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About YG Guest Blogger

YG Guest Bloggers are bloggers and writers who write the occasional post for our site. If you have something you'd like to say about your experiences in Germany and would like to become a YG Guest Blogger, then send us an email at team[AT]young-germany[DOT]de.

Birthdays in Germany // Geburtstag in Deutschland

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Wahrscheinlich feiert man den Geburtstag sehr ähnlich auf der ganzen Welt. Familie, Freunde und Kuchen gehören überall dazu. Aber es gibt ein paar Sachen in Deutschland, die für mich anders sind.

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7 Ways to Meet Germans // 7 Wege um Deutsche kennen zu lernen

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

It can be hard to make friends no matter where you live.  Photo copyright dpa

It can be hard to make friends no matter where you live. Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Letztes Mal habe ich erwähnt, dass es manchmal in Deutschland schwer ist, Kontakt mit den Leuten zu bekommen. Hier eine Liste von Aktivitäten, die auf jeden Fall das soziale Spektrum erweitern wird.

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On German Friendship // Über die deutsche Freundlichkeit

by Jhonatan Ceballos Serna

Friendship.  Photo copyright dpa

Friendship. Photo copyright dpa

Our blogs are usually in English–we want people who haven’t had the chance to learn German to be able to learn about life in Germany–but in cooperation with Study-In.de, we are going to share a series of blogs written in German.  Because we know some of you would really like to get some more practice.  So give this post, written by a Colombian student in Germany, a try and let us know how it goes in the comments!  Happy reading.

Es ist schwer Deutsche kennen zu lernen oder eine Freundschaft mit einem Deutschen zu schließen. Wir alle haben davon gehört, es wahrscheinlich selbst erlebt. Ich weiß , dass es auch anders gehen kann. Vorurteile sind keine Regeln. Ich will nur meine Gedanken mitteilen, über die Gründe, warum viele Ausländer so einen Eindruck bekommen.

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FIFA World Cup 2014: The Cup Has a Song

by Danya Gutierrez Gonzalez

Ricky Martin while filming his video of VIDA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Photo copyright dpa

Ricky Martin while filming his video of VIDA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo copyright dpa

Danya is one of the team of World Cup bloggers you will find on Young Germany this summer talking about the biggest soccer event of the year.  Today she has some thoughts about this year’s World Cup song.

I know that the world cup is a little far ahead yet, but the other day I was watching TV, and I remembered a TV spot with Ricky Martin that was on the air a few months ago.  I don’t know if all of you were aware that Ricky was announcing Supersong–a contest to pick the official song for the World Cup.

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Visiting Germany: An Australian in Berlin

by Mark Tomich

Brandenburg Gate.  Photo copyright dpa

Brandenburg Gate. Photo copyright dpa

Today’s guest post comes from an Australian fellow who spent some time in Germany and wanted to share his impressions.  You can finding him on Twitter @TomMark84.  Take it away Mark!

For a city perhaps best known for a wall, Berlin did not strike me as the most exhilarating of destinations for my latest overseas jaunt. As far as I was concerned, it meant cold weather, pretzels (of which I’m not the biggest fan), and stern-faced locals without much of a sense of humour.

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Berlinale Recap: Parade of Golden Bears with Surprises

Copyright: Morten Vejlgaard Just

Copyright: Morten Vejlgaard Just

Berlin a-glitter: This year – fortunately – political correctness did not dominate the scene
(Photo: Morten Vejlgaard Just)

17 February 2014
German food stands, Danish nymphomaniacs, Austrian gentlemen and an American scoop – the Berlinale offered its visitors an unexceptional international potpourri. The tone was set by the far eastern imports. By Morten Vejlgaard Just

“The Golden Bear for Best Film goes to …” Jury chair, producer James Schamus from the USA, makes a dramatic pause before relieving the tension in the auditorium: “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” ‘Well, sure,’ I think to myself. ‘Of course, the winner of the Golden Bear is a surprise – no one anticipated it.’

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Goldener Bär für den chinesischen Film „Black Coal, Thin Ice“

Die Preise der Berlinale sind verteilt: Wes Anderson und Alain Resnais gewinnen Silberne Bären. Der große Preis des Festivals geht nach China, in die Hände der Produzenten von „Black Coal, Thin Ice“.

Black Coal, Thin Ice. Pressefoto

Black Coal, Thin Ice. Pressefoto

Eine weitere Berlinale geht mit der Verteilung der Bären unter den Teilnehmern des Wettbewerbsprogramms zu Ende. Der große Preis des Abends – Der Goldene Bär – geht an den chinesischen Film Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice). Der dritte Spielfilm des Regisseurs Diao Yinan handelt – in Anlehnung an die Klassiker des Genres – von einem Ex-Polizisten und einer Femme fatale.Wes Anderson bekam für den amüsanten Film The Grand Budapest Hotel den Silbernen Bären als Großen Preis der Jury. Alain Resnais wiederum gewann im Alter von 92 Jahren mit seinem Aimer, boire et chanter – einer Adaptation eines Theaterstückes von Alan Ayckbourn, den Silbernen Bären für einen Spielfilm, der „neue Perspektiven eröffnet“.

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