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A Nifty German Idea: Drehkippfenster Posted by on Jul 24, 2020

In Germany, it’s the hottest time of the year right now. With temperatures up to and sometimes even surpassing 30°C (86°F), there is a real need for frische Luft (fresh air)! A genius German invention that makes this quite easy is the Dreh-Kipp-Fenster (tilt-and-turn window). Americans rave about these Fenster and how amazing they are – so let’s find out…

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The German Staycation Posted by on May 27, 2020

Guten Tag! I hope you’re all well and staying safe during the pandemic (die Pandemie). Here in the UK, restrictions are gradually being eased and, as a result, people have been flocking to the beaches to enjoy the sunny weather. But many are uncomfortable with the amount of people in those public places and are…

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The German Heimat Posted by on Apr 4, 2018

The concept of Heimat is often referred to as a uniquely German concept that cannot be adequately translated – even though it seems like a fairly straight-forward word. On first glance, you see the word das Heim (home) in there, and although Heimat does mean home, this word talks about quite a different concept of…

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German Herbs & Spices Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Guten Tag 🙂 We’ve had a great selection of food-related posts on the blog already, which make great resources for all of you German learners who are also foodies! What we’re honing in on today are the small (but important!) foods – the herbs, spices, and specific ingredients used in baking. I hope you’ll find…

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Richtfest: A German Tradition Posted by on Jun 28, 2017

Hallo! Wie geht’s? Today I’d like to introduce you to a German tradition called Richtfest. I only learnt about this recently, as my parents are having their roof re-done and my mum said she wanted to get some beers for the builders once the roof is finished, “like they do at a Richtfest”. Naturally, I…

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Untranslatable German Words: Der Pantoffelheld Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Guten Tag! Today it’s time for another untranslatable word, in which I share some of the quirkiest, coolest words the German language has to offer – and try (usually fail) to find an identical English version! This time it’s a funny one: Today’s word is der Pantoffelheld. What does der Pantoffelheld mean? Pantoffelheld is used…

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German Garden Vocabulary Posted by on Aug 29, 2016

Guten Tag! Today I’d like to teach you all about German garden vocabulary! We’ve had a great couple of posts on here about what things are called around the home, but nothing really focusing on the garden. As summer is in full swing (finally!) you’re probably spending more time outdoors, so here are the German…

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