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Baby Naming Laws In Germany Posted by on Apr 29, 2020

Guten Tag! Today I thought we’d look at Germany’s baby naming laws. Firstly, what is a naming law? A naming law places restrictions upon what parents can call their children. These differ from country to country, with some countries having more relaxed laws than others. For that reason, I thought it would be interesting to…

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German Placeholders: Names Posted by on Jun 19, 2019

Guten Tag! We briefly touched on German placeholders in this post, about the words Krimskrams (stuff, junk) and Dingsbums (thingy, thingymajig). Now we’re going to look at lots more placeholders in German, starting with German names. A placeholder is a generic word you use in place of a real word. This might be because you…

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German Surnames & Their Meanings Posted by on May 16, 2018

If I were to ask you to think of a German surname, what would be the first one to come to mind? Schmidt, maybe? Stein? In this post I will show you some of the most popular German surnames, give you their meanings, and provide some general information about German surnames, too. Let’s get started…

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German First Names: Then & Now Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

Guten Tag! Today I thought I’d cover the interesting topic of German Vornamen (first names). When you think of German names, which ones spring immediately to mind? Helga? Hermann? Greta? These are classic examples of stereotypical German names – but are babies still given these names in Germany today? In this post I’ll give the…

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Vocabulary for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 5, 2015

Guten tag! Valentine’s Day is coming up and so I have all the vocabulary you need to get you through the day. Let’s start off with which Geschenke (presents) to buy: Die Schokolade             Chocolate Das Lebkuchen Herz     Gingerbread heart (they also have pet names written on them) Der Blumenstrauss       A bunch of flowers Die Rosen                  …

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