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Der Apfel: The German Apple Posted by on Mar 30, 2022


Guten Tag! Today we’re going to look Germany’s best-loved fruit, how it’s celebrated, and some German/Austrian food and drinks that use it. Let’s take a closer look at der Apfel – the apple! „Ein Apfel am Tag hält den Doktor fern“ “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” We all know that apples are…

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Hamsterkauf: German Panic Buying! Posted by on Mar 16, 2022


Guten Tag! Today we’re going to talk about a German word that emerged as a result of the pandemic- or did it? The word in question is der Hamsterkauf. Recently I wrote a post on words that’ve emerged to describe life during the Covid-19 pandemic (die Pandemie: pandemic). You can read this here, if you’re…

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What’s the difference between the German Hähnchen and Hühnchen? Posted by on Feb 24, 2022

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We have a confusing situation on German menus: Sometimes, you encounter die Hühnerbrust (chicken breast), other times it’s der Hähnchenbraten (chicken roast). But what is the difference between Hühnchen and Hähnchen? Are they used interchangeably, or should you be careful which one to use? Here’s all you need to know about these curious German words. Click here for more posts…

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How Corn Flakes Conquered the German Language Posted by on Nov 11, 2021

Cornflakes, curious words, curiosity, corn flakes

First a breakfast favorite in the States, then spread all over the world: Corn flakes! Created by the Kellog brothers, the light breakfast ahs seen many varieties. In the US, these are widely known as “cereal”, or “breakfast cereal”. But how do you translate that to German? Maybe you simply don’t… Here’s the curiosity of…

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A Sample Of German: Das Kostehäppchen Posted by on Sep 1, 2021


Guten Tag! Today we’re going to look at a quirky German word, das Kostehäppchen. We will look at its meaning, how to use it, the breakdown of the word itself, and some alternative/related words you may also find useful! What is das Kostehäppchen? Simply put, a Kostehäppchen is a small sample of food you get…

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What Cake Can Teach Us About Germany (Part 2!) Posted by on Aug 12, 2020

Guten Tag! This is the second in a two-part series on one of my favourite subjects: Cake (der Kuchen in German)- specifically, German cakes with interesting, often place-specific, names. We will look at why those cakes are named the way they are, and learn a little language, culture and history in the process. So, as…

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A Delicious German Tradition: Kaffee und Kuchen! Posted by on Jun 12, 2020

It’s time for Kaffee und Kuchen! Every Sunday, usually, Germans come together for Kaffee (coffee) and Kuchen (cake). What does this tradition look like, how do you do it right? And where does it come from? Let’s have a entspannten (relaxing) look! Noch ein Stück? It’s Sonntag (Sunday), and you’re invited by your friend to come to their home for Kaffee und Kuchen in…

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