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Ten German Love Songs

Songs can help language learners master a new language. But what about the language of love? These ten songs should help you with both.

Which song is your favorite? Is there a German love song we should have included on the list? Tell us in the comments!

Liebe by Sido

Für immer Immer by Fettes Brot

Liebe ist alles by Rosenstolz

Ich werde dich lieben by Rio Reiser

Weil es Liebe ist by 2RaumWohnung

Tag am Meer by Die Fantastischen Vier

Weus’d A Herz Hast Wia A Bergwerk by Rainhard Fendrich

Wenn das Liebe ist by Glashaus

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The Week in Germany: WWII Fiction, Winter in Bavaria, Empty Houses, & Difficult German Words

Photo: Gratisography

Photo: Gratisography

I can’t stand reading fiction about World War II.

Can you?  Over on Book Punks, I talk about why living in Germany has turned me away from fiction about the war

“When the hype for Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was going around, I found myself forced to confront a new wall in my reading tastes, an allergy of sorts. I can’t read fiction about World War II. I don’t want to read fiction about World War II. Get that shit away from me—what are you kidding?—gross.

“It is a result of living in Germany. I have been here for almost ten years now, and I can’t recall a single day in recent memory when World War II didn’t come up. Let’s look at one week in the life.” Read more here.

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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 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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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Berlin, Dogs, Visas, Etc

Berlin's East Side Gallery.  Photo copyright dpa

Berlin’s East Side Gallery. Photo copyright dpa

In case you need some fodder for your street art festish.

Leather and Abel went on a Berlin graffiti tour and took pictures and will tell you all about it right here.

Or for your abandoned buildings fetish.

An abandoned bowling alley!?  How weird and creepy and cool.  Check out stories and photos here.

Germany loves dogs.

And so does Berlin.  But everything that Fotostrasse say about dogs in Berlin applies to most of the rest of the country as well.  (The generals, obviously, not the specifics.)

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Learning German: Finding Freedom in a Foreign Language

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Sometimes I’m more at ease speaking German than English, as if you can hide behind it or something. It not being my first language allows for misunderstandings, and not necessarily just linguistic ones. Furthermore, I’ve learnt to be assertive, in German. I said that was one of the typical German characteristics I’d love to pick up on during my year abroad but I really didn’t think it could happen. Somehow though, it has.

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Learning German: Bavarian Dialects

Key in door

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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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