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About Nicolette Stewart

Nicolette Stewart is a freelance writer based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She discusses books at www.bookpunks.com and life in Germany and tiny houses at www.clickclackgorilla.com. Find her on Twitter @bookpunks

Learn German With Music

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Combine youtube with music videos and language learning.  Mix.  And *bam* you have Lyrics Training.  I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills.  Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.

Geek Mädel, an Aussie expat blogger, drew my attention to the service in her own quest to master the German language.  And off I went to try it out.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Rabbits, Music

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

So is Berlin in or out this week?

“Berlin became the place to be. Old-school Berliners were bewildered and, I must admit, I didn’t join in the raging aggressiveness towards every single change, I was a bit worried. The city, at least to me, had been a stargate to a utopian dimension. You could feel that history had had taken another course here. Its environment and inhabitants hadn’t been infected by the fever of globalisation and consumeristic craving. The German capital was a small loophole in the West’s capitalist system. Things I had only heard about from my older friends, such as underground movements – which in Italy were long-time dead, or had been absorbed by a fashion industry which repackaged them and tossed them to the masses – here were still thiriving in their original forms. Berlin was cool because “she” was the anti-cool. Then, she became glamorous and lost some of her charm. Gradually, she became less unique, less radical. She was slowly letting herself be undermined by imported trends, swayed by a progress which didn’t always mean improvement.” Read more on überlin.

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Wordless Wednesday: Let’s talk…GERMAN

Lass uns reden CD Lass uns reden CDWhy are these CDs so interesting? Because they were designed to help you learn German by listening to music, and we are giving away 12 copies on Young Germany right now. Enter to win here.

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The Week in Germany: Expat Life, Getting a Job at a Start-Up, Studying in Germany

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

Expat life: Going “home” for the holidays is stressful

As in, going on a trip to visit all of your family at breakneck speed is not a holiday.

“Going home* (i.e. going to our birth countries) is important to us to reconnect with our families and friends and for our children to get to know them, learn about the places their parents come from and learn the languages. Yet, going home is not a holiday. It is not a vacation. It is not like sitting on a beach in Florida or like visiting Barcelona for a weekend.” Read more here.

How to work at a start up

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The Week in Germany: German Unis, Berlin, and Northern Summers

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

Berlin Berlin and Berlin

I Heart Berlin has put together a list of Berlin’s lakes for all those melting in the heat wave who want to cool off with a dip int he water. They also put together a post with photos from the movie Men & Chicken which was filmed, in part in Refugium Beelitz. Speaking of abandoned sites, Abandoned Berlin is having a book launch party together with Slow Travel Berlin. Details on the event are here.

The reality of German uni life

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