First published on Fair Languages.
Reading how many or better put how few British students took their A levels in German this year, I thought I’d start a series of posts giving some good reasons why studying German might be useful and to do away with some popular but false stereotypes such as German is fairly complicated and difficult to learn.
This also goes along with my new podcast on Fair Languages, German Hacks, in which I share some quick and dirty strategies of how to hack the German language.
So today, let’s talk about numbers!
There is a saying that describes the relationship between Germany and France pretty well.
Die Deutschen lieben Frankreich, bewundern es aber nicht. Die Franzosen bewundern Deutschland, lieben es aber nicht.
The Germans love France but don’t admire it, the French admire Germany but don’t love it.
A tweet of French communist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon in response to Angela Merkel’s criticism on how France and Italy are handling their economies is pretty telling.
Maul zu, Frau #Merkel ! Frankreich ist frei. Occupez-vous de vos pauvres et de vos équipements en ruines !
Wir leben alle unter dem gleichen Himmel, aber wir haben nicht alle den gleichen Horizont.
We all live under the same sky, but we do not all have the same horizon.
Today marks the official start of the Advent season in Germany. Die Adventszeit hat begonnen. It is a time that is especially exciting for children as der Weihnachtsabend – Christmas Eve is now less than a month away.
There are quite some traditions around the Adventszeit that help Germans to get in the mood for Weihnachten – Christmas, so let’s take a look at some in this post.
Thanksgiving – looking at the social media posts around that date, undoubtedly one of the most important, if not the most important holiday in the United States. But what about Thanksgiving in Germany?
Other than Christmas, and Halloween more recently, which have been equally commercialized over the past decades, the Erntedankfest has maintained a rather low profile.