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Successful Germans at the 2022 Winter Olympics! Posted by on Feb 11, 2022

Sports Olympics Olympiade German WInter Olympics

Currently, the Olympischen Winterspiele (Winter Olympic Games) are in full force. While there is contention around them, and plenty of countries decided not to participate due to a host of reasons, Germany did end up sending a delegation. Here’s how Germany’s been doing so far, and some vocabulary for you to understand the Winterolympiade (Winter Olympics) in…

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Open Water Swimming: German Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 21, 2021

open water swimming

Guten Tag! Last week, we explored some swimming vocabulary, including the names of different areas of a swimming pool, and types of swimming (breast stroke, front crawl, etc.). This week, we’re taking it outdoors and exploring Freiwasserschwimmen (open water swimming) and the famous Wim Hof Method that involves Eisbaden (ice bathing)! Wer ist Wim Hof?…

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German Swimming Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 14, 2021


Guten Tag! Today we’re going to learn some vocabulary for a popular summer activity: das Schwimmen – Swimming! Swimming vocabulary Firstly, here is the verb schwimmen (to swim) in the present tense: Ich schwimme – I swim/am swimming Du schwimmst – You swim/are swimming (informal, singular) Er/sie/es schwimmt He/she/it swims/is swimming Wir schwimmen – We…

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Why The German National Anthem Has Only One Stanza Posted by on Jul 1, 2021

German National Anthem

Two days ago, the German Fußballelf (f, national football team) played England in the Wembley Stadium as part of the Euro 2020. Before the game, each team sings their Nationalhymne (f, national anthem). The German one came on, and despite the booing from some disrespectful fans, they sang their Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit. The Dutch subtitles…

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All German Football Vocabulary You Need Posted by on Jun 17, 2021

Fußball Football Vocabulary

Germany played the current Weltmeister (World Champion) France, and lost. With 1-0, an Eigentor (own goal) by Germany. Whoops. But let’s not give up, there are many more games to come! If you want to get some vocabulary down for the next game, look no further – here’s a list of some essential football vocabulary, so you can follow…

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Euro 2020: Can Germany Win Again? Posted by on Jun 14, 2021

Euro 2020 Germany Munich Stadium

Tomorrow is the day that many have looked forward to for months – Germany plays again as a Nationalmannschaft (f, national team) in the European Football Championship, or short Europameisterschaft. Delayed by a year due to das Coronavirus, the Euro 2020 started a few days ago and runs through July 11. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the…

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

K-Frage Footbal Kanzler Politics K Question

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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