Trading German Beer for English Tea & Bacon

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…

German Wine Terms Pronunciation

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.

Apps for Learning German

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?

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.

Germans Struggling in English

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.

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