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Was passiert in Deutschland? – What’s up in Germany? Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Language, Uncategorized

Although there is no top news from Germany these days, I want to give you an overview of what is happening over here and what people have to deal with. Mixed with a little vocabulary training, this should help you to be up to date considering German affairs.

Benedikt  XVI. tritt zurück (resigns). Although this is a global matter, especially Germans are discussing this Thema (topic) because Benedikt XVI. alias Joseph Ratzinger was born in Germany and therefore a lot of German Christians were Stolz (proud) to have a German pope. And of course, the first Gerüchte (rumors) about possible successors are  planted.

Positive Reaktionen (reactions) on President Obama´s speech. To tighten Waffengesetze (laws on arms) for example encounters great Zustimmung (acceptance) in Germany.

2013 is a Wahljahr (election year) in Germany. The Bundestagswahl (elections for the Bundestag) will take place in September. That´s why the political parties already start their Wahlkampf (election campaigns). For me it often feels like a TV show (America´s got talent for example). So political Inhalt (content) is mostly missing. Nevertheless you can be curious about the result since there have been many political changes in the “Länder” the last years.

The British scandal about horse meat seems to hit Germany as well. Meat that has been  declared as Rindfleisch (beef) turns out to be horse meat. First Beweise (evidence) has been found and a famous supermarket chain is pulling back some verdächtige (ominous) products.

Kalte Tage (Chilly days). Since a couple of days, temperatures didn´t reach 0°C. Snow and ice are dominating the weather.

Since today, the Faschingszeit (carnival time) is over in Germany. With the Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) all festivals, parades and parties are over and life goes back to normal. For many people the Fastenzeit (fasting period) starts today and ends around Easter.

Some vocabulary used in this post:
zurücktreten – to resign
das Thema – topic
Stolz auf etwas sein – to be proud of sth.
die Raktion – reaction
das Gerücht – rumor
das Waffengesetz – law on arms
die Zustimmung – acceptance
die Bundestagswahl – elections for the Bundestag
der Wahlkampf – election campaign
der Inhalt – content
das Rindfleisch – beef
der Beweis – eveidence
verdächtig – ominous
kalt – chilly
Faschingszeit – carnival time
Aschermittwoch – Ash Wednesday

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My name is Jan and I live in the south west of Germany. My profession is being a project manager at a company that creates digital media (first of all internet related things). This is my job since over a decade so I´m quite familiar with the web and its tools. Whereat today almost every school kid does. But that´s one of the main reasons why nowadays there are quasi no more limits in the internet and so it can be used for all imaginable types of things. For example learning languages! And that´s where we are at the moment. I first got in touch with Transparent Language when my family and I used to live in France a couple of years ago. I just had a break from work and by coincidence I produced some cultural videos in French. A few months later the whole blogging thing came up and I was lucky to be a part of it. So now my (second) job is to feed you with information, exercises, vocabulary, grammar and stories about Germany and German language. For being a passionate videographer I´m trying to do this more and more by videos. If you have any wishes or needs of topics that should be treated here, please don´t hesitate to contact me via a comment field. I´m open to your suggestions (as long as they are not too individual) and will try to satisfy your needs.


  1. Richard Wetterer:

    Vielen Dank für Deinen Blog. Ich finde es sehr interessant. Wo wohnst Du in Sudwestern Deutschland? Meine Familie ist 1852 von Ichenheim und Friesenheim ausgewandert. Ich hoffe nächstes Jahr in Deutschland zu reisen und Ichenheim besuchen.

    Richard Wetterer