Apps for Learning German

Here are a couple of screenshots from my ‘phone showing the apps which have been helping me on my German learning journey.

My favourites are Lingvist and Duolingo, both of which have free content. Speak and Translate costs a few Euros but is great as you can speak into it and it will translate what you have said.

Mosel Riesling: Like the Juice of Crushed Slate

I am reposting this article as it’s pretty interesting and my new readers may have missed it. Who would have thought of the slate acting as a kind of natural storage heater for the vines?

The Finest Wines Available To Humanity

Not that you can get juice from crushed slate, but the image definitely evokes the focused, flinty character of rieslings from the Mosel.

In this most northerly of wine regions (it’s at 50° latitude; the latitudinal range for wine growing is 28°-50°) the bits of slate that litter the vineyards store the sun’s heat, transferring the energy to vines which would otherwise lose the will during the cold night hours. The Mosel river itself also helps to nourish the vines, reflecting the sun on to the slopes and providing that extra bit of warmth that encourages the vines along.

And what about those slopes:

Bremmer Calmont

‘Steep’ barely covers it. Look across the river at certain vineyard blocks and they look vertical . The Bremmer Calmont (Bremm is the town, Calmont the vineyard. This is a naming system you will come to recognise if you drink Mosel wines) vineyard on the bow of the river between Trier and Koblenz is the steepest in…

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Learning German in a Teacher’s Home

Some of you may recall back in August 2016 I embarked on an intensive German language learning home tuition experience with Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt-Online in the beautiful Bavarian city of Bamberg. There I spent two weeks living in the beautiful home of my native host teacher doing one-on-one lessons all day, Monday to Friday as well as going on leisure activities with my hosts at weekends.

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Courses taught in English at Trier University

Trier University offers several Masters courses which are entirely taught in English. These are:

  • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Arts in International Economy and Public Policy
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Master of Arts in European and East Asian Governance
  • Master of Science in Survey Statistics

For more information, their website can be found by clicking here.

Do Germans have a Sense of Humour?

Do Germans have a sense of humour? This can be the subject of a very long debate, but the BBC Travel website has gone to some lengths in explaining things in a very interesting article titled “Why people think Germans aren’t funny”.

The article gives some very plausible explanations as to why German humour isn’t funny to English speakers and vice versa. Click here to go to the article.

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