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Curious German Words: Die K-Frage Posted by on Apr 29, 2021

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Like I wrote in a previous post, Germany is going through a Superwahljahr (n, “Super election year”, a year with many regional and national elections). A year like that comes with its own lingo, of course. Let’s look at a word that was pretty relevant this past week in this regard: Die K-Frage (f, the K-question). Mysterious, right? Laschet…

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Don’t Let It Confuse You! – Stall Posted by on Oct 15, 2020

In this series, we look at words that exist in English, but have a completely different meaning in German, so-called false friends. But we also look at words that sound or look deceivingly similar. Today, we look at a word that really means something else than you might think – Stall! For previous posts in this…

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Interesting German Places: Olympiapark, Munich Posted by on May 15, 2019

Guten Tag! It can be fascinating to learn the history behind seemingly ordinary buildings and places. Today we’ll look at one such place, namely the Olympiapark in Munich. Olympiapark The Olympiapark München (Olympic Park, Munich) is a huge venue in Oberwiesenfeld. Originally created for die Olympische Sommerspiele 1972 (1972 Summer Olympic Games), it is used…

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Dirk Nowitzki Ends His Career Posted by on Apr 16, 2019

Dirk Nowitzki – an established name in the world of basketball. On April 9, he suddenly announced the end of his basketball Karriere (career). Read all about this German Wunderkind (prodigy) in this post, and learn some German along the way. Der Beste Aller Zeiten 21 Jahre lang hat Dirk Nowitzki die Basketballplätze der Welt unsicher…

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How the Germans cope with their World Cup Elimination Posted by on Jun 29, 2018

On Wednesday, Germany lost the match against South Korea in the Football World Cup in Russia. The Weltmeister (world champion) had high hopes, everybody had faith that they would do a good job. But now, they ended last in their Gruppe (group), and are ausgeschieden (eliminated) already. But how do the Germans cope with this Blamage (humiliation)? Das Spiel The Spiel (game) itself was not…

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Swiss National Sports: Steinstoßen Posted by on Nov 9, 2017

All countries have some sport that has some tradition, or that is extremely popular. The United States, for example, has American football, baseball and basketball. Brazil and Germany have football/soccer, the British have rugby and cricket, the Canadians ice hockey… But what about the Swiss? There are actually three national sports. And I have never…

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Swiss National Sports: Hornussen Posted by on Oct 27, 2017

All countries have some sport that has some tradition, or that is extremely popular. The United States, for example, has American football, baseball and basketball. Brazil and Germany have football/soccer, the British have rugby and cricket, the Canadians ice hockey… But what about the Swiss? There are actually three national sports. And I have never…

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