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Zehn lustige Dinge, die meine Kunden gesagt haben
Hier sind zehn lustige Dinge, die meine Kunden gesagt haben.
Here are 10 funny things my clients have said.
- der Wasserhahn
- sein = to be. sein = his
- sich verlieben in + Akk
- Drogen oder Medikamente?!
- der Schmetterling
- etwas gebacken kriegen
- der Öko-Spießer (use with caution!)
- not Schwiegereltern, but...
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem with the Bel Canto Chorus
For those of you who don't know yet, I (Frau Warner) am also a classical singer and I love the Germanic repertoire. The Bel Canto Chorus here in Milwaukee, along with the Kettle Moraine Symphony, is performing Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) on May 21, 2023 at 3:00 pm.
If you're unfamiliar with the text, or would simply like to enjoy getting to know the text before the concert (or maybe you simply love music, like I do?!), these videos are for you!
In each video, one …
Sagt man «Viel Glück» oder «Viel Erfolg»?
Wishing someone "good luck" in German often goes one of two ways--either "Viel Glück!" or "Viel Erfolg!" Which one you use depends on what you want to say. It's part of the entire cultural aspect of luck, and Germans have specific ways in which they try to find luck.
Today you'll learn how to give these wishes in German and what marzipan has to do with all of it.
How to find good luck in Germany
If you need some luck and you see a Schornsteinfeger (a chimney sweep), then do what I did the o…
What is a Stammtisch?
der Stammtisch – an inadequate translation is “group of regulars.”
Today you'll learn:
- what a Stammtisch is in Germany and how it differs in the US,
- what you need to know before you go,
- how often to expect to attend a Stammtisch,
- where they take place,
- and something called Einmal ist keinmal.
Sind Sie bereit? Los geht's!
What is a Stammtisch?
A Stammtisch is different in Germany it is in the US, so let's start with the original Stammtisch:
- a regu…
How and How Much to Tip in Germany
Giving a tip in German is ein Trinkgeld geben or simply Trinkgeld geben.
It's different from the US, and in this episode you'll learn:
- how much to tip for a coffee
- how much to tip for an inexpensive, sit-down lunch
- how much to tip for a nicer dinner out
And you'll learn what to say when you give the tip.
A lot of people ask me this question, and if they have an idea of the answer, it's usually a vague "You round up, right?"
That's actually pretty close!
How to tip for coffee:
11 Interesting and Important Facts About Austria
This month clients in the group classes and private lessons are learning about Austria. They have access to an online lesson with typical Austrian phrases and expressions and we also had a Konversationskurs, a Conversation Class, all about Austria.
Here you get to learn some of what my clients have learned about Austria this month, including how to pronounce Österreich.
Die Krimmler Wasserfälle (The Health Secret!) https://www.austria.info/en/wellbeing-nature/lakes-mountains/krimml-w…
How do you "Tell your folks I says hi" in German?
Ope! Almost forgot to tell you this important thing about greetings in the Germanic cultures.
Although we have loads of people with German heritage in Wisconsin, and Charlie Berens has taught us the brilliance of the phrase "Tell your folks I says hi," here, this custom doesn't require as many elements as in the Germanic countries.
There, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, it's different. And it's important. It's an important cultural custom that gets overlooked frequently if you don't know…
Which German Dictionaries are Good for Learners: Books, Websites, and Apps
Learning how to use a German-English dictionary effectively is one of the single skills which can really help support you in your German learning adventure.
German learners frequently ask: Which German-English dictionary should I buy? Is it worth buying the big one? How do I know which dictionary will be right for me? Are the online German dictionaries better?
In this blog post/podcast episode, I'll guide you step-by-step through which dictionary you can/should use as a beginner through the el…
The 3 Elements Which Make German Hard...or Easy...to Learn
There are three elements which make German hard (or easy...ok easier...) to learn:
- Materials & Resources
- Instructor(s) or lack there of.
Today you'll learn about these three elements and how they may make German harder to learn, or maybe easier.
Together these elements create one big constellation.
Which ones help you? Which ones are simply good enough? And which elements don't help you?
Definitely cue in to the next episode next week. ;-)
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