Election Day in Germany Posted by on Sep 28, 2021

Last Sunday, the 26th of September, was a very big day in Germany. There were three elections and one referendum. When there are these many elections it is called a Superwahljahr (this literally translates to a super-vote-year), which is a whole extra post that you can find here. There was the election for the Berlin…

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Why Germans Find Dropping Crumbs Annoying: Korinthenkacker! Posted by on Sep 23, 2021

Korinthen Currants Korinthenkacker

Have you met those people that really care about what’s technically correct, even if it isn’t all that relevant? You know, whether to use a colon or a dash. Or that it’s technically incorrect to write prepositions at the end of sentences. People you generally don’t want to mess with. Oh sorry, people with whom you generally…

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German City And Countryside Signs Posted by on Sep 22, 2021

Guten Tag! In my last post, I gave you some vocabulary to describe where in the country you are, and what sort of place it is (you can read that post here!). Following on from that post, I thought it’d be useful to include a selection of signs and notices you might come across when…

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How Two Families Escaped to West Germany in a Balloon Posted by on Sep 17, 2021

balloon hot air escape GDR east west germany

It’s September 16, 1979. Germany is still separated in East and West. The Berlin wall has stood for almost 20 years. Germans live and grow up in two very different realities. One communist and supervised by the state, the other capitalist and free. Before the wall, things were easier. Many chose to leave their homes…

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Where In The Country Are You? Posted by on Sep 15, 2021

Guten Tag! I have recently come back from a holiday (der Urlaub), and during the long drive there and back I got to thinking about all the different parts of the country we’d travelled through, and all the signs we’d seen along the way. I wondered if this might be a useful thing for German…

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A German Greeting From the Heart: Moin! Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

moin ostfriesland north Germany

We recently covered the curious greeting from Hamburg Hummel, Hummel – mors, mors! But today, we’ll look into one that is perhaps less curious, but it is a lot more popular: Moin! or sometimes also Moin, moin! What does this word mean, where does it come from, where will you hear it? What does moin mean? German knows many greetings…

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The Story Behind A Strange German Greeting: Hummel, Hummel! Posted by on Sep 3, 2021

Hamburg Hans Hummel Märchen Hummel Hummel Mors Mors

If you’ve wandered the streets of Hamburg, you may have heard a weird greeting. One shouts Hummel Hummel!, and the other will answer mors, mors! And they’ll just move on with their day as if nothing happened. What does that greeting mean, and where does it come from? It’s a cute story, and there is quite some…

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