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“Wonder candle” and “Lamp fever”: Some New German Words

I haven't done one of these posts in a long time, so I thought it was time for one. It's going to be short and sweet, but nevertheless you'll hopefully leave this blog knowing a new word or seven! Here are some of the words I've written down along my German journey that are worth… Continue reading “Wonder candle” and “Lamp fever”: Some New German Words

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10 Food Idioms in English

I write a lot about the German language in my blog, but whilst reading an article the other day and seeing the phrase "He was egged on", it occurred to me how much fun the English language can be, too. To a non-native, you might look at the egg-sentence and wonder what the hell happened… Continue reading 10 Food Idioms in English

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German: The aggressive language

If you can't speak German, there's a chance you might think of it as an aggressive language. You may think it sounds aggressive because you make links to certain people from the past, but, funnily enough, no, it's not an aggressive language. You could easily make English sound aggressive, for example - it just depends… Continue reading German: The aggressive language

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Fun German words: From “Belly speakers” to “sitting giants”

If you're up-to-date with my blog, you'll know I love the German language (kind of helps when you're living in Germany, I guess). Throughout my day-to-day life I come across wonderful words and phrases that sometimes throw me off in a conversation, or just make me laugh a little too much. Being the geek that… Continue reading Fun German words: From “Belly speakers” to “sitting giants”

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“Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German

To start off this post, I think it's worth saying a little thank you to the Facebook page "Learn useless German" for sharing one of my language-related blogs - much appreciated! Anyway, in the meantime I've been writing down funny words and phrases I've been learning (or reminded about), and I noticed a trend with certain… Continue reading “Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German

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“We have to pull out that tooth”: German Idioms Part III

I've said it many times and I'll say it many more times again - I love German. Here are some more idioms as to why I love it! Kleine Sünden bestraft der liebe Gott sofort. Literally: "The lovely God punishes small sins immediately". Translation: "Karma". Where we'd probably simply say "karma" (plus perhaps "'s a… Continue reading “We have to pull out that tooth”: German Idioms Part III

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“Are you sober?”: Where to be careful when learning German

German can be a tricky language sometimes, despite me having learnt it over half my life and having a degree in it. It's quite worrying when I come across a situation where I completely misunderstand what has been said, but it does make for good stories afterwards. And good blog posts. Here are some random… Continue reading “Are you sober?”: Where to be careful when learning German

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15 New Random German Words

Time for a blog post not just listing what I've been up to. At work, I learn a lot of German words, which was kind of expected, but there are some words I never thought I'd end up learning. At least not in a publishing house. You see, one of my tasks (which I haven't… Continue reading 15 New Random German Words