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Deutschtests - High Hurdles for Spouses? - Artikelempfehlung

Since 2007, the foreign spouse of a German national must be able to prove they can speak a certain level of German before they can legally stay in the country. It may sound simple, but isn't always, if perhaps you travel so much for work that you can't regularly attend a German course. Perhaps there simply are no German courses in your area. Or maybe you don't have the electricity, computer and internet connection necessary to visit a German-learning website, much less read the article below....

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Women, a Dirndl apron-tie code, und natürlich Oktoberfest!

If you’re headed to Oktoberfest this year, be sure to check out the apron ties on the womens’ Dirndls. (Ja, Dirndl. 4 consonants all together. It’s the traditional Bavarian dress we all so know and (many of us) love. Here’s how to decipher whether a woman is committed or still on the market, plus a few more tips for your visit to Oktoberfest.

Click here to read the article on Spiegel.de.

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German Directness, Pt 2. Are you Catholic or Protestant?

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When I lived in Lippstadt I had great neighbors. I lived in Lipperode, a village that belonged to Lippstadt. The fascinating single mom next door, the heating oil guy and his wife across the street, the lovely couple in their 50s on the other side, and next to them, kitty-corner from us, lived Horst and his wife.

Horst had taken early retirement and was quite involved locally. He volunteered a lot, one of his positions being President of the village board for the protestant church. A...

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German Directness, Pt 1. Have you gained weight?

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Germans are incredibly direct. A German really will ask you if you've gained weight (Haben Sie zugenommen?), just as someone might ask if you have lost weight at another time (Haben Sie abgenommen?).

 

Why do they think it's OK to ask such a personal question?

What's disconcerting for people from the States, is that we don't ask this question unless we can tell for certain. For a German on the other hand, this question is simply a matter of fact and by no means a judgement.

Ask any...

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Deutsch-juedisches Kulturerbe / German-Jewish Cultural Heritage

Deutsch Jüdisches Kulturerbe German-Jewish Cultural HeritageThe Deutsche Welle now has multimedia project on their site that has researched Jewish Germans who have gone to other countries and collected their stories. It’s a fascinating project that tells stories from around the world.

Take a gander by clicking here.

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