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My 10 Favorite German Words

by Wandering Kim

German as a foreign language dictionary.  Photo copyright dpa

German as a foreign language dictionary. Photo copyright dpa

I recently returned to Germany for the first time since moving and it felt as if I never left. I was speaking German, indulging myself in good food, and surrounded by familiar brands and sights. Even though I haven’t missed speaking German, it felt good to know I could still carry a conversation in a foreign language – especially since my command of Dutch is non-existent. To honor what Mark Twain eloquently described as “the awful German language,” here are my 10 favorite words (in no particular order):

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Back to Berlin…and BEYOND (and a giveaway)

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Ebe from Back to Berlin…and BEYOND here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Erotica, and Some Other Random Stuff

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we'll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Nice try Frankfurt Book Fair, but we think we’ll just keep writing both. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart, taken at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Have you assimilated yet?

Gone native?  Become German? At Germany, Ja, they say they’ll tell you.  Right here.  I’m not entirely sure I would fill the list with the same items though, if I had written it.  Except for number 13: “You don’t have a flat sheet on your bed anymore, just a duvet and cover.”  Yup, I’m thoroughly Germanized in that respect.

Erotica at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Apparently Fifty Shades of Grey has everybody clamoring for the stuff.

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German Cuisine: Pigs, Pork, and Luck

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

When it comes to pigs, there is no beating around the bush: as much as I want to dispel the idea that German food is nothing but pork and sausage, I must acknowledge that there indeed is a longstanding and intimate relationship between Germans and their pigs.

With a per capita amount of 87 pounds per year, pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. Consumption is decreasing slightly every year, and the meat industry has a nervous eye on this development. But let’s be realistic: Germans won’t turn into a nation of vegetarians. Poultry, beef, fish and seafood have a long way to go to catch up with pork – even with their numbers added up, their overall consumption is less than pork. That Germans keep filling their plates with pork is of vital economic interest, as Germany produces more pork than it consumes. The country is the biggest exporter of pork in the European Union.

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Wordless Wednesday: Cro

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

In case you don’t know who Cro is:

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Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Berlin This Autumn

by Marta Lopez

Photo copyright dpa

Photo copyright dpa

Surrounded by hundreds of creative industries and cultural institutions, Berlin is one of those cities where there is always something left to watch, visit and feel. This autumn brings an important event to the cultural calendar: The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Therefore those who fancy a cultural trip to the German capital will be in luck. Art, cinema and photography will be some of the highlights of the season.

“Magic Rooms & Contemplatio”: The Art of Contemplation

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Day Two at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Another day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, another slew of bright and beautiful images.  But books weren’t the only highlights; new technology that combines reading on the page with tablet and computer add-ons, e-books, print-on-demand were just a few of the things on display that are pointing to the potential new tech will bring to reading in the future.

“Book publishers are expanding the scope of their opportunities to the maximum. They are experimenting with content and technologies, and that spirit of invention pervades the Book Fair,” said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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