Tag Archives: The German Language

The Week in Germany: Morrissey, German, Sexy Berlin, & Sexy Bremen

Photo from Gratisography

Photo from Gratisography

Morrissey came to Germany.

And then he had to run away because fans were storming the stage at his concert in Essen.

That crazy German language.

“A great example of a simple little word in German is Reißverschlussverfahren. OK, maybe not simple or little but a typical word nonetheless. It is what’s known as a compound word. That’s the easy part.”  Laptops and Lederhosen takes a look at this German word.

Berlin: “It’s complicated.”  (But still sexy, dammit.)

In order to prove it, iHeartBerlin have compiled a list of Berlin’s sexiest sexy places here.

Is Bremen awesome?

Yes, it is.  Oh My God, My Wife Is German will tell you why.

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Reading in German: A Blog Hop and a Read Along

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So guys.  This week in Frankfurt books are taking over the city.  Book Fair Week.  It’s my absolute favorite.  To celebrate, this month’s blog hop is all about books and reading (or trying to) in German and in Germany.  There are several ways to join in, so gather ’round and listen up.

Firstly, you can write a post about reading in German.  So this could be a book review of a German book, or the tragic tale of your attempts to read something more complex than See Spot Run.  It could be a rant about finding English-language books in German book stores. (Or, you know, about how the covers are printed in the opposite direction of English books, thus RUINING YOUR ENTIRE BOOKSHELF. Ehem.)  It could even be a story about trying to make a recipe from a German cook book.  If a book or reading is involved, we’re game.

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The Awful German Language: An Expat Bloggers Blog Hop

Gutaussehender Geschäftsmann drückt die JA Taste auf einen virtuellen Schirm

If there were an award for “person who hates the German language the loudest,” Mark Twain would have won it.  No one has satirized the German language quite as hilariously before or since.  As he says:

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German Reflections: Nix Besonderes

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“The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.”  -Abraham Lincoln.

Sometimes you encounter very questionable sources on the internet. In every other lecture they feel the need to remind us not to quote Wikipedia in our essays (as if I’d be so dumb to admit to using Wiki – oh wait), and generally there is just something a lot more believable about having documents in print form. But no matter what anyone says, the internet is a great source of information, be it for essays or entertainment. I spend a significant proportion of “the commute” on sites scrolling through a mixture of cat pictures, memes, and inspirational quotes. I’m a sucker for all the deep and meaningful stuff, sometimes they’re what get me through the day. The other day I literally “stumbled upon” one of those superimposed texts over a blurry backdrop and because the word was German, or phoney German at least, it stuck with me.

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Learning German: Bavarian Dialects

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Liv Hambrett is an Australian expat living in Germany.  Visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or buy a copy of Sincere Forms of Flattery, an anthology that includes her work.

And I am back to not understanding a single word of what is going on around me. I feel like I have rewound back to 2010, when I landed in Münster with three words of German – danke, bitte and polizei – and existed in perpetual terror the bus driver was going to want to say something to me over the speaker and I wouldn’t understand it (which happened, often. I still have the irrational feeling bus drivers will call me out in front of the whole bus based on a few consecutive Münster experiences.)

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The German Language: My Top Ten Words

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Photo copyright dpa/photo alliance

German is such a brilliantly mis-represented language. How a language with words like Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän could be considered long-winded or aggressive is just beyond me.. sie ist doch so ‘ne schöne Sprache.

Here are my top ten favorites:

1. Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services. (79 characters.. woah!)

2. Kummerspeck

Noun for weight gained from emotional over-eating. Literally: grief bacon. (Awesome)

3. Mauerbauertraurigkeit

The inexplicable urge to push people away.  Literally; wall-builder-sadness.

4. Kühlschrank

Fridge. Literally: cold wardrbobe. (Makes sense.)

5. Weltschmerz

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The Week in Germany: Flooding, Forgery, and Feminism

Flooding in Regensburg.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Flooding in Regensburg. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Flooding continues

As you’ve probably heard by now, the rain Germany has been seeing in the past month has caused a lot of flooding.  And it isn’t over yet.

“The clean-up has begun along the upper reaches of the Elbe River near Dresden. At the same time, further down river, beyond Wittenberge in Brandenburg, people are still waiting for the floods to reach their peak, hoping it will not be quite as bad as in 2002, and that the levees reinforced after that major flood will hold.”  Read the rest of the article here.

Meanwhile in Berlin

The German government has ok-ed 8 billion Euros to help flood victims.

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