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The German Nightmare Posted by on Jun 6, 2015

Guten Tag! Today I’m going to talk a little about der Schlaf (sleep) or, more specifically, nightmares. The reason I wanted to write this post is because someone sent me music by the German band Nachtmahr (‘Nightmare’) the other day. I have always known the German word for nightmare to be der Alptraum, so I…

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Untranslatable German Words: Der Geisterfahrer Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Guten Tag! Here’s another little German language lesson in the form of an untranslatable German word – and today there are a few other words thrown in for good measure. Today’s word is Der Geisterfahrer. Before I tell you what this word means, here are some similar-looking words, along with their meanings. You will see…

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The German wimp: A broad definition Posted by on Jul 13, 2014

Guten Tag, and wilkommen to another post on untranslatable German words. This week I want to talk about a word that I didn’t know until last week, when a customer at work told me about “this German word that means you park in the shade”. He thought it was hilarious, but he couldn’t remember exactly…

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The German culture of cleanliness: Putzfimmel and Kehrwoche Posted by on Jul 6, 2014

Everyone I know who’s been to Germany has commented on what a clean country it is. Germany is stereotyped as being clean, anyway – although how much of this is a stereotype, and how much of it is the simple truth? There are two words in the German language that suggest Germany has a culture…

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Untranslatable German Words: Teil 2 Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

Guten Tag, and wilkommen to week 2 of my series of posts on ‘untranslatable’ German words! In this series of posts I talk about one or more German words that there is no direct translation for in English. In my first post on this topic, I suggested that the reason for this was to do…

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