German speakers around the world
October 09, 2018
The German language is represented in every corner of the world.
Around 289 million people around the world either speak it or have learnt it at some point. Roughly 103 million of those grew up with the language and name German as their mother tongue. So in wh...
“Quadratisch, praktisch, gut.”: the peculiarities and features of the language of advertising
August 21, 2018
“Guten Freunden gibt man ein Küsschen.”, “Wohnst du noch oder lebst du schon?” oder “Sie baden gerade Ihre Hände drin.”
– there are some advertising slogans in German that immediately burn themselves into your memory. Admit it as quietly as you like – even you can probably assign a particular slogan ...
False friends: words that look the same but mean completely different things
July 19, 2018
Learning a new language can definitely be enjoyable, but is by no means child’s play. Ambitious language-learners are never happier than when they stumble across familiar-looking words here...
‘King Football’ and ball hogs: the language of football
June 18, 2018
‘The ball is round and the game lasts 90 minutes’: this piece of footballing wisdom espoused by Sepp Herberger, a former German national team coach, is a popular quotation. Although n...
Untranslatable words: lost in translation... or as the Germans would say, “Drachenfutter ist sicher keine Schnapsidee”
May 25, 2018
Language has the ability to fire the imagination. Can you imagine how much more boring the world would be if there were only one uniform language? Languages are fascinating – through them w...
Homonyms: “Good luck mastering this language!”
April 26, 2018
The German language certainly has its quirks – that’s common knowledge. However, words that fill philologists with enthusiasm often leave German learners rather baffled. A recent vira...
Where does the word ‘Easter’ really come from? No one knows for sure...
March 27, 2018
From a theological perspective, Easter is the most significant of the Christian festivals and it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In popular belief, Easter is also the classical Sprin...
The mother of all languages - fact or fiction?
February 07, 2018
There are around 7,000 languages in the world
An almost unfathomable inventory of different words for one and the same thing. Some languages are closely related, others just have common roots, and yet more seemingly have nothing in common at...
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