Tag Archive: germany

Being a softy – German-style

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We all know Germans can be pretty direct at times. And so can their language. That’s why we’ve created a list of funny German words which are used to describe somone who’s a… Read More

O’zapft is!

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Let the fun begin! Oktoberfest 2012 has started and despite the dreadful weather (“Unwetter”) we’re having today, thousands of guests were already queueing outside the tents at 7am just to get a table.… Read More

Why you should never queue in Germany

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Image via Photobucket.  Despite being kings of punctuality, ze Germans still have a little to learn about queueing… You know how Brits are world champions when it comes to standing in line? They… Read More

Batman costumes banned in German cinemas

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It’s hard to discuss the new Batman movie without being reminded of the recent horrifying massacre in Colorado. Even in Germany, cinemas are now increasing security measures (‘Sicherheitsvorkehrungen’ / ’Sicherheitsmaßnahmen’ /’Schutzvorkehrungen’ – you… Read More

Siebenschläfer – seven weeks of stormy summer ahead

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Image © earthshots.org Who says conversations about the weather are not worth having? If you’re a fan of weather lores, you might be interested to know that today is the first day of ‘Siebenschläfer’… Read More

‘Schon GEZahlt?’ To deal or not to deal with German TV licenses

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Image © Reckmann Caution: post may include a few ridiculously long German words! If you live in Germany and have registered at the ‚Kreisverwaltungreferat’ (Department of district administration – why make 4 words if… Read More

Know your German colours

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Time to brighten up this rainy week with some spring-like photos of Germany and Austria and a few German expressions related to colours. Let’s see how many you’re familiar with! –          Gelb vor… Read More

No country for dust & dirt – Germans like it clean

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Image © http://relativity.manyhadrons.com If you’ve lived in a German flat share, you might have used an orderly cleaning rota (‘Putzplan’) to know who’s doing what or who’s not done their part in the… Read More

Typisch Deutsch (typical German)?

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Image © Bonner Weihnachtsmarkt Those among us who have been in Germany for a while will have become accustomed to some typical German habits and characteristics. Of course, there are the famous stereotypes that… Read More

Bavaria on a shoestring – but how long for?

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  (image via Matthew Black, CC License)  Ever travelled around Bavaria by rail? If so, you’ll have probably come across the Bayern Ticket: €29, five passengers, one day, all Regional Express (i.e. slow)… Read More