One of the most disconcerting things about moving to a new country is the unfamiliar legal system. Even where there are similarities in how things are done back home, a time often comes when we simply are not sure if something is legal or not. That can be a real issue if you are not fluent in the local language. Continue reading “English Translations of German Civil and Fiscal Codes”
I suspect many of you who drive to Germany for holidays or whatever are guilty of this. My best mate and his three sons came to visit from England and they brought over several month’s supply Tetley tea bags, English bacon and Cheddar cheese.
As you can see, rather than taking the truck back empty they took advantage of the cheap booze here. No Riesling made it onto the truck – we polished the whole lot off at the weekend…
For those of you who might be struggling, here is a very useful little video produced by the Deutsches Weininstitut (German Wine Institute) on how to pronounce the various German wine terms and their meanings:
To see their website which has a host of information on German wines in general (in English) click here.
Here’s a couple of screenshots from my iPhone showing the apps which are currently 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.
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.
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 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. Continue reading “Learning German in a Teacher’s Home”
The Germans like to stick words together to make even longer words. Here is a German video which actually picks fun at that. It’s hilarious even if you don’t understand it!
Many German words can be a bit of a mouthful for foreigners to pronounce. Happily, we can take comfort from the fact that there are some English words that the Germans find challenging, as you will see in this video.
I just had to post this bit of classic British comedy from the Seventies. Possibly a bit politically incorrect now but hilarious all the same! Enjoy…