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Do you miss Oktoberfest, too? Here's how to create a meaningful Oktoberfest at home.

Do you miss Oktoberfest, too_ Create meaningful Oktoberfest at home

So ein Pech!

No Octoberfest this year. Oktoberfest would have been from September 19 to October 4.

So...we make our own!

Here are the three ingredients to make yourself a fun (and safe) Oktoberfest right at home:

Schlager. Essen. Dekorationen.

Schlager Music. Food. Decorations.

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Take this Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Take This Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria

Wenn man nicht reisen kann, egal ob man zu wenig Geld hat oder es eine Pandemie gibt, kann man immer das Internet benutzen, um eine virtuelle Reise zu machen.

Es kostet nichts und man kann die gleiche Reise immer wieder machen.

Diese Woche gibt es eine Videoreise nach Bayern. Sie können verschiedene Seen sehen, eine Wiese, verschiedene Städte und vieles mehr.

Kommen Sie für 4 Minuten, 30 Sekunden mit nach Bayern.

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When the time isn't right to travel, no matter if it's because money is tight...

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Ein Zitat von Hildegard von Bingen ~ A Quote from Hildegard von Bingen

Zitat Hildegard von Bingen

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Woche der deutschen Küche: Spätzle

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What are they, noodles? Dumplings?

It doesn't matter--it's SPÄTZLE!

I don't believe you've really had German food until you've had homemade Spätzle.

Maybe you've tried dried Spätzle noodles? They're ok. You can find them at ALDI several times a year here.

Spätzle at many Germanic restaurants here is usually pre-made and then reheated in a pan. They're ok but usually they dry out quickly and then they're tough to eat.

The best Spätzle are made at home. They take time,...

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3 Easy Ideas for Your «Adventskranz»

3 Ideas for Your Adventskranz

der Adventskranz = advent wreath

 
Do you know the difference between Advent and Christmas?

Growing up, I never really understood the difference. I even got an Advent calendar from my grandmother every year, but nobody ever explained to me the difference very clearly.

So you can imagine that it was a bit of a shock when I moved to Germany and found out: »Advent ist nicht Weihnachten!«.

No, Advent is *not* Christmas. It is the time before Christmas.

Here's how I learned the...

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The 3 Phrases You Need to Survive Oktoberfest

The Three Phrases You Need to Survive Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is almost here--this year it's September 21st through Oktober 6th--only ten days away!

Pack up your Dirndl, your Lederhosen, your Maß and your Handy, and make sure you take enough cash with you. This year one liter of Bier costs anywhere from EUR 11,40 to EUR 15,90. A soda costs at least EUR 8 in any tent, plus you're going to need some fabulous Bavarian food to sustain you through all the rides and singing.

So what if you're going to Oktoberfest but you don't speak German?

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Fahrradurlaub

Hallo ihr Lieben,

diese Woche mache ich Urlaub. Ich mache einen Fahrradurlaub! Hurra!

(Damit Sie Bescheid wissen: ich trage immer einen Fahrradhelm, wenn ich mit dem Fahrrad fahre. Das sollen Sie auch immer machen.)

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Ich lese diese Woche keine E-Mails und beantworte keine Nachrichten.

Freizeit muss auch sein!

Viele Grüße

Ihre Nicole

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What does "zwischen den Jahren" mean?

What does zwischen den Jahren mean

At the end of the year a lot of Germans use the phrase zwischen den Jahren. Between the years?! That's not possible!

Or is it?

There are two things you need to know about this phrase zwischen den Jahren.

1. It's a real thing.

A lot of German offices shut down on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) and don't open again until after Neujahr (New Year's Day). That means all their everything must be done on December 23rd! Since they won't be back to work until the new year has begun, then they have...

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Frohes Channuka!

Frohes Channuka

Today is the first day of Hanukkah (or Chanukka...no matter which way you spell it, it's the Festival of Lights!) It's the perfect opportunity for you to learn about Chanukka - auf Deutsch!

Currently there are approximately 98,500 members of Jewish communities in Germany. These members are a part of about 110 Jewish communities all around Germany, which you can read about here.

 

More on Chanukka - auf Deutsch!

When you've learned the vocabulary words, try reading this short article on...

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