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German dialects – Hamburgerisch and Ostfriesisch

  Do you know that feeling? You’ve been learning German for a while. Your vocab is pretty good and when you do any listening exercises you understand (almost) everything. Then you go to Germany and very excitedly you try and eavesdrop on c...

The Autobahn Adventure – an infographic about driving on Germany’s motorways

  Have you ever driven on Germany’s motorways? Are you planning a first holiday in Germany and want to drive? Are you maybe a bit worried about driving on the motorway, the Autobahn? The people from insurance4carhire have made a lovely...

Spring Fever: Why Germans Don’t Feel Frisky!

The original can be found here: Spring Fever: Why Germans Don’t Feel Frisky!. Please read the original.While Canadians get spring fever, Germans don't. They get Frühjahrsmüdigkeit, or spring tiredness. Turns out they're not the only ones! Fin...

Deutsch am Donnerstag – Germany’s youth words of the year 2014

The Germans like to collect words of the year. There is the most used word of the year “Wort des Jahres”, the worst word “Unwort des Jahres”  and since 2008 there is also the youth word of the year, “Jugendwort des Ja...

Deutsch am Donnerstag – Spielplatz

The other day I walked past a playground. There were no children and I was very tempted to use the equipment … instead I just took a picture  The verb ‘spielen’ means ‘to play’, so every noun starting with ‘Spiel...

Deutsch am Donnerstag – Tee

Did you know the Germans drink more tea than the British??? Really? That can’t be true … and you’re right. According to Wikipedia, Germany is way behind the UK when it comes to drinking tea. But … The East Frisians (die Ostfr...

Deutsch am Donnerstag – Kirmes

Today I’m taking you to the fair, die Kirmes, also known as ‘der Jahrmarkt’, but you don’t have to go on any of the rides  Can you guess what some of the rides are called in German? Yes, rides like the ‘Vortex’...

What subjects do German school children learn?

  Shortly after I posted Thursday’s post about school I spoke to a student about school subjects and the question came up:”What subject do German children learn?” In the four years at primary school they learn the following ge...

Mein Poesiealbum – remembering my friendship book

The other day I was asked by a German friend if I still had a poem book and if I remembered the following verse: “Willst du glücklich sein im Leben, trage bei zu Anderer Glück Denn die Freude, die wir geben, kehrt ins eigne Herz zurück.̶...

Is this the season of the pickled gherkins?

Do you know what the word ‘Sauregurkenzeit’ means? Literally, it means the time (Zeit) of the pickled gherkins (saure Gurken).  Originally, the word came from the time when there was very little food around and people had to rely on foo...

Going to university? Why not study in Germany?

It won’t be long until the A-level results are out and soon  new sets of students will start their studies at universities and will accumulate huge debts thanks to the high tuition fees (currently up to £9000 per year in England). But if your...

4 Years of Travel Blogging and Living in Germany

The original can be found here: 4 Years of Travel Blogging and Living in Germany. Please read the original. In celebration of my four year blog anniversary I share what life is really like living in Germany, how it is being married to a German and ma...

April, April – April Fool!

April Fool’s Day is celebrated (if that’s what we can call it) every year on the 1st April, not just here but in many countries, including Germany. April fool jokes are called Aprilscherze (der Aprilscherz, if it’s just one) Jeman...

Medieval town – straight out of the box

This week I was in Ochtrup – a town in the Münsterland, near the Dutch border. The city fathers have just constructed a new “medieval” walled town in the centre of the village. Actually it’s one of those outlet-centres where...
by Planet Germany on Nov 11, 2012

Medieval town – straight out of the box

This week I was in Ochtrup – a town in the Münsterland, near the Dutch border. The city fathers have just constructed a new “medieval” walled town in the centre of the village. Actually it’s one of those outlet-centres where...
by Planet Germany on Nov 11, 2012

Mönchengladbach Pongs

I was out and about in Mönchengladbach yesterday when I saw a sight which filled me with that kind of joy which only a Brit in Germany can experience. That same jovial smile crossed my features as happens whenever a … Continue reading →...
by Planet Germany on Nov 10, 2012

Mönchengladbach Pongs

I was out and about in Mönchengladbach yesterday when I saw a sight which filled me with that kind of joy which only a Brit in Germany can experience. That same jovial smile crossed my features as happens whenever a … Continue reading →...
by Planet Germany on Nov 10, 2012

More weird stuff appearing in German shops…

OK – the Christmas goodies started appearing in the shops in late August, the Halloween merchandise in early September, and now, finally in October a small display of essential products to mark a German festival which is actually celebrated at...
by Planet Germany on Oct 20, 2012

More weird stuff appearing in German shops…

OK – the Christmas goodies started appearing in the shops in late August, the Halloween merchandise in early September, and now, finally in October a small display of essential products to mark a German festival which is actually celebrated at...
by Planet Germany on Oct 20, 2012

And the Planet Germany award for the best named German Imbiß (snack bar) goes to….

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by Planet Germany on Oct 4, 2012


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