Category Archives: German Culture

The Week in Germany: Berlin in 24 Hours, German Customer Service, and Dirndl Advice

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Job interviews in Germany when your German is still a work in progress.

Heather in Deutschland had an interview entirely auf Deutsch.  How did it go?  Well, she can tell it best right over here.

Is Berlin in 24 hours even possible?

Well, apparently.  Fotostrasse has a guide for those with only a spot of time to spend in Germany’s capital.

“You just got here and you’re lost with so many places to see but not enough time to actually go. I’ll post some of the main attractions together with some history and a personal points of view, so you can see Berlin through the eyes of an expatiate and have the best of both worlds: the tourist and the local.”  Read the entire guide here.

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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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The Week in Germany: Expat Meetups, Dresden, Luminale, Words

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Is there a difference between being a military family and an expat?

And does it matter?  I hover between the exact meanings of words meaning EVERYTHING and nothing at all, ho-hum, is there anything else on?

Am I an expat?  Immigrant would probably be more appropriate.  Expat always sounds so fleeting, and I am in Germany for good.  Do we need to have labels for all the different kinds of foreigners living in a country?  Are these labels more exclusive than inclusive?  From Casinos to Castles got a discussion going on the topic with her contraversial post Sorry Military Families, You’re Not Expats.  I don’t know if I agree or disagree, but it is an interesting discussion.

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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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Expat Life: My Oktoberfest

 by Deanna H

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Photo courtesy From Casinos to Castles

Welcome to a little version of Flashback Friday on the blog today…except that its Monday.  Oh well. With it being that time of year and seeing so many posts making me reminiscent of past events and great times, I decided to share when I went to Oktoberfest here in Germany. To do that we have to go back to 2009, and we also don’t travel to Munich. What??? Yep. I have never been to the Oktoberfest  in Munich, but I did have the opportunity to go to a local celebration with some great friends.

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Change and the Fizzy Water Hypocrisy

Fizzy water

Photo copyright dpa

As wunderbar as Savlon Spray Plaster, Nurofen, Lucozade, and tea are, time is the greatest healer of them all. Everything changes over time, most especially us.

It’s 2014, a few months into a new year, and whether we intend for it or not, this year will change us. Some might stick to their resolutions more resolutely than others but in any case, in (give or take) 365 days time, we will all be slightly different people.

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