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German Idioms 34: New Beginnings Posted by on Jan 21, 2022

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It’s a new year! Perhaps you have devised some gute Vorsätze fürs neue Jahr (m, New Year’s resolutions) to finally get fit, wake up earlier, take up your weekends to truly rest, or finally do those trips you wanted to go on. We like doing this at the beginning of the year, as it’s a new Anfang (m…

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Sayings + Expressions 20: Good Luck! Posted by on Dec 27, 2018

Welcome to this year’s last Sayings + Expressions! At the end of the year, we look back at the last twelve months, and look forward to the next. Of course, we want the next year to be (even) better! The Germans have their ways of expressing this. Let’s find out how! For older posts, please follow…

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Christmas & New Year In Untranslatable German Words Posted by on Dec 19, 2018

Guten Tag and, since it’s almost time, Frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas)! Weihnachten (Christmas) and Neujahr (New Year) is the time of the year when people experience a whole range of emotions, from excitement over receiving presents to annoyance about being in the company of certain family members, from feeling nostalgic and reflective about the year…

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Will You Get Lucky In 2018? Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

It is 2018, a new year! That not only means setting new year’s resolutions and goals, but it also means wishing people a happy new year, and wishing each other luck. How? Find out.  Frohes neues! 1. Ich/Wir wünsche(n) viel Glück und Erfolg im neuen Jahr! I/We wish good luck and success in the new year!…

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Reflecting & Setting Goals In German Posted by on Jan 10, 2018

Guten Tag, und gutes neues Jahr (hello, and happy new year!)! Are you the kind of person who likes looking back on the year just gone, and looking forward to the year ahead? I know I definitely am! On Silvester (New Year’s Eve) I sat and wrote in my Tagebuch (diary) about what I’ve felt…

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The Swiss Silvesterklaus Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

Guten Tag und Prosit Neujahr! Hope you’ve all had a good rest and had a fantastic start to 2018! In my last post I talked about the origins of the German word for New Year’s Eve: Silvester. I also mentioned the Swiss character known as Silvesterklaus. Today I’d like to tell you a little more…

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Why do Germans call New Year’s Eve ‘Silvester’? Posted by on Dec 29, 2017

Guten Tag! I hope you all had Frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas), that you got to spend time with your Familie (family) and open lots of wonderful Geschenke (presents)! Now there are only a few days left until New Year’s Eve and 2018. If you want to learn about German Christmas and New Year’s customs then…

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