be in Germany in Reutlingen. How narrow is it? And what is is like to walk it?
In the heat of the summer, we all wish for a nice breeze. Open the window, and enjoy the fresh air! In Germany, it is very likely that the window you’re opening is a Drehkippfenster. Behind this scary word is a nifty German invention that has fascinated people from around the world. Don’t believe me? Just read the post!
By August, we had all lived with the Coronavirus for a good number of months. Inevitably, this leads to new words, and this is the post where we present some German COVID vocab.
A quirky rear window dressing for your car, the Wackeldackel is an iconic German item. How dogs with bobbing heads found their way into the backs of German cars you can read in this post.
In an exciting new format, this post tests how finely tuned your knowledge of the German language is. Will you find the mistakes in the text?
In our long-standing series of untranslatable German words, we looked at the Flickenteppich in October and connected it to the policy situation around the coronavirus in Germany. If you are keen to find out how rag rugs and German Bundesländer are related, be sure to read this one!
Fisima-what? A strange German word (one that I, a German, had personally never heard before reading this post!) that is used in everyday circumstances. Such a complicated word, “what nonsense!” one might exclaim – yet that seems to be the point, precisely.
While December does not tally into our most read posts anymore, I think it’s fitting to use this empty month as an opportunity to highlight a recent post about the German Word of the Year 2020. I think we pretty much all know what it is by now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a read!
And with that, the year ends. While 2020 certainly wasn’t our favorite year, we can, I carefully presume, look forward to a better 2021. What was your favorite post of the year? Let me know in the comments below!
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